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The University of Illinois created an amazing list of instructions on how to get your stains out. It's the most comprehensive list I know of. We think it's amazing because it gives you instructions on which cleaning products to use for the general types of materials you have accidentally stained.

Universal Truths

Stains need to treated quickly, before the molecules have time to dry onto the material. Every hour that it stays on the material, it will be exponentially harder to take out.

Coffee With or Without Cream

This tip is for washable apparel fabric like your shirt.

"With Cream

  1. Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
  2. If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
  3. For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above."

"Without Cream

  1. Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of one quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar. Rinse.
  2. Sponge with rubbing alcohol, using light motions from center to edge of stain.
  3. Soak for 30 minutes in one quart warm water with one tablespoon enzyme presoak products.
  4. If color stain remains, launder in chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric, or in oxygen bleach."

226 Different Stains

The list is so comprehensive that it includes 8 diff types of condiments (vinegar, Worchestershire, A1, soy sauce, salad dressing, relish, catsup, BBQ sauce). Even coffee has a "black" or "with cream" option.

It's so comprehensive that it tells you how to get the stain out for your clothes, carpet, and upholstery.