Did you accidentally spill something on your favorite shirt only to find out that you’ve run out of bleach, lemon and baking soda to remove the stain? Don’t worry! There are other ways to remove it. Here are seven lesser known ways to remove stains from your clothes:

Artificial Sweetener

If you spill oil on your shirt while cooking your favorite meal in the kitchen, a quick way to remove the stain is to use a packet or two of artificial sweetener like Splenda or Sweet ‘N Low. These artificial sweeteners are made of fine powder, which goes through the weave of your shirt and soaks up the oil that has seeped into it. Now you can wash your shirt without worrying about a stubborn stain.


Yes, bread. The doughy center of a slice of white bread, actually. It sounds weird but you can use this to remove lipstick marks and other similar stains from dry-clean only wool clothing. Just remove the crust, roll the center of the bread into a ball, and then use it to blot the stain until it comes off. (This trick works on dirt on suede too!)

Milk Bath

Have you had a milk bath? Bet you didn’t have your clothes on when you did. But did you know that milk baths are great for clothes too? To be exact, you can use a milk bath to remove ink stains from colored clothes. Just soak your clothes in milk overnight and you’ll find that the stain is gone when you’re ready to launder them the next day!

Hair Spray

If milk is good for colored clothes with ink stains, hair spray works wonders with white shirts! All you have to do to remove ink stains from a white shirt is to apply hair spray to the area. It breaks down the ink, which makes it easier to remove when you wash your shirt.

Baby Powder

Got oil stain on your favorite leather jacket? Baby powder is here to save your beloved clothing. Coat the area with baby powder and let it work its magic overnight. You’ll find that the stain is gone the next morning. (If there’s any residue left, just repeat the process for a few more hours until it is completely gone.)

Shaving Cream

If you’re one of those girls who always get makeup on the collar of their shirts while getting ready in the morning, there’s a quick solution to fix that. Put a little bit of shaving cream on a washcloth and dab your collar with it. It will remove the stain immediately so you wouldn’t have to change outfits and potentially ruin your makeup look.

Wax Paper

You can use wax paper to remove, well, wax from your clothing. Place a sheet of wax paper over the hardened wax on your clothing, and then iron over the area. When you remove the sheet, the wax will come off with it.

So these are seven clever and unusual ways to remove different stains from your clothing. Keep these tricks in mind just in case of a stain emergency.