Stain Removal Tips

This post is brought to you by Vanish Stain Solver.

I’m no stranger to stains and stain removal.

With three kids who seem to have a knack with getting clothes dirty, I am constantly trying to remove all kinds of stains from their clothes. I’m amazed at how filthy the cuffs on my son’s school shirt can get after only one day – it’s like he rubs them in the dirt!

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I did treat the dirty cuffs, but my son wore it to school before I could take a photo of the result. It came up well though! Whether is grass, mud, food or oil – different stains require different stain removal techniques.

My number one tip is:

Treat the stain as soon as possible.

The longer the stain is in the fabric the harder it will be to remove it.

Oil stains are particularly annoying.

You’re eating a salad and drop some lettuce on your shirt and BOOM – oil stain. With an oil stain it really needs to be treated asap if possible. I wore a (brand new) shirt to work the other day and got three nasty oil stains on it after and incident with some nut butter which had a pool of oil on the top. I tried to spoon some nut butter out and flicked the oil on my shirt!!  I was at work so I couldn’t just strip off, I soaked up as much excess oil as I could with tissues and paper towel. To soak up the excess oil you can sprinkle corn flour on the stain and leave it for a while, then brush off the excess flour with a toothbrush, being careful not to rub it in. After you have removed as much oil as possible treat the area with a stain removal product – I used Vanish Napisan Oxi Action but Vanish also have a degreaser which is better for oil stains. Then pop in the wash.

If the oil stain is old there’s no chance of soaking any excess oil off, so just treat with a pre-wash stain removal product. The one below is a grey shirt which had a huge oil stain on it. The picture was taken in the laundry and the light was weird and gave the picture this weird pink halo thing but you can see the stain.

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Before washing, I treated the old oil stain with Vanish Oxi Action spray (left it for about 7 minutes) and also popped some Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Powder (dissolved in warm water) directly into the load of washing.

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This is the shirt after treatment. The oil stain has gone. Like I said this was an old oil stain so this was a very good result.


The kids usually have a mix of dirt, grass and food stains on their clothes – sometimes all three and more! I find for these types of stains, a pre-treating product like Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Trigger works best and for tougher stains you can make a paste out of the Vanish Napisan Oxi Action powder and a little warm water. Just rub a bit of this paste into the stain 5-10 minutes before putting in the wash. Remember to read the instructions on the stain removal product you use, especially if you are treating delicate fabrics.

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For more tips on stain removal check out the Vanish Stain Solver.

I would love to hear you tips for removing tricky stains, please leave a comment below and share the stain removal love 🙂

Love Mummahh


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Vanish Napisan Oxi Action. I received a nominal fee for my time and the following products to facilitate this post: 1 x Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Powder (RRP $10) and 1 x Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Trigger (RRP $6). Although this is a sponsored post the views expressed are entirely my own.

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