Even with all of the things we can spill on our laundry, there are really only five types of stains - protein, oil-based, tannin, dye and combination. Once you learn the correct way to treat each of these groups, you'll be a stain-removal pro.
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Combination StainsCombination stains like ballpoint ink, crayon, gravy and makeup contain both an oily/waxy component and a dye/pigment component. Start by removing the oily portion first and then tackle the dye stain. Take your time and most will come out completely.
02 of 02Sometimes stains appear that no one seems to know how or when they happened. Before you dive in, check a few clues and first, do no harm. Begin with the most gentle methods and ramp up the treatment as needed.