Removing Stains From Clothes That Have Been Dried

Regardless of how careful you are, chances are you’ll end up with a stain(s) on your clothes at some point. If this happens, you’ll be forced to either throw away your clothes or remove the stain(s).

How to remove stains from clothes that have been dried

For many (including myself), throwing clothes is not an option, and that leaves only one thing: removing the stains.

Unfortunately, removing stains is not easy. It is with this that we’ve opted to share with you this post or guide on how to remove stains from clothing that have been dried.

Below is a detailed look at how to remove stains from clothes that have dried.

Get The Right Products

If you are going to remove the stain(s) from dried clothes, you will need the right products. Luckily, these right products are easy to find. In fact, you might have some of these products in your home right now.

Here is a list of products that you’ll need when removing stains from clothes that have been dried.

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Baking Soda
  • Corn Starch
  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Acetone
  • Spray Bottle
  • Peroxide
  • Glycerin
  • Stain-Removal Sprays & Sticks

How To Remove Stains From Clothes That Have Been Dried?

Now that you have some knowledge of the products that’ll you need when removing stains from clothes that have been dried we can shift our attention to the details of how to remove the said stains.

You can go about removing stains from clothes that have been dried in many ways. There is an option of using detergents, and certain products can also do the job very nicely. Below is a breakdown of all these:

Liquid Detergent

Rubbing a little bit of liquid detergent of the stained area and letting it rest for a few minutes is one way of dealing with dried, stained clothes. Once you’ve done it, let it soak for few minutes.

This gives your detergent enough time to tackle the stain. Once you are sure that you’ve given it adequate time, launder it as usual.

Stain Removal Sticks & Sprays

One of the products that’ll help you do away with stains is stain-removal sticks and sprays. A big plus with this particular product is how easy it is to use.

Take your stain-removal sticks and sprays and use them on the stained area of your clothing. In most cases, this usually does the trick.

So let’s say you are working with grease stains or ink stains on your clothes. Simply take your stain-removal sticks and sprays and apply them to the stain.

When using a stick to remove stain from dried clothes, rub it on the affected area. This will absorb the stain from the clothes.

Once you’ve done this, wash your clothes as usual. Equally important to note, always remember to follow the directions as indicated.

This increases your chances of removing stains from clothes that have been dried.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another product that’s a must-have for anyone interested in removing stains from dried clothes. Fun fact, baking soda is an ideal product to use if you are dealing with grease stains.

To do away with stains, add baking soda to your wash and run your clothing through again.

Corn Starch

Rubbing corn starch directly on a stain is another way of removing stains on dried clothes. Once you’ve rubbed corn starch on the stain, wait a few minutes, then wash your clothes normally.

This very effective method works on all types of stains, including grease stains and ink stains.


As already noted, one way of doing away with stains is stain-removal sticks. Unfortunately, some people abuse it and, as such, end up creating or having a new stain.

In the event this happens, you can use Acetone to remove the stain. Acetone is a substance commonly found in nail polish.

When using, it is important to first make sure that your clothe(s) is machine washable or colorfast as it can further discolor your clothe(s).


Bleach is another powerful product when removing stains from dried clothes. Unfortunately, however, bleach is very powerful. Simply put, it can damage your clothes very easily if not handled correctly.

To make sure that you are safe, it is best that you first start off using diluted oxygen bleach. If the stain is still there you can use chlorine bleach on the stain.

Liquid glycerine is another perfect product to use when dealing with stains. In fact liquid glycerine is highly advised if you are dealing with old stubborn stains.

Simply rub the liquid glycerine on the affected area and let it rest for a few minutes. Once you are done launder your clothes as usual, and the stain will completely be removed.

Two-Step Methods For Removing Stains From Dried Clothes

In some instances, a combination of two products is required in order to remove stains from dried, stained clothes.

One such combination is baking soda and white vinegar (distilled). This is a perfect stain removal technique, especially if you are dealing with non-grease stains.

This is because of vinegar’s acid nature and baking soda’s absorbing ability.

To get it right, simply soak the stained area with vinegar and sprinkle baking soda over it. Once you are done leave it to rest for at least 30 minutes.

In some instances, you might have to continuously spray vinegar on the affected area (stain area).

Once 30 minutes have elapsed, rinse the area with water, then spray vinegar once more on the affected area.

Once you are done with this step you can launder your clothes as normal. Worth noting, this two-step method is sure to remove just about any stain.

removing stains from clothes that have been dried

Dish Soap & Peroxide

Another perfect combination when it comes to dealing with stains on dried clothes is dish soap and peroxide.

This particular combination works best when dealing with stains like pasta sauce or mustard. For this stain removal procedure, mix both peroxide and dish soap on a spray bottle.

Once you have the right mixture, spray it on the stain you want to remove. Now gently rub the area you’ve just sprayed, after which allow it to rest preferably overnight.

It is very important to leave it overnight if you are dealing with mustard or pasta stains. This is because these two types of stain usually end up dying your clothes; removing them can be tricky.

Once you’ve given it enough time, launder your dried stained clothe(s) as usual. Do this right, and you should have clothes with no stains whatsoever.


Removing stains from clothes that have been dried is not as difficult as it might seem.

With the right products and a simple rub and scrub technique, you should be able to do away with just about any stain.

While the above products are perfect when dealing with stains on clothes that have been dried, they are not 100%. In other words, they might fail to do away with the stain completely.

In the event, this happens re-do the whole process. You can as well use another product or method.

The key is knowing the type of stain you are working with and the products you are using.