Mustard from that corn dog. Your dripping morning coffee. Toothpaste. Stains happen! Many people believe that once a garment has a spot on it, it's time for the wash—but this isn't always true. By spot-washing and re-wearing your garments, you create less wear-and-tear on your clothes and the environment.
This guide will walk you through the process of washing a spot out of a garment. Have a tricky stain? Check out our Stain Removal page for the proper cleaning agent.
Using a toothbrush, gently work the cleaning agent into the stain.
Use an up-and-down motion with the brush—tapping the stain with the bristles—as opposed to a back-and-forth motion which can damage the fibers of the garment.
Work the stain out of the garment. If the stain isn't releasing, check out the Stain Removal page for help on your particular stain.
Rinse the spot throughly with cold water.
Lay a towel out on a waterproof surface.
With the wet area facing up, place your garment on the towel and allow it to dry.