How to Treat Common Summertime Laundry Stains

The summer months are full of sunshine, laughter, food, and fun. But sometimes summertime foods, drinks and more can end up as summertime stains all over you! Fortunately, at Fresh Clothes we have some simple solutions for those common summertime stains. Use our pickup and delivery laundry service to solve all of your laundry needs this summer!


Grass is a very common summertime stain, especially if you have young children who love playing outdoors. Grass stains are some of the toughest to get out, but if you use these tips, you will have your clothes looking fresh and clean in no time. The first thing to remember when dealing with grass stains is to act fast! The quicker you start treating it, the easier the stain will come out. Here are two methods to get grass stains out with ease.

  1. Pretreat the stain with a paste mixed with powdered laundry detergent (must contain enzymes) and water. Then, launder in hottest temperature possible. If the stain does not disappear, repeat. Make sure you don’t throw your clothing in the dryer until the stain is completely gone!
  2. Rubbing Alcohol is an alternative. When using rubbing alcohol, first, dab the stain in water, then dab with rubbing alcohol. Let this sit for about an hour. Then, launder as usual. If the stain is not removed, repeat.
BBQ Sauce:

One of the most enjoyable parts of summer are the backyard barbecues. They are very enjoyable but can also be very messy. Luckily, I have a fool-proof method for getting out those stubborn BBQ stains.
When removing a barbeque stain, first remove any excess sauce so you are just dealing with the actual stain. Then rinse the article of clothing in cold water. After rinsing, gently rub dish washing soap, liquid, or powdered detergent over top of the stain. Rinse again. Next, dab the stain with white vinegar, rinse and repeat until you can get as much of the stain out as possible. Then launder your article of clothing.

Chocolate Ice Cream:

Chocolate ice cream is a great treat to use to cool off on those hot summer days. But it is almost impossible to eat without getting a few drops on your clothes. Here is a foolproof way to get out this common summertime stain. First, you will want to remove any excess ice cream by blotting with a damp cloth. Then, apply a mixture of equal parts dish soap and baking soda on the stain. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Launder as normal.


Deodorant and antiperspirants are a MUST in the summer heat. The stains can be a little tricky to get out, but as long as you act fast, you should not have that much trouble. First, you will want to rub the stain with baby wipes for a few minutes to get the waxy texture off. Then, saturate the stain with 100% lemon juice, sprinkle with table salt and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and repeat. Scrub with an old toothbrush if the stain remains. Then, launder as normal.


Blood: something I don’t enjoy seeing or taking out of my clothes. Whether it is the aftermath of a nosebleed, or various scrapes from sporting practices, there is always hope in removing these stains.

For fresh blood stains, blot, and ring thoroughly with cold water. Then, let the cloth soak in very cold saltwater for several hours. Launder and hopefully, your stain will be no more.

If this method does not work, treat the article of clothing with 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Then ring with cold water again and launder. This method is especially helpful if you are trying to treat old, dried up blood stains.

Milk is also a good treatment for old blood stains. If you let the stain soak in milk for a couple hours and launder as usual, you may be surprised. As with most stains, DO NOT throw your stained article of clothing in the dryer until the stain has completely vanished.

With the help of these few tips and tricks, your summer clothes will look good as new in no time! To help with the rest of your laundry needs, sign up with Fresh Clothes, so you don’t have to worry about doing laundry this summer!