Most color-rich stains are tannin stains, which are originally derived from plant substances. Tannin often appears in the form of dyes and colorants like self-tanner, pollen, medicine, mouthwash, hair dye, and grass. These types of stains happen often and are always unwelcome. No need to worry. We’ve got you covered with one set of steps that can remove almost any tannin stain, old or new.

Apply product(s):Apply Stain Solution directly to the affected area. Then sprinkle All-Purpose Bleach Alternative on the Stain Solution to create a powerful paste.

Work the stain:Work the solution into the fabric using your finger or the Stain Brush.

Pour water on the stain: For added cleaning power, pour boiling water from a kettle onto the affected area. (Pour from a safe height so the water won’t splash on you.) The force of the pouring water helps to do the work. You can also use hot water from a faucet set to its highest water pressure output.

Soak up to 30 minutes: Soak the item in a basin filled with hot water and 1 capful of All-Purpose Bleach Alternative.

Reapply or repeat as needed: If the stain is not completely gone, repeat this process until satisfied.

Remove odors: Stains and odor often go hand in hand. Soak the item in a basin of hot water mixed with ¼ cup of Scented Vinegar..

Launder the item:Wash according to our instructions.


Our recommended stain and odor removal methods are solely intended for use with The Laundress products. Our products are safe for colors, darks, and whites. We cannot guarantee the safety or success of products from other brands.

We don’t recommend using chlorine bleach on stains or odors, ever.

Remove all stains before putting items in the dryer.

Do not iron stained items.