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: Apply Stain Solution directly to the affected area.

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, put the affected area under the faucet and let the pressure of the cool to warm water help work the stain.

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

Soak up to 30 minutes: Soak the item in a basin filled with cool to warm water. To remove odors, add ¼ cup of Scented Vinegar. to the basin. Never soak silk for longer than 30 minutes.

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.

Do not iron stained items.