“It was Dad with the spaghetti in the kitchen!” Sometimes figuring out the source of set-in stains isn’t as easy as a game of Clue. Use our pointers, and you’ll be removing those mystery stains in no time.

Apply product: Apply our Stain Solution directly to the affected area.

Work the stain: Work the solution into the fabric using your finger or our Stain Brush. If any oil or residue is still left behind, don’t give up! Create a lather using the Wash & Stain Bar and apply directly to the affected area.

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.

Soak up to 30 minutes: Soak the item in a basin filled with cool to warm water (use cold water for bloodstains). Never soak silk for longer than 30 minutes.

For extra stain fighting when treating synthetics only, add 1 capful of our All-Purpose Bleach Alternative to the basin of warm water. Do not use on silk.

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 cool to warm 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.

Do not iron stained items.