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How to remove set-in stains

Find out how to remove set in stains using simple ingredients you have at home and the best products for tackling even the stubbornest set in stain.


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Once you have a set in stain, even after washing, it’s never going away – or is it? With a few handy methods, it can be more straightforward than you might think.

Here are five top tips showing you how to remove set in stains.

  1. Getting out set in stains with lemon and salt

  2. Remove a set in stain with soap and water

  3. Mix vinegar and baking soda to remove set in stains

  4. R**emoving set in blood stains** with unseasoned meat tenderisers

  5. Use concentrated laundry detergent liquid to remove set in grease stains

The combination of lemon and salt can work wonders on stained clothes. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the stain, sprinkle on some salt and rub in gently. Rinse and then hang in the sun to dry – great for getting out dried sweat stains.

A tried and tested method, the combination of soap and water is still one of the best. Rub the stain with a bar of soap, brush the product in gently, and rinse in cold water. This is a particularly good first option when you want to remove set in stains from delicate materials.

Another simple way of getting rid of a set in stain is with a paste made from vinegar and baking soda. Apply the mixture with a toothbrush and give the stain a good, but gentle, scrub. This one’s particularly effective on grass marks.

If you’re trying to figure out how to remove set in blood stains, unseasoned meat tenderisers might just be the answer. Make a paste by combining it with water and leave on the stain for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.

If you’re trying to work out how to remove set in grease stains, something like OMO Ultra Concentrated Liquid can work wonders. It’s also a good choice for other protein-based stains – blood and wine stains, for example.

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There you have it! The next time you discover a stain too late for immediate treatment, don’t panic – use these simple methods to get your clothes fresh and clean again, even when you’ve got a really tough set in stain.

Specialist products like OMO Concentrated Liquid can help when you’re wondering how to remove set in stains – just remember to always read the instructions before use and test on a small area first

  • Identify what the stain is

  • Read labels on clothes and fabrics for handling and washing instructions

  • Select an appropriate method for the set in stain

  • Test the cleaning method on a small area before attempting to remove set in stains

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