Treating stained clothes is frustrating when, despite your best efforts, the item of clothing just won’t come clean.  Some stains are worse than others and need some special attention.  In other cases, your washing machine may not be working to its fullest potential and require a bit of maintenance.

If there is a messy eater in your family, or rambunctious children who can’t help but find every mud puddle in the state, try a few of our stain cleaning tips first.  If these don’t work, consider giving us a call at CS Appliance Service as your washing machine may be in need of a tune-up.

  1. Blood: If you have young children, chances are you’ve encountered a scrape or two that stains their clothes with blood.  Soak the item in cold water if the blood is fairly fresh.  Change the water as needed and soak until the blood is gone.  If the stain is older or has had a chance to set, you can rub a paste mixture of ½ tsp. of salt and ½ tsp. of water into the stain.  Another option for dried blood is to apply a dab of toothpaste, preferably white toothpaste, into the stain.  Let it sit for 30 minutes and then gently scrub the stain with a small brush.  Rinse and repeat until the stain has been removed, then throw the item into your washing machine.
  2. Grass: Vinegar comes to the rescue with most grass stains.  Organic stains are often toughest to get clean, but doable with a little elbow grease.  Soak the stain in a small bowl filled with white vinegar and cold water.  You may need to scrub at the stain a little and can always add a little baking soda to form a paste with the wet garment.  If vinegar doesn’t work, dabbing a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the stain works too; just don’t soak your clothing in rubbing alcohol for a long period of time as it will break down the material.  Obviously, bleach is best if the garment is white, but we know that isn’t always the case.
  3. Wine and coffee: These dark liquid stains are easy to tackle with a little boiling water.  For coffee or tea stains on clothes, lay the article of clothing over a bowl and slowly pour boiling water over the stain.  The same tactic works for red wine.  However, if the wine stain has had time to set, you can rub a salt and water paste into the stain first before adding the boiling hot water.
  4. Lipstick, crayons, and other wax stains: Grab your jar of peanut butter for any stain that contains wax.  Rub a small amount of peanut butter on the stain and then clean with a mild dish washing liquid soap.  Finally, once the stain is removed, throw it in your normal wash cycle.


Sometimes the best stain remedies are those that existed before the stain treating products came onto the market.  In many cases, you have household items in your cupboards that will treat just about every stain imaginable.  If these tricks and tips don’t do the job, once they finish the wash cycle, then it may be time to call our Washer Dryer Repair service team at 781-953-9600.  For more useful appliance tips, follow us on Facebook at