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5 Washing Machine Tips To Get Tough Stains Out

Posted on 9.9.22

The kids are back to school and we all know what that means when it comes to the laundry room days and stains that start appearing on your kid's clothes. You begin to notice chocolate from yesterday's lunch snack on a shirt or mud on the pants from playing football at recess. Either way, some of these stains can be tough to get out.

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The last thing we want at DeWaard & Bode is to have you stressing about the small things! We’ll go over our favorite washing machines and 5 washing machine tips to get the toughest stains out of your clothes.

Tip #1: Use Toothpaste

Stain Type: Grass

Before throwing the grass stained clothes right into the washing machine you should do some spot treatment so you can get the best possible outcome. You might notice grass stains after your kid's baseball game or from playing in the backyard. Either way, we can all agree grass stains are a headache.

What you want to do is add toothpaste to the stain. Be sure to use a paste and not a gel. Squeeze a small amount of the toothpaste on the stain. Next, dip a clean toothbrush in room temperature water and scrub the toothpaste into the stain. Finally, repeat this a few more times.

Once you completed your spot treatment you can throw your clothes into the washing machine. For grass stains, make sure to use cold water and wash the garment separately from other loads of laundry so you don't stain other clothes

Tip #2: Use Hydrogen Peroxide

Stain Type: Blood

Whether you cut yourself or scraped a knee blood stains can be tough and cumbersome to get out. Luckily, you don't have to spend hours trying to get these tough stains out of your clothes when you follow a few tips and tricks.

You'll need 3% hydrogen peroxide to soak your clothes in. Once your clothes are fully soaked you can use a nonserrated knife or butter knife to scrape the blood off. Next, rinse the blood off with more hydrogen peroxide. When it comes to blood stains do your best to treat these as soon as it happens so you can guarantee the best results.

Once again, when you are ready to toss your clothes in the washer make sure to use cold water. If you use hot water this will essentially cook the protein of the blood into the fabric.

Tip #3 Use Rubbing Alcohol

Stain Type: Ink

Sometimes a pen can explode or our children like to embrace their inner Picasso on their clothes and start to doodle. Either way, rubbing alcohol is a neat trick to getting ink stains out. The type of ink that is spilled can be different so this might not work for every ink stain. However, we found it most effective to take a paper towel and place it under the stained garment. Next, pour rubbing alcohol over the stain. Take a clean cloth and dab the area. Finally, rinse your garment and repeat the steps.

Before you throw it into the washing machine soak your garment in hot water and laundry detergent for 45-60 minutes. Once you're done soaking it, you can toss it in your washing machine with hot water.

Tip #4 Use a Dull Knife

Stain Type: Mud & Crayons

Getting mud all over your clothes is normal for any parent to see whether your kids are playing outdoors or helping in the garden. Mud spot stains are considered some of the easier stains to get rid of but it can be difficult if you have layers of mud on your clothes - you can't simply throw it in the wash. Well, you can, however, it's best to take a few steps before you do so.

While with other stains it's recommended to treat the stain as soon as possible its a bit different when it comes to mud stains. With mud, it's best if you just take a seat, relax, and wait it out. Essentially, you want to let the mud dry. If you try to wipe it off it will just smear and spread throughout your clothing forcing it deeper into the material.

Once its completely dry, take a dull knife or a butter knife to scrape off the mud as much as you can. Just be careful not to rip your clothing so try not to push too hard right away. Next, use a wet toothbrush and laundry detergent to spot and treat the stain and scrub the detergent into the stain. Turn your clothing inside out and scrub the inside of the garment as well.

Finally, toss your clothing into the washing machine. When it comes to any type of stain make sure to air dry it so it doesn't dry into the garment.

Tip #5: Use White Vinegar

Stain Type: Cranberry & Grape Juice

Delicious and refreshing as it might be, cranberry and grape are nasty stains and are never fun to deal with. However, if you run into these nasty stain situations don't worry there are a few steps you could try before giving up all hope!

First, mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and ⅔ cup of rubbing alcohol together. Next, take a sponge and soak it into the mixture. Lastly, dab the sponge soaked liquid into the stain. Repeat the steps until you get as much of the stain out.

Before tossing the garment in the washing machine you could also soak the stain in the mixture you previously created.

Our Favorite Heavy Duty Washing Machines

With the kids back to school we understand just how important convenience is and having a washing machine that can truly handle tough stains and large loads of laundry can make our laundry day so much easier. Below you will find a few of our favorite washing machines for families or anyone looking for a high-quality washing machine that is tough enough to get stains out.

1. GE Profile™ 5.3 cu. ft. Capacity Smart Front Load ENERGY STAR

This GE Profile front load washing machine is truly packed with many features that it is over qualified to get any job done. It’s energy efficient or energy start certified and an ADA-compliant front load washer which means you’ll save money on your utility bill. Enjoy the built-in WiFi to start your load of laundry whenever you want at the touch of a button.

Key Features:

• UltraFresh™ Vent System+

• Microban® Antimicrobial Technology

• Adaptive SmartDispense™

• Step Wash + Dry

• Adaptive MySettings

• Dynamic Balancing Technology

• Reversible Door

• Power Steam

• Sanitize + Allergen

• Dimensions: 39 3/4 H x 28 W x 34 D

2. LG Ultra Large Capacity Top Load Washer

This LG top load washer comes in at a more affordable price than the GE washer if you are on more of a budget. Luckily, this washer is packed with many features and is still a top favorite here at DeWaard & Bode. We love this washer due to the 4-way agitator that provides a unique wash action that moves left, right, up, and down for a complete and gentle wash. When you’re dealing with those tough stains you'll love the TurboDrum that creates a super sonic water flow for an enhanced yet gentle wash.

Key Features:

• 4.3 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity

• 4-Way™ Agitator

• TurboDrum

• Deep Fill Option

• Cold Wash Technology

• Smooth Surface

• 10 Year Warranty

• Dimensions: 27" x 44 1/2" x 28 3/8" (57 1/5" H with lid open)

3. Maytag Top Load Washer With Deep Water Wash

This Maytag top loading washing machine is another optimal option when it comes to a washer that helps get tough stains out. This washing machine is built for powerful cleaning with PowerWash cycle that can take out those persistent stains and crusted on messes. Simply, add more water with Deep Water Wash and rinse any stains away. At the same time, the Powerwash agitator targets tough stains with full-bodied cleaning and powerful wash action. The Deep Rinse helps remove any lingering laundry detergent to ensure a complete clean for all loads.

Key Features:

• PowerWash® Cycle

• PowerWash® Agitator

• Extra-Large 4.2 Cu. Ft. Capacity

• Deep Water Wash Option

Shop Local, Shop DeWaard & Bode

Stop by any of our 3 locations in Bellingham or Burlington, Washington to buy your next home appliance. We are a local washer and dryer store offering leading brands in the home appliance industry including Maytag, GE, LG, Samsung, Whirlpool, and more. Our product specialists are here to guide you every step of the way. Whether you are looking for a new washer or you are looking for an appliance repair store we can help out.

Stop by our convenient locations or browse online to get the best washing machine to take out tough stains. When you browse online or in-store you'll find portable washers, washer dryer combinations, top load washers, front load washers, stackable washer dryer combos, and more.

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GE Profile™ 5.3 cu. ft. Capacity Smart Front Load ENERGY STAR® Steam Washer with Adaptive SmartDispense™ UltraFresh Vent System Plus™ with OdorBlock™

GE Profile ™ 5.3 cu. ft. Capacity Smart Front Load ENERGY STAR® Steam Washer with Adaptive SmartDispense™ UltraFresh Vent System Plus™ with OdorBlock™


4.3 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Top Load Washer with 4-Way™ Agitator & TurboDrum™ Technology

LG Appliances 4.3 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Top Load Washer with 4-Way™ Agitator & TurboDrum™ Technology


Top Load Washer with the Deep Water Wash Option and PowerWash® Cycle - 4.2 cu. ft. - White

Maytag Top Load Washer with the Deep Water Wash Option and PowerWash® Cycle - 4.2 cu. ft. - White


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