How do I Get Rid of Iron Stains Out of Clothes?

Remove iron stains from laundry with white vinegar.

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Looking down at the orange or brown marks on your clothes may make you think fall has come early. Unfortunately, those aren't leaves attached to your new shirt. Iron and rust stains appear as colorful swipes that clash with most clothes. Remove those offending stains by going green and using solar energy to annihilate the intruders. Iron Man has nothing on you as you rip the stains from your wardrobe.


Pour 2 tbsp. of white vinegar directly on the iron stains.


Shake salt over the vinegar, completely covering the stains. For small stains, 1 tsp. should do; for bigger stains, use 1 tbsp.


Grab the clothing on each side of the stain, and rub the salt into it.


Allow the vinegar- and salt-soaked garment to catch some rays in the sun. Lay the clothes on a table or across a clothesline; just make sure the sun is shining directly on the item. The sun's rays bleach clothing, removing most of the stain. Let the garment dry completely. On a cloudy day, set the garment on a table or the top of the washer, and allow it to dry.


Place the clothes in the washer, and launder them normally with 1 tbsp. liquid or powder laundry detergent. Look at the stain after washing. If it remains, soak the clothes overnight in a bucket with 1 cup white vinegar and 4 cups of water. Launder normally the next day.

Things You'll Need


1.2 tbsp. white vinegar

3.Liquid or powder laundry detergent

2.1 tsp. to 1 tbsp. salt



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