Hardest To Remove Stains on Clothes

Stains have the habit of striking without warning and ruining your clothes and eventually your day, and even more so if they target your favourite clothing. Some stains are tougher than the others, but why?

Stains can be categorized into four different groups: enzymatic, oil-based, oxidisable and particulate – with many stains falling in to more than one group (combination stains).

Enzymatic Stains – from organic substances like egg, grass, chocolate and baby food.

Greasy / Oil Stains – hand lotion, hair mousse, lard and butter2.

Oxidisable Stains – main ingredient in alcoholic drinks, coffee and tea (without milk) and soft drinks2.

Particulate Stains – mud and ground in dirt1.

Combination Stains – these stains can be a blend of two or more of the above mentioned stain types. Combination stains consist of a wide variety of stains ranging from lipstick to tomato ketchup.

Irrespective of the type of stain, washing detergent alone does not have the power to remove it completely – it will only help in making the toughest of stains fade. You may encounter the below mentioned stains in your daily or weekly wash, but they will need more exertion to get out, something laundry detergent won’t be able to handle alone. By combining Vanish with your detergent, you have more chances to remove the stain.

Egg (Enzymatic Stain)

Egg can be tough to get rid of, and it is best to try and get rid of this particular type stain as soon as possible, but this would not be always possible. To begin with, make sure you rinse the item in cold water first. Make Vanish a part your wash to eradicate egg stains quickly and effectively.

Mud (Particulate Stain)

Children get dirty easily – whether it’s after playing on a sunny day in the park or due to jumping in muddy puddles on a rainy day. The first stage in removing the stain, irrespective of how deeply it is ingrained, is to wait for it to dry and scrape off the excess. Once that is taken care, you are free to pre-treat and cleanse it using Vanish!

Check out our thorough guide on how to remove mud stains here.

Grass (Enzymatic Stain)

Grass stains are really troublesome because of its properties. The bright green chlorophyll and the other pigments have similar structure to most fabrics because of which they penetrate and bond with the fabric.

Check out our thorough guide on how to remove grass stains here.

Chocolate (Greasy/Oil Stain)



A sweet treat for all the family can also be a difficult thing to remove from clothes.

Once the family enjoys a sweet treat, it generally results in the birth of chocolates stains that are difficult to remove from clothes

It’s easy for a small portion of melted chocolate to reach into your jeans through your hands, like it is for a child to rub his sticky fingers on his/her clothes - and there is no way you can hide that rich colour of chocolate.

In stark contrast to most other stains, you can make your life easy by leaving the stain to dry, and follow it up by scraping the excess chocolate off.

Check out our detailed guide on how to remove chocolate stains here.

Oil (Greasy / Oil Stain)

As all oil stains doesn’t come in bright colours, sometimes they are not obvious at first. However, they leave behind materials that darken the area that they stain. Before confronting this type of stain it’s highly advisable for you to use a dry absorbent cloth and dab the oil to remove any excess traces.

Check out our detailed guide on how to remove oil stains here.

Detergent alone cannot remove some stains and as the stains become more challenging, one might require extra support. By including Vanish into your washing routine you are sure to remove certain stains first time, so don’t have to go through the monotony of repeat washes and at worst, throwing away your clothes.