Removing stains – washing machine

Find out here how you can remove a wide variety of stains. Our guide to stain removal shows you proven methods for a wide range of stains. From body fluids to food and DIY stains: Discover effective tips for getting your wardrobe back into top shape.

Types of stains:

Body fluids

Body fluids

01. Blood


Soak in cold salt water as soon as possible. For heavily soiled clothing, keep changing the water until it is clean. Then wash with a detergent containing bleach. Dab non-washable clothes with a cloth soaked in alcohol, then soak up any remaining moisture with a piece of blotting paper.

02. Vomit

Scrape all residue from the surface and rinse well under cold running water. Soak the clothing / laundry in a solution of a detergent containing bleach and then wash as normal.

03. Urine

Rinse in cold water and then wash immediately. Soak dried in stains in a detergent solution and then wash as normal. Add a detergent containing bleach for soft fabrics with stubborn stains or soak them in a detergent containing bleach before washing as normal.



01. Sweet stains
Chocolate, Chewing gum and Jam

Scrape the chocolate off the surface, then rub the stain with a sponge soaked in warm, soapy water. Rinse with cold water and wash as normal.

Chewing gum:
Harden the chewing gum by placing the item in a plastic bag in the freezer for an hour. You can then simply break off the chewing gum. Use a fat solvent such as a detergent containing bleach to remove the last traces then wash with your usual detergent.

Fresh stains can often be removed just by washing normally. Old stains should first be soaked in detergent containing bleach and then washed with it.

02. Culinary Stains
Milk, Fruit, Gravy, Tomatosauce, Beetroot

Milk stains can be easily removed. For this, you need a detergent containing bleach in which you briefly soak the soiled clothing item. Afterward, you can toss it into the washing machine.

Rinse immediately with cold water and then wash with a detergent containing bleach. If the stain has dried in, it can be loosened by soaking in a detergent containing bleach before washing the item of clothing as normal.

The same applies to gravy stains. Treat the stain, best with a detergent containing bleach beforehand, and then wash the laundry item in the washing machine.

Tomato sauce:
Soak the item of clothing in a detergent containing bleach, then wash using a normal detergent.

This stain should react to the bleach in all normal detergents (with the exception of colour and gentle detergents).

03. Stain-free after cooking.
Oil, Grease und Curry

Oil and Grease:

For those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen preparing delicious meals, oil and grease stains are all too familiar. A regular washing cycle often fails to completely remove them. It’s advisable to treat the stains beforehand with a stain remover. If you don’t have one at home, soak the garment in cool water to which you’ve added detergent. Subsequently, wash it with the highest temperature it can withstand according to the label. Unable to wash the clothing item? Grab potato or cornstarch or talcum powder. Sprinkle it over the stain and wait for it to absorb the oil or grease. Then, gently brush it off. Repeat the process until the stain is completely gone.


If you enjoy seasoning your dishes with curry, exercise caution, as the mixture leaves stubborn stains. It contains turmeric, known for its intense yellow-orange color and used as a natural dye. If any has landed on your clothing, act quickly! Soak the garment immediately in bleach-containing laundry detergent. Rinse it thoroughly and wash it as usual with your regular laundry detergent.

Curry generally contains turmeric, a fabric dye. If you’ve decided to buy a washing machine, you should wash the stain as quickly as possible with a regular laundry detergent.

04. Beverage Stains
Koffee, Tea, Beer und Wine

Koffee and Tea:
If the drink contained milk, first rinse out with cold water. Then wash as quickly as possible with a detergent containing bleach. Only for white fabrics and if the stain is extremely stubborn, use a detergent containing bleach or try to dab the stain away using 20 % hydrogen peroxide (1 part to 5 parts water), then rinse and wash as normal.

Mix wine vinegar and warm water and rub over the stain with a sponge, then rinse and wash with a detergent containing bleach.


Soak up excess liquid with a cloth and then cover the stain with salt. Leave the salt to soak up the wine (around 30 minutes). Then rub the stain with a sponge soaked in a solution of warm water and a detergent containing bleach, finally rinse with cold waterand wash as normal.


Other stains

01. Removing small make-up accidents
Makeup and Nailpolish

When mornings demand haste, mishaps with cosmetic products staining your clothes are all too common. Makeup, in particular, can leave unsightly marks that require pre-treatment with a stain remover. Let your laundry machine take care of the rest. If mascara has found its way onto your clothing, follow the same procedure.

Work from the back of the fabric on the reverse of the stain, using a little oil-free nail varnish remover. However, check the fabric first: nail varnish remover should not be used on acetate or triacetate fabrics. Then wash as normal.

02. Stain tips for DIY enthusiasts
Glue, Ball-point pen, Felt-tip pen, Emulsion paint, Tar und Rust

Use nail varnish remover or acetone, but check first what the fabric is – do not use nail varnish remover on acetate and triacetate fabrics.

Ball-point/Felt-tip pen:
Dab with a little methylated spirits or nail varnish remover on a sponge, then wash as normal.

Emulsion paint:
At home, while giving a fresh coat of paint, accidents happen: emulsion paint ends up on clothing. It’s crucial to act swiftly by rinsing the stain promptly with cold water. Once the paint has dried, removal becomes impossible.

Caution, only use this method on strong fabrics: scrape surplus tar from the fabric using a blunt object, pre-treat with a detergent containing bleach – then wash as normal. If this is unsuccessful, a special stain remover should be used.

Rust stains can be treated with lemon juice and salt. Rub the stain with this mixture and let it sit for an hour. Wash the garment in the washing machine afterward.

03. Further stain removal tips
Wax, Shoe polish and Mold

Candle Wax:
 If candle wax drips onto your clothing, allow it to cool first. Use a blunt object to gently remove it. Then, use blotting paper or a kitchen towel. Place it on the stain and iron over it with the lowest possible temperature. Use a stain remover to eliminate any remaining traces.

Shoe Polish:
Treat shoe polish stains with a stain remover as well. Wash the clothing item in the washing machine as soon as possible.

Mold is a stubborn adversary. Wash these stains at the highest possible temperatures with the addition of a bleach-containing detergent. For light or colorfast laundry items that cannot be treated with bleach, a 20% hydrogen peroxide solution can be used as a solution.