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Spaghetti sauce, ink and chewing gum are just a few of the things that can leave their mark on clothing. This NebGuide has suggestions for removing stains from washable fabrics.

Home stain removal done quickly and cautiously can decrease family clothing care costs. Clothing expenditures are reduced by minimizing the replacement of damaged clothing. The following instructions and techniques use normal home laundry products and readily available stain-removal agents. These procedures apply only to washable items and not to garments labeled dry clean only. Always check the care label for recommended laundering procedures and follow the instructions.