Ways to Hide Stains on Clothes

8 Ways to Save Your Outfit from a Stain

Do you have a stain on your favorite outfit that won't wash out? Whether you have a bleach stain, ink stain, oil, or other splotches, here are eight clever ways to hide it.

Color It In

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If the stain is light enough, you may be able to camouflage it by coloring over it. Use a fabric marker to color in an offending bleach spot. If the stain is darker, you might draw a doodle over it. This won't work with every outfit, but it could be an answer for some. Now you have a work of art, not a stained blouse!

Spray It Away

Pick up a bottle of fabric spray paint and a stencil, and create a fun, new design over the stained area. Let your inner artist out to play. You may enjoy it so much that you'll start looking at your unstained shirts as blank canvases.

Bleach It

Looking for an easy fix for a bleach spot? Try more bleach. You can use a bleach pen or a small brush dipped in bleach to create an original design on any dark-colored fabric. This is a fun way to turn an accident into an actual design. Fight bleach with bleach.

Add an Iron On

If you're not confident in your artistic skills, this hack lets you make use of the talents of others. Search the web for interesting clip art. Then, print your pick out on a piece of iron on transfer paper, and apply it directly over the stained area. It's the perfect cover up for any size spot, and you don't have to rely on your own talents with a brush.

Remove the Stained Part

If you have decided the stain just can't be camouflaged, you  may have to perform surgery. Cut off that offending stain, and rework your clothing into something new and fabulous:

Patch It

Stitch on a colorful patch and no one will ever know there's a stain lurking beneath it. This hack is good for casual clothes, but you might even experiment with making it into something fashionable. If one patch over the stain looks too random, add several patches so they look like a "look."

Tie-Dye It

Use the stain as an excuse to rock a '60s look. Grab a couple packages of dye and some rubber bands, and tie-dye that stain away. You will look groovy in your new duds. Beyond a swinging sixties look, you can go for a more subtle ombre shading.

Cover It with a Button or Brooch

This fix requires no sewing, coloring, ironing, or painting. As a bonus, you can do it on the go and it's a temporary rather than permanent fix. Slap a button or a brooch over that spot, and you'll have a fix that you can update whenever the mood strikes you.