Don Henley has had more dirty laundry than anyone and treating stains can be difficult.

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As a bubble headed bleach blonde, there have been plenty of times I have dropped chocolate on my shirt, spilled tomato sauce or accidentally got pen ink on my sleeve. Each of these stains need to be treated differently. Thankfully, the Cleaning Institute's Cleaning Chart is here to help.

Here are some of the most common stains and how to remove them:

Baby Formula

  • Pre-treat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
  • Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains.
  • Launder

Coffee (or other beverages)

  • Sponge or soak stain in cool water.
  • Pre-treat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, liquid detergent bosster or paste of powder laundry detergent and water.
  • Launder using sodium hypochlorite belach, if safe for fabric or oxygen bleach.


  • For Fresh Stains: soak in cold water, then launder
  • For Dried Stains: soak in warm water with a product containing enzymes, launder

Candle Wax/Crayons

  • Scrape off surface wax/crayon with a dull knife
  • Place stain between clean paper towels and press with warm iron. Replace paper towels frequently to absorb more wax and to avoid transferring stains
  • Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Sponge remaining stain with prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid, blot with paper towels. Let dry. Launder.


  • Pre-treat with prewash stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. You can also rub it with bar soap. Launder.


  • Pre-treat or soak in a product containing enzymes, launder.

Grease or Oil

  • Place stain facedown on clean paper towels, apply cleaning fluid such as a stain remover or liquid laundry detergent to the back of the stain.
  • Replace paper towels under stain frequently.
  • Let dry, rinse. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.


  • Sponge area around the stain with the alcohol or cleaning fluid before applying it directly on the stain.
  • Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply alcohol or cleaning fluid to back of stain. Replace paper towels frequently.
  • Rinse thoroughly, launder.

Nail Polish

  • Try nail polish remover but do not use on acetate or triacetate fabrics.
  • Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply nail polish remover to back of stain. Replace paper towels frequently.
  • Repeat until stain disappears (if it does)
  • Rinse and launder.
  • Sponge the stain with cool water or soak it in cool water for about 30 minutes. Pre-treat with a prewash stain remover. Launder.

See Don Henley, you can clean all of your dirty laundry.

Do you think he knows about all of these helpful tips? If not, why not win and show this to him?