How to Get Stains Out of Hoodies

If you want to get stains out of your hoodies, then you are in the right place!

Unfortunately, when you wear hoodies, there are so many things that can stain them. Here are some tips to help get the stains out of your hoodies without damaging them in the process.

What You Will Need?

  • A hoodie.
  • Laundry detergent .
  • Salt  – optional .

What To Do?

1. Soak the hoodies for at least an hour in warm water and laundry detergent.  You may need to soak them overnight. Alternatively, you can add a cup of salt to make sure anything that is leftover comes out of your sweatshirt faster.  

2. Wash it like normal after soaking it in warm water and laundry detergent (and salt if you choose to use it ). Make sure that the item gets agitated while washing, or else areas with stains won’t get properly cleaned off! 

3. If there is something hard to remove, apply some more laundry detergent and wash the article of clothing again.

4. After washing, remove it from the machine.  Let it air dry before wearing.  If you put the hoodie in a drier, then you run the risk of heat causing damage to areas that still have stains!

5. Before wearing again, inspect your hoodie for any remaining stains or smells! If there are any spots that are still stained, try soaking those parts separately for a while longer. 

This is no guarantee that they will come out completely though, as some stains can be stubborn and may remain behind on your sweatshirt even after multiple cleanings!

Warnings: If you notice something burning or smelling funny while doing this method, stop and check it!  

It is very likely that you will ruin your hoodie and/or the washing machine if you let the stains set!   –

Once it is clean, be sure to air dry before wearing it again.

Putting a wet sweatshirt in the drier can result in damage over time due to heat.

How Often Can You Wash It?

Hoodies used for sports or physical activity should only be washed when they get soiled with sweat and dirt. If you wear them regularly, then you may need to wash them once per week at most.

Do not wash more than once per week by this method, as it can actually shorten the lifespan of your clothing items!

However, if possible, try cleaning it less often by using the  Hand Washing Method as outlined below.

Hand Washing Your Hoodie

Don’t Throw It Out! Don’t throw it out just yet, there may be hope for your staining hoodies yet!  

There are several ways to remove stains from clothing without damaging the item.  This method saves money, and helps ensure that they will last longer than if you had just thrown them away after one bad wear!  

They also work on pretty much any type of clothing , so feel free to try these tricks on most articles of clothing before giving up (don’t do this with valuable or sentimental items, however!).

What You Will Need?

  • White Vinegar.
  • Baking Soda.
  • Salt.
  • Water.
  • Dish Soap and a sponge.
  • Wash Clothes/Sponges.
  • A Towel To Dry With  – optional.

What To Do?

1. Remove the article of clothing that you want to clean from the machine after it has finished washing or handwashing.  

2. Mix together some warm water, dish soap, and baking soda in the washer if possible! 3. Add your clothes back into the machine!

4. Set on a multiple cycle wash with no detergent added (or only use an extremely small amount). If you do not have this option, make sure to agitate as much as possible during the cycle.

5. After the cycle is through, let it sit overnight if possible. This allows time for the baking soda and vinegar to help remove stains on their own!

6. If there are any remaining stains after this process, then repeat the process again until all of them are gone (and you can get your sweatshirt looking like new!)!

7. Dry as usual.

Warning: Do not use regular laundry detergent during these processes!  


These methods should remove almost all types of stains off your hoodie.  Harder to remove stains may require more than one cycle, however!  

If you don’t want this technique to damage the appearance or lifespan of your sweatshirt, make sure to use it sparingly.  

Also, be extra careful with items that are delicate or valuable. Baking soda can be abrasive to clothing over time if used too often!

 Again, feel free to try this out on most any clothing article before using it on anything valuable, just to see if there will be any visible side effects.

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