How to Remove Cotton Underwear Stains

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Stain Removal

Nothing ruins a good evening like going back to your place with a hot date and taking off your pants, only to reveal disgusting underwear stains. You worked so hard to keep in shape and wear great underwear, now it’s all gone to waste thanks to that unsightly spot.

Here at The Underwear Expert, we understand that sometimes a guy’s got to get dirty. Luckily a stain is rarely a reason to throw away a pair of underwear. Get those briefs clean with our handy cleaning guide, which explains how to treat stains on cotton underwear.

*Note: Do not attempt our stain removal techniques on wool, rayon or silk. These fabrics are tough to clean, and you will likely need a professional dry cleaner.

Greasy Food Stains

Are you eating pizza in your underwear again? Get that grease out of your undies. First, apply grease cutting dish soap to the underwear stains. Work over the stains with a damp toothbrush, scrubbing at the spots. Let the underwear sit for about 10 minutes, then wash it normally.

Red Wine Stains

If the stain is fresh, take the underwear off and pour boiling water over it. The stain should disappear. Unfortunately, getting dried red wine stains out of underwear can be harder.

  • Mix together equal parts dish soap and hydrogen peroxide.
  • Pour the mixture onto the stain, then use your fingers to rub the solution into the fabric.
  • Let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse the underwear in warm water, then transfer it to hot water and let it soak for an hour.
  • Wash without soap in warm water.
  • Hang the underwear dry.

*Note: If you’re trying to get a red wine stain out of colored underwear, don’t use hydrogen peroxide. Instead, cover the stain with a mixture of white wine and baking soda, and let it sit for 2-3 hours. Then wash as usual.

Wax and Chewing Gum

This one’s easy. Stick your underwear in the freezer for an hour. Once the stain is frozen you can chip it off!


If the blood is still wet, you can simply wash the underwear. If it has already dried:

  • Make a solution of solution of 1 quart warm water, 1­/2 teaspoon dishwashing or liquid laundry detergent, and 1 tablespoon ammonia.
  • Soak the underwear in this mixture for 15 minutes.
  • Use a toothbrush to gently scrape away the stain.
  • Rinse well, then toss it in the wash.


Usually, semen can be easily removed from cotton with a normal wash. If you’re having trouble, try white wine vinegar, which is acidic, on the spots. If your underwear is white, you can try hydrogen peroxide.

Have some really tricky underwear stains? Contact The Underwear Expert on Twitter, and we’ll do our best to guide you through getting that pesky spot out.

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