When it comes to stain removal, ‘act fast’ is often the first thought that comes to mind. But this isn’t always possible, resulting in stains that have been left to set in overtime which now seem impossible to move. It might be that you’ve rediscovered a favourite top from times gone by and have no idea how that mysterious splodge got down the front of it. Or perhaps you’ve spilled red wine down a favourite dress on a night out and weren’t able to act fast on the stain.

Whatever your reasons for dealing with an old stain – there’s every chance you’ll still be able to rectify the garment with Vanish. Our super-boosted Oxi Advance formula in our pink range is designed to lift even set-in stains first time. Not only that, it’ll also brighten colours and remove odours too! With Vanish, the deep hygiene action* gives your clothes a thorough clean in-wash, so they come out fresh every time. Simply treat items in three simple steps using Vanish: pre-treat, soak or wash.

Read on for more information on how to get the best results when treating old stains with Vanish.

*removes stains for hygiene boost.

Can Vanish remove old stains?

Yes! Vanish is capable of removing old stains as well as new stains. Our Oxi Advance formula also removes odours and brightens clothes at the same time. How you go about removing the stain will depend on what it is and how long it’s been dried in for – but as a rule, you should always pre-treat the stain, and then soak the garment if it is an old stain that’s been lingering. Browse our website for solutions to tackling a range of different stains on a variety of materials, including detailed instructions on how to get rid of them.

Can Vanish remove old stains?

How to remove stains from clothes after drying

One of the biggest stain-removal dilemmas comes from dealing with stains on clothes that have been washed and put through the tumble dryer. That’s because the heat of drying the clothes in this way can lead to the stain being set in, becoming more stubborn to remove than ever.

To treat these, use Vanish Power O2 Multi-action pink powder or Vanish Power O2 Multi-action pink liquid following these simple steps:

How to remove stains from clothes after drying


Power O2 Powder

Power O2 Powder
Removes stains, keeps colours bright and eliminates odours in a cold wash (30°C).


  1. Add one scoop (60g) to 4L of water.
  2. Soak whites for 6 hours max.
  3. Soak colours for 1 hour max.
  4. After soaking, wash as usual or rinse thoroughly. For best results on stains, rub before rinsing.

How to remove stains after washing clothes

Most of the time we’ll decide to try washing stained clothes in the washing machine with our normal detergent in the hope that this will do the trick. But this is often not enough – especially with tougher to treat or particularly old stains. But don’t worry – Vanish can get to work on these in no time, just follow the same steps as in the above section.

How to remove stains after washing clothes


If you’re dealing with old stains on white clothes, be sure to use Vanish Power O2 Multi-action white powderto help bring them back to their original brilliant white!

General advice

  • Please refer to the packaging for specific product usage and advice.
  • KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS. Store the product only in the original container and always fasten the lid.
  • Do not expose product to direct sunlight.
  • Before use check for colour fastness by testing a hidden area of the fabric, rug or carpet.
  • For best results it may be necessary to repeat parts of the process.