You may be one of the beautiful people that never get salt stains on your clothes, but no such luck for me.

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Came into the Breeze today, and it looked like I had rolled around on the sidewalk, my boots and coat were covered in salt stains.

So, here is a recipe for ridding those nasty stains, from The

What You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Cotton ball
  • Shoe conditioner (Optional)
  • Suede and nubuck cleaner (Optional)
  • Clean white cloth
  • Soft-bristled brush for suede (Optional)
  1. Wipe With Vinegar

    Mix one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar with one cup of cool water. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture and wipe it over the salt stains on the shoes. Be careful not to over-wet the boots if they are sheepskin (such as UGGs), as this can lead to shrinkage and permanent staining.

  2. Let the Shoes Dry

    Allow the shoes to air-dry away from direct heat; this is particularly important for sheepskin boots. Real leather and sheepskin shoes and boots may need to dry overnight or for up to 24 hours.

  3. Buff the Leather

Buff the entire shoe or boot upper with a clean, dry cloth. If desired, you can treat the shoes or boots with a shoe conditioning product to make them more waterproof. Be sure to test any product on a small interior area to see how it affects the color of the leather.

 If the stain is still visible after the initial treatment, repeat the same process. For persistent stains on suede shoes, try a suede and nubuck cleaner, and finish by brushing the suede finish with a soft-bristled brush designed specifically for suede.

How to Remove Salt Stains From Washable Clothes

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What You'll Need

  • Laundry detergent
  • Distilled white vinegar (Optional)
  • Washing machine
  • Soft-bristled brush
  1. Rinse or Soak the Area

    Rinse the salt-stained area in cold water as soon as possible. If the salt stains have dried and stains have set in, brush off the salt as much as possible, then soak the garment overnight in cool water.

  2. Wash as Usual

    Launder the garment as usual, following the care label instructions and using your regular detergent and cool water.

Give Salt the Brush-Off

Use a soft-bristled brush (an old toothbrush) to remove dried salt stains from clothing. This whisks away the salt without forcing it into the material.

If traces of salt remain on the clothes, try a solution of one tablespoon white vinegar and one quart of water. Dampen a clean cloth with the solution, then blot the stain with the dampened cloth, followed by a dry cloth. Wash the garment again, as usual.

Now we can all look fabulous!


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