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Do you have a spot on your favorite jacket but you don't have the time or inclination to put it in the washing machine? Spot-clean the area by dabbing some gentle detergent on a washcloth and wetting the spot with some sudsy water, then blot it again with water to remove the suds, and let it dry. If it's a food stain, try spot-cleaning with a bit of dishwashing liquid on a damp rag or sponge. Most sports apparel is fairly easy to clean and wet spots dry quickly. But underarm sweat stains are an exception. Sweat stains are notoriously tough to clean, especially on light-colored bras and sports shirts, but if you notice them early and pre-treat them with a stain removal product before washing, you have a better chance of keeping them at bay.