How to Remove Stains From Your Clothes
Most of us have trouble removing stains from our clothes. However, if you take action immediately, they can be easy to remove, as the longer you let the stain be, the tougher it will be to remove.
When trying to get it off, blot gently. Do not rub the stain, as doing so will only make matters worse—especially if you do so with hot water. Once that you know how to handle and remove stains from fabric, doing the laundry should no longer be a tedious chore. You can still look good without having to buy new clothes!
Don't Use Hot Water to Remove Stains
Remember to treat the offending stain first before you put your clothes in the washing machine. Stains set with hot water are difficult, if not impossible, to remove. If stain remains after washing, you'll have to wash it again. If it doesn't come off in the wash, the heat from the dryer can set the stains, making them a permanent part of your clothes' designs!
Use Milk to Get the Ink Out of Your Clothes
If you get a stain from the ink of a fountain pen, soak the affected part of your clothes in milk, and then wash the clothes as usual.
For ballpoint pen and felt-tip market stains, dissolve stain in methylated spirit. Use a clean cotton bud to avoid transferring the ink mark. Follow up with a normal wash.
If you get a stain from a marking pen or Indian ink, try using WD-40. Spray WD-40 onto the stain. Then wrap it with plastic food wrap and set aside for five minutes. Add a few drops of liquid detergent to a bowl of warm water and use this mixture to "sponge" the stain.
Saliva Can Help Remove a Small Blood Stain
It's easy to remove a small spot of blood from your clothes if you do it immediately. Make a tiny ball out of cotton thread, chew it, and then use it to sponge the spot of blood. The saliva in the cotton thread will dissolve the blood.
If the stain is bigger, soak the spot in the cold, salty water. Keep rinsing with more salty water until the water runs clear. Then, wash as usual.
For old and stubborn blood stains, soak the clothes overnight in a solution of biological washing powder and then wash as usual. Do not use hot water.
Use a Detergent Soak to Get Rid of Tea Stains
You can remove light tea stains by soaking the clothes in detergent. If the stain is stubborn, sponge it with a solution of one pint of warm water mixed with one tablespoon of borax, or, alternatively, two tablespoons of household ammonia. You can follow similar steps if you have a fresh coffee or hot cocoa stain.
Act Quickly to Remove Curry Stains
Curry, especially curry oil, must be removed immediately. Sprinkle talcum powder over the stain to soak up some of the oil. Shake off the powder and then soak it in a solution of water and borax.
Get the Jam Off of Your Kids' Clothes
If your kids love to rub jam all over their clothes, don't worry! Just soak the clothes in a warm borax solution and then wash as usual.
Remove Fruit, Tomato Sauce, and Spaghetti Sauce Stains
Take immediate action to remove stains from fruit such as beetroot, tomato, and spaghetti sauce stains. For strong materials like washable linen and cotton, put the affected material in a basin and pour boiling water directly onto the stain.
For delicate fabrics, wash the item of clothing in cold water first. Then, rub glycerin into the stain and leave for an hour or so to lift the stain off of the affected area. Wash out with detergent and warm water
Treat non-washable materials carefully in order not to spread the stain. Soak in glycerin for several hours and then sponge with liquid detergent and water.
Use Glycerin or Methylated Spirit to Remove Grass Stains
If you get grass stains from working in the garden, or if your kids get them from playing in the field, you know how tough it is to remove them. Next time you have this problem, try one of the following methods.
For cotton, sponge the stain with neat methylated spirit. For nylon and rayon, use a solution of half-half water and methylated spirit. Wash normally.
You can also rub glycerin onto the stain. Set it aside for an hour, and then wash as usual.
A Little Vaseline Can Get Lipstick Out
Got lipstick on your clothes? Don't worry! Just use a knife to scrape off as much of the lipstick, then rub in Vaseline or glycerin to loosen the stain. Afterward, wash normally.
You Can Even Remove Deodorant Stains From Your Clothes
If you have a sweat or deodorant stain on your clothes, don't wait too long before removing it, as these stains can damage the fabric.
There are three ways to treat perspiration and deodorant stains.
- Soak the affected part of your clothes in a solution of one part ammonia to three parts water.
- Sponge the stain with white vinegar.
- Soak the clothes in a detergent solution. Allow it to stand for about 10 minutes.
After taking any one of these steps, wash according to the instructions on the label.
Vinegar and Water Work Wonders Against Urine
Wash the clothes in warm water. Sponge any remaining stains with a solution of vinegar and water (1 tablespoon of vinegar to every pint of water).
Use Nail Polish Remover to Get the Nail Polish Out
If you get nail polish stain, nail polish remover works safely and quite effectively on all fabrics except rayon and tricel. Try it out!
Get the Paint Off of Your Clothes Before It Dries
Paint can be hard to get out of your clothes, but it can be done if you work quickly.
Water-Based Paint Stains
Rinse your clothes in warm water while the paint is still wet. Then, wash as usual.
Oil-Based Paint Stains
Treat the paint with the same thinner that's recommended on the paint can's label. If the recommended thinner is not available, use turpentine. Rinse and pretreat the fabric with laundry detergent. Rinse again, then wash as usual.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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