Stains happen. If you don’t get stains on your clothing on a regular basis, it means you’re not living. If done properly, stains can be removed quickly and effectively. While you can buy several stain removing products from the grocery store, these products can be expensive. Additionally, when you really need the product, you don’t have time to go buy it. This post will give you tips on how use products from around the house in order to nip stains in the bud. By following these tips, you’ll not only save your clothing, you’ll save your money as well.
- Work on the stain from the wrong side of the fabric. This keeps you from pushing the spot into the fabric instead of out of it.
- Always blot. Never rub.
- Consider the type of fabric you are working with. Delicate fabric requires a gentle approach.
- Catch the stain while it’s fresh. It will make it easier to remove.
- Never apply heat or put a piece of clothing in the dryer until you are sure the spot is removed
Stain Removing Arsenal
- Ammonia. Fights those gross yellow stains under your armpits.
- Alcohol. Great for grass stains.
- Hydrogen peroxide. 3 percent hydrogen peroxide is great for removing blood stains. For stubborn stains, combine ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of ammonia. This is safe for whites and colorfast clothes.
- Denture cleaning tablets. Great for white table linens with food stains and white cottons with stains. Dissolve one tablet per ½ cup of water. Pour directly on the stain and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Shampoo. Work the shampoo into the ring around the collar for quick removal.
- Shaving cream. Just moisten the stain with some cool water and rub the shaving cream in. Flush with cool water. If it doesn’t get rid of the spot completely, you’ll at least have a head start on it.
- Club soda. Apply to any fabric that can be treated with water. Club soda will keep spots from becoming stains.
- Meat tenderizer. To remove protein based stains like milk, blood, and egg, apply cold water to spot and sprinkle on the unseasoned meat tenderizer. Let it soak about an hour and launder as usual.
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[tags]clothes, household tips, stains[/tags]