I love home making, I think they had me in mind when they coined the term Suzy home-maker. This is the reason the Stain Removal Tips topic has been on my mind lately. Today I share with you 20 Stain Removal Tips that will Blow your Mind.
We all hate stains, they make us look careless and devalue our garments and household items. Unfortunately, we are not perfect. We cannot wish away stains. I have done some research and I am happy to share with you stain removal tips for different stains including: milk stains, wine stains, tea stains, grass stains and ink stains just to mention a few. So before you throw out that expensive dress or beautiful blouse, consider the tips below.
Here are the 20 Stain Removal Tips that will Blow your Mind:
- Milk stain
A common stain in a home full of milk loving kids; the trick is to wash out the stain as soon as it happens to avoid it from setting. In addition, do not use warm or hot water so you don’t cook the proteins in the milk which will set the stain. Here are the steps for removing a milk stain:
- Run the fabric, inside out, under cold water to flush out as much of the milk as possible
- Soak in a solution of cold water for 30 minutes. Note: If the stain is older, you may need to soak even longer, perhaps overnight.
- Wash normally; make sure the stain is gone before you dry it as drying the garment or rug before the stain is removed could set the stain in the garment or rug.
- Stains on white clothes yellowed by time
White clothes that gradually yellow are unsightly and could dent your image if you are caught wearing them in public. The following are the steps for bringing back the white on yellowed clothes:
- Dissolve 4 tablespoons of salt in a liter of hot water. Rub the problem area until the stain disappears
- Alternatively, prepare a paste of 4 tablespoons of baking soda and ¼ cup of water and apply to the stained areas, leave for a few minutes and then scrape off the paste and wash normally.
- For stained areas difficult to remove, leave the paste on the affected area for 2 hours, add a little vinegar and then wash normally
- Fruit stains
If possible, remove the garment and clean the stained area immediately by:
- Scraping any remaining chunks of fruit from the garment with a knife or nail file
- Run very cold water over the stain, allowing the water to pass fully through the fabric. Continue running cold water through the fabric while rubbing the fabric gently with a sponge to loosen the stain
- Wash the garment normally avoiding the use of hot water as it will harden the stain.
- If your garment is white, consider using a small amount of bleach in the wash-lemon juice or white vinegar are good natural alternatives
- If the stain persists, soak the garment in a bucket of water and detergent overnight
- Wash the garment normally
- Avoid drying the garment before the stain is removed as it could set the stain for good
- Ink stains
The stain is tricky to remove but not impossible; soak the stained area in an alcohol based product like methylated spirit. Dab at the stain with an absorbent cloth until it fades then wash normally.
- Grass stain
The stain is common on kids’ clothes as they love to spend their time playing on grass. Alcohol is a solvent which helps to lift off the green pigmentation left by grass. To remove a grass stain;
- Apply a small amount of alcohol on a sponge and dab it across the stain (remember to first read the care label on the garment and test on a small area first)
- Don’t wipe or scrub as you will spread the stain across more of your clothing making it more difficult to remove
- Rinse in cold water and gently rub a paste of water and detergent on the stain. Leave it to sit for 5 minutes and wash normally
- Chocolate stain
Chocolate is heavenly but it can spell hell on a precious garment or rug. Here is how to remove a chocolate stain:
- Remove any excess chocolate by putting the garment in the freezer and then scraping off the hardened chocolate. Note: Seal the garment in a freezer bag to keep germs at bay.
- Run hot water down the chocolate stain to melt it and push it through to the front
- Rub washing detergent into the stain and then soak the garment in milk for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Wash normally
- Tomato stain
Soak the stain for 30 minutes in white vinegar (1-2 table spoons of vinegar). Rinse and then rub detergent directly into the stain before washing normally. Repeat the process if the stain does not come off the first time.
- Lipstick stains on glassware
Before washing your glassware, rub the edges with salt to erase lipstick stains.
- Tea and coffee stains on utensils
Easily rub away unattractive rings by sprinkling salt onto a sponge and rubbing in little circles across the ring. If the stain persists, mix white vinegar with salt in equal proportions and rub with the sponge.
- Molten fabric stains on an iron’s sole plate
Turn your iron on high; sprinkle table salt onto a section of newspaper on your ironing board. Run the iron over the salt a few times to remove the dirt.
- Perspiration stains
These stains are especially embarrassing on bright colored clothes. To remove the yellow perspiration stains, dissolve 4 tablespoons of salt in 1 liter of hot water. Just sponge the garment with the solution until the stain disappears.
- Yellow stains on enamel tubs
Yellow stains on enamel tubs and sinks can be lessened by mixing up a solution of salt and turpentine in equal parts. Using rubber gloves rub away the discoloration and then rinse thoroughly. Ventilate the bathroom while performing this chore.
- Blood stains
Fresh blood stains are the easiest to remove; just soak the stained area in a solution of salt and cold water and rub thoroughly. Note: Do not use hot water as it will harden the stain.
If the stain is on a carpet, a mattress or heavy furniture that cannot be soaked, use a sponge dipped in the salt solution to remove the stain.
Dry blood stains
For dry blood stains, apply toothpaste on the blood stained area and let the toothpaste dry. Rinse the toothpaste away with cold water. Wash the stained area with soap and rinse thoroughly with cold water.
Use meat tenderizers on strong fabrics like jeans to remove blood stains. Do not use this tip on delicate fabrics.
- Fill a small bowl with 1 cup of cold water and drape the bloody region of the fabric in shallow water
- Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the meat tenderizer directly on the wet stain
- Leave for as long as 1 day massaging the paste into the stain every few hours
- Wash the garment normally
Note: For delicate fabrics such as satin and silk, do not use chemicals such as the meat tenderizer or hydrogen peroxide to remove the stain as it will damage the fabric. Instead, soak the stained area in cold salty water for a few minutes and then wash normally.
- Berry stain
Wash the berry stain with water and detergent and then leave the garment out in direct sunlight for some time to benefit from the bleaching effects of the sun’s rays. If it is a stubborn stain, rub lemon juice over the top or lay a slice of lemon on the stain. Rinse, dry, and repeat the process if necessary.
- Color stains from bleeding clothes
If you accidently end up with color bleed on your clothes, all is not lost. Remove the bleeding item and rewash the affected item normally. If rewashing does not remove the dye, soak the affected item in cold water with a cup of distilled white vinegar added (first test this on small area of the garment before proceeding), then wash normally.
- Deodorant stains
If the deodorant stain has been there for a while you should apply distilled white vinegar to the stained area, allowing it to sit for approximately half an hour. However, if it is a fresh stain, apply ammonia to the stained area and let it sit for approximately half an hour. Note: Be sure to test the ammonia in an inconspicuous area to make sure it will not damage the fabric. Rinse and apply laundry pre-wash stain remover then launder in the hottest water the fabric can handle to get the stain out. Finally, ensure the stain is gone before drying the garment as drying the garment before the stain is removed will harden the stain.
- Red wine stain on a carpet
Pour white wine on a fresh red wine stain to dilute the color, and then clean the spotted area with a sponge and cold water. Sprinkle the area with salt and wait about 10 minutes then vacuum the stained area.
- Grease stains on a carpet
Mix one part of salt to 4 parts rubbing alcohol and rub it hard on the grease stain being careful to rub in the direction of the carpet’s natural grain.
- Watermark stains on wood
Are watermarks ruining the appeal of your furniture? Do not worry; make them past tense by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Gently rub the paste onto the ring with a sponge or soft cloth on the spot until it is gone. Then polish the wood to give it back its sheen.
- Stains on enamel pans
Don’t work yourself to a drench trying to remove stains from enamel pans. Skip the sweat. Instead, soak the pans overnight in salty water. Then boil salt water in the pans the next day. The stains should disappear.
DISCLAIMER: Some stains will not come out however hard you try; the secret is to attack as soon as the stain happens. Happy cleaning!
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