Welcome to March Madness! The new year is well and truly underway. It may be a little premature. However, wishing you a happy St Patrick’s day celebration! Let’s hope you don’t find any green stains after your St Patrick’s festivities!
In being true to our theme, it would be good to talk about stain remedies this week! Specifically, the stains on our clothes – you know, the ones! There have been many occasions where I have stained my clothes and not cleaned them correctly!
These tips might give you peace of mind when you inevitably stain your clothes.
As many of you may know, many stains “set” if left for too long. Also, only apply heat to a stain for a short time.
Each “staining” ingredient brings new challenges. However, I thought I would name the most common stains you are likely to encounter –
Chocolate and Cocoa: On clothing, rinse with cold water from the back of the stain, then rub in laundry detergent. Leave for five minutes, then, without rinsing, soak in cold water for 15 minutes.
Chewing gum: Use rubbing alcohol on delicate fabrics or pop clothing in a plastic bag in the freezer for 2-3 hours, then remove gum with a blunt knife.
Coffee: Sponge with warm water and detergent.
Wine: Cover the stain in white vinegar, which neutralizes purple and red pigments. Once you apply the vinegar, rub in liquid detergent, then launder in hot water. Eventually, the stain should lift.
Tomato sauce: Begin by removing as much of the excess tomato sauce as possible from the fabric. If the fabric is machine washable, run cold water through the back of the stain as quickly as possible. This will push the stain back out through the fabric. Do not run it through the front of the tomato stain, this will only worsen the stains appearance. Rub a liquid laundry detergent into the stained portion of the fabric. Work it into the fabric gently in a circular motion beginning on the outside of the stained area, and working in. Repeat with the detergent followed by mild bleaching as many times as you need to make the stain disappear.
I hope that helps! I can understand how deeply annoying it can be to get a stain. However, with all this advice, it will feel less like the world is ending when your clothes get stained.
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