There are so many different substances that can stain your clothes – from food and drink to ink, lipstick, and oil. Every stain has a different remedy, and the material of your garment will have an impact on how you clean it. So, what do you do when you get a stain on your favourite jacket, dress, or shirt?
For the ultimate laundry stain removal guide ¬– read on!
Home Remedies for Removing Common Stains
Let’s face it; most of us run for the Surf excel Bar as soon as disaster strikes. But the ingredients you can find at home can help remove stains, too. Always remember to try out these methods on inconspicuous areas of your garment first to make sure that there is no discolouration or damage. If in doubt, you can always take your garment to a specialist for advice.
Removing Chocolate Stains with Milk
First, remove any excess chocolate by putting the garment in the freezer and then scraping the hardened chocolate off.
Then, run hot water down the back of the chocolate stain to melt it and push it through to the front.
Rub washing up detergent into the stain and then soak the garment in milk for 30 minutes to an hour.
Wash as normal and repeat if necessary.
Removing Berry Stains with Lemon Juice
Wash the berry stain as normal and leave it out in direct sunlight for some time to benefit from the bleaching effect of the sun’s rays.
If it’s a tough stain, rub lemon juice over the top, or lay a slice of lemon on the stain.
Rinse, dry and repeat if necessary.
Removing Tomato Stains with Vinegar
Soak the tomato stain for 30 minutes in neat white vinegar.
Rinse and then rub detergent directly into the stain before washing on a cool cycle.
Repeat as necessary.
Removing Ink Stains with Hairspray
An ink stain can be tricky to remove. Soaking the area in an alcohol-based product, like methylated spirits or hairspray will be the best solution in this case.
Dab at the stain with an absorbent cloth until it fades.
Then, wash as normal.
Removing Oil Stains with Dishwashing Liquid
Oil and any form of greasy stain can benefit from a squirt of dishwashing liquid or washing detergent applied directly and rubbed in.
Wash on a hot cycle and repeat if necessary.
Removing Blood Stains with Salt
Time is of the essence with blood stains – the sooner you can treat the stain, the better the outcome.
Create a paste with salt and cold water.
Rub this paste directly onto the stain, ideally within 10-15 minutes of the stain occurring.
Rinse with cold water (not hot) and repeat as necessary.
So, there you have it. With this stain removal guide getting your clothes clean and spotless will be quick and easy!
Key Steps for Stain Removal:
- It’s always best to tackle stains as quickly as possible.
- Be sure to read the care label on your garment to determine which type of stain removal method to use.