Laundry stains are common thing for persons who mostly have children. Meanwhile, those that don’t have children may get the occasional red wine, coffee stain or ink stain.
Most stains can be removed quickly, it’s only up to you to find the right solution and act quickly enough. Stains can ruin your favorite outfits at the most inopportune time.
Keep your clothes stain free and fresh using these hacks. Compiled is a list of various laundry stains and how to get rid of them.
Red wine is usually served at dinners and sit down events. On occasion, it’s highly possible to spill a glass on your nicest shirt or carpet.
It can seem hopeless to get it out and you may even be ready to throw the piece out. But, a red wine stain can be removed in no time.
Just spread the material over a bowl, secure it with a rubber band. Then cover the stain with salt and let it sit for 15 minutes or until it begins to turn pink.
Afterwards, pour boiling hot water over it and watch the stain disappear. Once you’re done, you can wash it as usual.
A coffee stain sets in quite quickly and can come about at any point during commute. Whether you’re trying to drive as you drink or rushing into the office.
Even trying to get in and out of the kitchen can cause you to spill your cup-of-joe. If it’s a fresh stain, running it under cold water from the back of the stain may do the trick.
For more set in stains it can be removed using Murphy’s oil soap and borax. The older the stain, the longer the soak. Constantly soak it and rub it to loosen and remove the stain.
For those with children or husbands who play sports, grass stains are common . Most of the time, they can be removed with a deep enough wash.
However, some species of grass are highly potent and cause a stronger stain. These may seem impossible to remove but if you have vinegar it’s highly possible.
Just mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water and let the clothes soak for 15 minutes. Then use a toothbrush to work it until the stain is gone.
Did you get blue or green toothpaste on your fresh top through the morning rush? It doesn’t have to ruin the look of your outfit.
You don’t have to become late just to find a new top. You can remove the stain quickly and easily. Just scrape off the excess, being careful not to spread it out.
Then rub a small amount of soap over the area. Lastly, wipe it clean with a moist rag and get all the soap residue out.
It’s the worst when grease gets all over your favorite and most expensive clothes, especially silk. You don’t have to worry about getting a new top or never wearing that one again.
Just pull out your Murphy’s oil soap or baking soda. For the oil soap, just work it into the area with the grease stain and either rinse it out with fresh water or wipe it with a moistened rag.
If you choose baking soda, it is recommended to make a paste and leave it on for a couple minutes. Both these products are known for their grease cutting properties.
Ketchup bottles tend to spritz out ketchup with intent. It always goes way too far and messes up somebody’s clothes.
Never fear, ketchup stains can be removed easily. Begin by flushing the area with running water from the back. Then pretreat with liquid detergent and borax.
You can use the 2 to form a paste to apply to the area. After about 30 minutes you can work the stain a bit and rinse. The ketchup marks should come out cleanly.
Blood may come from a wound or for women and girls, a menstrual period. It tends to get messy sometimes and it can ruin those perfect white jeans or underwear.
Experts say the first step is to flush the area with cold water before it sets in. Blot it and get as much of the blood out as possible.
Then dab a bit of hydrogen peroxide to saturate the stain and it will rinse out easily. You may have to rinse it several times to get it out of the fabric cleanly.
If its concealer, foundation, eyeliner, blush or mascara, it can be removed with a paste of baking soda and water.
Just rinse out or scrape off the excess of the stain and create a paste of baking soda and water. Cover the stain and work the area until it begins to lift.
You’ll know it’s lifting because it will become wet and start moving freely. Rinse away the excess and repeat until it’s all gone.
If it’s lipstick, you may have to add vinegar to the mix. Just let it froth and once it dies down, work it and rinse it away.
Don’t you just hate when deodorant smears the armpit of your shirt? Similar to makeup, deodorant can be removed with baking soda and water.
Create a mixture of baking soda, water and detergent. Place the garment in the mix and begin to work the area. rub it until the deodorant stain disappears.
Due to the greasy and thick consistency of deodorant, the stain will stay put if you don’t work the fabric. You can rub it together until the deodorant seems to sink into the fabric and it’s no longer white.
For the same reasons you may have grass stains, you may have mud. If you only have mud, you should allow it to dry and brush off as much of the stain as possible.
Then use a gentle detergent and water to wash the rest away. If it’s a bit more stubborn, just soak the clothes in water and vinegar to get it completely clean.
You may also add baking soda to the mix for some additional insurance. Mud is one of the easier stains to remove as dirt reacts quickly to water.
If you somehow get fruit juice on your clothes or if your kids do, do not reach for detergent. Laundry detergent when added to fruit juice will set it in place.
The pieces of clothes will be ruined. First blot the stain with white vinegar to remove it completely. Do the blotting until the stain completely lifts.
If it insists on staying in, then reach for an enzyme paste or create a paste with baking soda and water. Work this into the stain then rinse it away.Repeat the process if necessary.
This hack is for gym clothes or under shirts that take a battering from sweat. Sweat tends to set in over time and even cause white fabrics to yellow.
To remove yellowing stains completely or general sweat stains you need the hottest water possible with vinegar. Fill a basin with 1 part vinegar and 2 parts hot water.
Place the clothing into the container and cover it. Let it sit until the water is only warm to the touch. Once you can touch it comfortably, add laundry detergent and wash the sweat stains away.
Ink stains tend to affect pockets the most because that’s where we place pens. A pen may leak onto the surface it’s on most consistently.
The most common hack for removing ink stains is hairspray. Just place a paper towel under the stain and blot it with hairspray.
Do this until the stain lifts away, then wash it as usual. You can also do this with hand sanitizer, hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.
However, the most effective solution is hair spray. It will move the stain completely and quickly.
Allow the chocolate to completely harden before working on it. Working on soft chocolate will only spread the stain.
Treat this with Dawn dish soap and water. Work it around until the stain is completely lifted. After this, you can rinse away all the chocolate.
If a spot still remains or if the chocolate was milk based, you can add baking soda to the Dawn dish soap to lift it away. Baking soda and Dawn dish soap does an excellent job at lifting stains and grease.
Using the right method may also cause some stains to set in. Remember to keep baking soda and vinegar handy around the house.
These 2 are powerful stain and grease fighting products that will save your life and limb. When used correctly they make your life so much easier.