Stain removal tips
We all have that one piece of clothing we can’t wear anymore because we’ve spilt or dropped something down it. Whether you have pets, messy kids or are just a bit haphazard yourself, it can be incredibly frustrating when your favourite dress or t-shirt is stained.
The key to treating stains effectively is to get them in the wash quickly but, unfortunately, that’s not always possible. Treating a stain after the event is always going to be more difficult but you can still get pretty good results with these home remedies.
Baking soda & washing up liquid
If you can’t seem to remove those pesky oil stains even after regular washing, this stain removal tip is for you. Place a piece of cardboard underneath the oil stain you are trying to remove and rub in lots, (and we mean lots), of baking soda. You’ll want to rub vigorously for a couple of minutes until the oil has started to come though onto the cardboard. Once you’ve done this, repeat the process again for another minute and then rub some mild washing up liquid into the stain.
Brush off as much excess baking powder as you can and wash in your machine as normal. If you use a low spin cycle, you may need to wash your item a couple of times to get rid of all the powder.
Salt & hot water
This combo is a gentle but effective way to remove lighter stains such as dried blood. Drape your piece of clothing over a deep bowl and rub in plenty of salt with an old toothbrush. Once you’ve done this, pour over freshly boiled water from the kettle and continue to rub salt into the stain until dissolved.
Not everyone has rubbing alcohol at home but for those of you that do, it can help you to effectively remove ink stains from clothing. This method involves placing a rag underneath said ink stain and pouring over a little alcohol to get the initial ink dispersal going. Once you’ve done this, you’ll then want to use a cotton bud soaked in more rubbing alcohol to gently rub the ink stains until they are almost gone. After that, just pop it in the machine and wash it as normal and your stain should be gone.
White wine & white wine vinegar
This is a great stain removal tip for all you red wine lovers. We all know how much damage red wine can do to our clothes but there is a way to get rid of the stains effectively. Mix white wine vinegar with some actual white wine, (as well as a little water to dilute the smell), and pour over the stain. It’s best to be quite heavy handed with this, as the more you use the better the result will be. For the best finish, pop it into the wash straight after doing this. However, if you don’t have time you can use a hairdryer on a low heat setting to dry your clothing.
So there you have it! 4 fantastic stain removal tips that could save your clothing. Next time you find yourself with a pesky stain, don’t just assume your clothes are ruined. Try giving these low cost home remedies a go for some surprisingly effective stain removal.