Home Remedies For Removing Tough Stains From Clothing

Removing tough stains from clothing can become an expensive task. Here are a few remedies to try at home using products you may have lying around.

Removing stains from clothing can be a costly thing. Here are a few techniques that can be done with items you may already have at home.

INK

1. Treat a thick, white towel with hair spray. Dab the effected area and blot with a dry towel simultaneously.

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2. Treat a thick, white towel with Ispropyl Rubbing Alcohol. Dab the affected area and blot with a dry towel simultaneously.

BLOOD STAINS

Dried Blood:

Mix one teaspoon of a mild laundry detergent with a cup of ice cold water. Blot on affected area with a towel. You can also use one tablespoon of household ammonia mixed with half cup of ice cold water. Blot with a clean towel. Sponge with clean ice cold water.

Fresh Blood:

Sponge stain immediately with cold water or club soda and dry with a clean absorbant towel. Repeat as necessary until desired results are reached.

COFFEE or SODA POP

Mix one teaspoon of a mild detergent with a cup of lukewarm water. Blot the area with a clean towel. Mix one third cup of white household vinegar with two thirds cups water. Blot with clean towel. Sponge with clean water. Blot dry.



MARGARINE OR HAND LOTION

Sponge the area with a amall amount of dry cleaning solvent such as Energine (found in your local grocery store). Blot area. Mix one teaspoon of a mild detergent with cup of lukewarm water. Blot area. Sponge with clean water. Blot till dry.

TOMATO SAUCE, SALSA, CATSUP, SOY SAUCE

Mix one teaspoon of mild detergent with cup of lukewarm water. Blot area. Mix one tablespoon of household ammonia with half cup of water. Blot area. Sponge with clean water. Blot excess residue.

CRAYONS OR CANDLEWAX

Carefully scrape or lift off as much solid matter as possible. Be careful not to spread the stain.

Next, fill a zipper type freezer bag with ice and rest it over the affected area for several minutes. Repeat this process until you have removed as much of the matter as possible. Then use your hair dryer (on "hi" setting) to soften the residue that is left. After the residue is heated, carefully scrape as much solid matter as possible using a thick paper towel. Repeat these processes as necessary.

LIPSTICK

Rub in vegetable or mineral oil onto affected area and allow it to soak for approximately 15 minutes. Blot excess oils with an absorbent paper towel. Then sponge in solution of 50% water and 50% ammonia (do not use on wool or silk). Rinse thoroughly and wring excess. Sponge remaining affected areas liberally with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Apply laundry pre-treat and launder in hot water.

Remember when removing stains to always pretest on a small indescreet area for color fading in the fabric.

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