How To Remove Stains From Clothing

How to save clothes and money by removing stains at home

Removing stains from clothing can be easy if you follow these simple steps.

Try to take care of stains as soon as possible,if you wait too long when stains are dry they make not be as removable as when fresh. The first thing you should do for liquid stains is to take a white towel or cloth and blot the stain to remove excess moisture. If there are solids on the stain, try to scrape those off. Do not use bar soaps, as many soaps may cause stains to set. Do not use hot water, as this will cause some stains to set. If you cannot take care of the stain right away, try to keep it moist with cool water until you can treat it.

For ink stains you can gently blot the stain with hair spray or rubbing alcohol, then launder as usual. To remove fresh blood dab some laundry detergent and use cold water till stain comes out. If the blood is dried, treat as fresh, then if stain is still there , blot with amonia diluted in cold water. Blood is a protein stain and will be set by heat or hot water. Ketchup and other tomato based stains can be removed by first trying some dishwashing liquid and cool water. If stain does not come out, try mixing water and vinegar. Flush this mixture through stain and wash. Grass stains require pretreating with an enzyme laundry detergent, then wash as usual. Nail polish can be treated with nail polish remover. Cooking oil can be removed if you use a powder like baby or bath,and cool water, then launder as usual. Pencil can be removed by very gently using a pencil eraser, then a fabric pretreater before washing.Baby food stains should be flushed with cool water and then soaked in laundry detergent before washing.

There are a variety of pre-treating products on the market,each is geared toward a certain type of stain. Follow the directions on the package, and launder as usual.

f your stain has dried before you could treat it properly, you can use some glycerin to remoisten it. Most stains will need pre-soaking in an enzyme detergent,so it's a good idea to have it on hand. Also you will want to keep some rubbing alcohol, and household amonia in the laundry room. If you are ever unsure about the type of fabric, or the treatment, you can test it in an inconspictous area first. If you find your fabric unhurt go ahead and treat the stain.

Besides visible stains there are other damaging things like odors that can set in fabrics. One of the worst is skunk odor. If you have ever smelled skunk you know how strong and terrible it is, but there is an old solution. Get some peppermint extract and launder the smelly item in cool water. You may have to repeat the process once or twice, but it will work. You can try this method on all types of odor. If it works on skunk it will work on everything else.

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