Removing Stains From Clothing

Tips for removing stains from clothing. Having this knowledge can save you lots of time and money.

The cost of dry cleaning your clothes these days can be expensive. Yes, there are certain types of clothing that should only be trusted to a dry cleaner. But, what most people don't know is that most stains can be easily removed from most fabrics at home with simple household products such as vinegar, Vaseline Jelly, bleach, ammonia, or just good old soap.

First and formost, it is important to know that fabrics such as rayons, velvets, silks and some laces should only be brought to a reputable dry cleaning service. Contrary to popular belief, Leathers can be home cleaned very easily. Club soda will work wonders on this fabric. Gently scrub the stain back and forth with and old toothbrush.

There are many varieties of stains. The most common ones tend to be food based stains such as butter, ketchup, gum, chocolate, and liquids. Then there are ink, pencil, lipstick, blood, perspiration, and mud stains. There are simple remedies for all of theses stains that you can do at home. Beware of the fabric you are working with, however. It is always recomended that you test a hidden area of a fabric before treating the stain to see how it reacts. That way, if it does require a trip to the cleaners you won't have to find out the hard way...after you tried to treat the stain.

Butter is considered one of the most difficult stains to remove. All you will need is a soft sponge, warm water, shampoo, and some grease solvent. Apply a small amount of grease solvent to the stain and let dry. It won't take long for this to happen. Then take the sponge, apply some warm water and a bit of shampoo and gently lift the stain.

Ketchup stains require glycerine, and a little soap and water. Act quickly, though, or the stain may set.

Gum can be removed one of two ways. Either freeze the article of clothing and gently wittle away the frozen gum or you can try egg whites.



Chocolate can be unrelenting. But, you have a chance of removing it if you use a dry grease solvent and some soap and water. Don't rinse it, but wash it right away. Depending on the fabric, you may have to take it to the cleaners.

And last but not least, in the food based stains, the liquids. Well, alchohol and tea seem to be the toughest. For alchohol, act quickly. Soak the garmet in water and glycerin, then gently lift the stain. Rinse in vinegar and cold water. And, for tea, laundering immediately will remove the stain, however you may be out of luck if it is a colored garmet verses a white garmet. For a white garmet, you can apply a bit of bleach to the stain and you will be out of the woods. With a colored garmet, you may have more luck at the cleaners.

For other stains that are not food based, treatment varies. Ink and pencil lead stained clothes need not be thrown away so quickly. For ink, just apply a little bit of hair spray and work out with a tooth brush. Launder as usual. For pencil lead, this is a little more tedious. You will need to apply a heavy duty detergent to the stain, work in, rinse, then apply a small bit of ammonia, work in , rinse and repeat until the stain is lifted.

Ahh lipstick. The dreaded stain. This is not guaranteed to work, but is worth a try. Use grease solvent on the stain and work in until the stain appears to be lifting, then launder the garmet with heavy duty detergent. Allow to soak for an hour or so, before washing.

Blood is another one of those stains that people get scared of very easily. Try a paste of meat tenderizer and cold water. Apply to the stain with a damp sponge and let set for half and hour. When it is dry, rinse.

Perspiration stains and ring around the collar are also a common complaint. For perspiration, soak the garmet in white vinegar and work the stain out. Launder as usual. For ring around the collar, try white chalk. The chalk absorbs some of the oils in the fabric. It may not completly remove the stain, but your garmet will look a lot better. Launder as usual.

Then, there is mud. Not a hard stain to remove if you act quickly. Spot scrub the mud stains with heavy duty detergent then launder.

Having the above products in your house can be invaluable when it comes to removing stains. No method is full proof, however, most work near 100% of the time if you act quickly and have the necessary equipment and knowledge.

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