Removing Stains: How To Eliminate Them

Removing stains that arise in a variety of situations. Whether you are in your house or at a neighborhood cookout, these options will help you remove several of the most common and potent stains.

To begin with, there may be no such thing as a "simple stain" in household jargon. These days, stains come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention substances. Nevertheless, these hints, along with some effort on your part, will allow you to eliminate most, if not all of the unsightly blemishes you encounter.

As with all stains, these methods and substances work best if you are able to begin the removal process while the stain is still wet. Keep these methods posted in your laundry room or another prominent area in your house. That way, time can be spent removing your stains, not rummaging through drawers for advice on how to remove them.

A common stain is red soda or punch. Keep the stain moist by quickly placing cold water on it as soon as possible. Mix a small amount of ammonia into a glass of cold water. Dab the mixed solution on the stain with a white towel or cloth. If the stain shows no signs of coming out, take some household salt and sprinkle some on the stain. Use your cloth to rub it in. Place more of the ammonia mix on the stain. Then place a new towel over the stain and work it in. Wash the entire garment immediately.

Coffee, especially black coffee, is very tough. Get a clean towel or sponge and moisten it with tap water. Sponge out as much of the stain as you can, rewetting the cloth periodically. Place a small amount of vinegar on the same cloth and work it into the stain. Squirt a laundry pretreatment solution such as Spray and Wash, onto the stain. Work it into the fabric with a clean towel. Wash the entire fabric immediately.

Summertime is also the time for many scrapes, bruises, and cuts. Thus, you will likely encounter blood stains on your clothes or those of your children. Soak up any excess on the surface of the fabric, then rinse it with cold or lukewarm water thoroughly. It the fabric will tolerate them, apply several drip of bleach and several applications of Spray and Wash. More than any other stain, do not let blood dry on the fabric.

Cooking in the kitchen? Most of us do, so the chances for getting grease stains on our clothes can be quite high. Should grease settle on your garments, get a clean cloth and press it into the stian to absorb any excess. If it has dried, scrape off as much as possible with a kitchen knife or scissors. Place a small amount of grease removing dishwashing liquid on the stain. Use a clean scrubbrush to work it in. Then apply Spray and Wash and launder the entire garment immediately.

Grass stains are also common. They are unlike most stains in that they are not usually wet when you first encounter them. Get the spot wet with hot water, and apply dishwashing or laundry detergent immediately. Work them both into the clothes with a moist cloth. Then rinse the clothes under hot water. Wash the entire garment immediately.

Though these methods do not guarantee you a trouble free stain removing experience, they will make a huge difference than if you were to simply throw the clothes into the washer and clean them with detergent.

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