No matter how careful we are, we all have to deal with nasty stains at one point or another, especially if there are (little)children in the household.
How To Remove The Disturbing Stains
Some stains are tougher than others, but the trick is knowing how to remove them without making them more permanent – yes, this can happen – or worse: ruining your clothes. In this article, we will describe five of the worst stains and give you tips on how to remove them.
This is a particularly nasty one as it stains immediately and it is quite tough to remove. It may be a good idea to keep a stain remover close by whenever you are planning to open a bottle so that you can attend to it immediately, especially when you’re wearing light colors and delicate fabrics. Come stain removal time, use a paper towel and dab it immediately to get most of the wine out. Then create a mixture of water and baking soda, apply it to the stain and leave it on for a couple of minutes. Then use cold water with some vinegar to rinse your garment.
Tomato-based sauces cause some of the nastiest stains and removing them can be quite a challenge. First and foremost, never wash your tomato-sauce stained clothing in hot water as this sets the stain, making it near impossible to remove. The best way to get rid of this type of stain is to soak your garment in cold water with white vinegar and dishwashing liquid. Leave it to soak for half an hour. After this, you can scrub the stain with a brush and see if it comes out. You can repeat this process a few times until the stain is removed. If you’re not getting anywhere, take your garment to the dry cleaner.
Very few things are better than chocolate, especially that yummy melted chocolate in those chocolate fountains. When it’s all over your favorite dress, however, it’s not so great. Chocolate stains can be removed with water to which you add half a teaspoon of ammonia and a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Use this mixture to blot the chocolate stain but be sure not to rub. The safest way to remove the chocolate from your clothing is by turning your garment inside out and attacking it from the back of the fabric.
Grease stains are quite nightmarish nasties as well, especially pizza, gravy or fried chicken stains as they can leave terrible marks. Removing grease from clothing should be done carefully and one tried and tested method is to apply dishwashing liquid directly onto the stain. Let it soak for about 30 minutes, then scrub the stain with a brush in cold water with some laundry detergent. If this doesn’t work, let your dry cleaner work his magic.
As much as we can’t get mad at our babies and toddlers for messing their food all over their (and your) clothes, it is still quite a frustrating thing to deal with. Baby food stains can be removed by scraping the excess food off the clothes, rinse and pre-treat the stains with a spot stain remover. After this, put the clothes in the washing machine with your usual laundry detergent. If this doesn’t work you can soak the clothes in alcohol (no, not red wine) and wash them again.