Trying to remove stains from clothes when they would rather pitch a tent and stay for a while can be extremely annoying, but it doesn’t have to be.
We all know the feeling. We pick up our favorite blouse or pair of slacks and see an awful stain. Whether it seems enormous or small, usually the first thought is “Oh no! Will this come out?” And if so, “How?” Well, have no fear. We’ve got unique ways to get rid of the most stubborn but unique stains that seem to never want to go away.
How To Remove Stains From Clothes
As a romantic, I love showing affection. But removing lipstick stains, whether from a smooch or even just pulling your blouse over your head, are so pesky. First use a pre-wash stain remover to soften the stain. Be careful NOT to rub it. That will only make it more difficult to remove. Dab the stain remover with a white cloth and rinse using warm water. If that doesn’t work, try household detergent and dab again.
Spaghetti is a fun food that can make a big mess, but the stains are pretty simple to get rid of. Start from the back of the stain and rinse with cold water. Pretreat using liquid laundry, compress the stain and let it sit for a few minutes, sponge with white vinegar and rinse again. If the stain is still there after you’ve repeated these steps, rub the fabric lightly with laundry detergent and soak in warm water for 30 minutes. That should do the trick!
It’s actually pretty easy to remove mud stains that land on the kid’s clothes after an adventurous day in the great outdoors. First, let the mud dry so that it doesn’t smear when you’re trying to remove it. Then, shake off as much as possible. Rub liquid detergent on the stain and let it sit for as long as it needs to until the stain is gone. Apply a stain remover and then wash as you normally would.
Another fun, but obviously messy project that children can have a little too much fun with is crayons. Many times, they enjoy coloring their clothes more than the paper. While this is adorable, the clean-up project might not be as fun. But, it’s possible. Simply remove the excess crayon and put the stain between two pieces of white blotting paper (be careful to make sure the stains don’t spread). For cotton, pour boiling water on the stain and let it dry.
Blot with a paper towel to get as much of the stain off as possible. Create a paste with powdered detergent and water in a bowl. Let it sit for ten minutes then wash the material as directed on the tag. If you want to be extra sure that the stain will come off, feel free to pre-treat the stain using an enzyme product and dab with club soda.
These helpful cleaning tips can save you a trip to the professionals. But of course, the result of each treatment depends on the type of fabric (i.e. silk, cotton) and size of the stain. Lastly, you always want to be sure to follow any instructions on the tag of your fabric.