Stain Removal

How to get rid of stains on fabrics?

Homemade natural stuffs are sometimes as effective as store bought chemicals. Using simple solutions, we can remove fabric stains at home. If you do not like to use chemicals then try some of the following methods to remove tough stains at home.

It is important to remove stains as soon as it gets on the fabric. Do not allow stains to sink in.

Some of the common stains are: yellow stain, ink, fruit jam, blood stain and chocolate stains.

Yellow stain:

1. Baking Soda, Peroxide, and Water

  • Mix equal parts of baking soda, peroxide, and water in a small container.
  • Apply the mixture to the stain and use a bristle brush to rub the mixture in to the fabric.
  • Allow it to sit for thirty minutes to an hour depending on the severity of the stain and wash as normal.

2. White Vinegar and Salt

  • Mix a half a cup of white vinegar and half cup of salt in a bucket of water.
  • Place the clothing inside the mixture and stir for at least thirty minutes.
  • Remove the clothing and wash as normal.

3. Toothpaste

  • Rub the toothpaste over the entire stained area with a bristle brush until the stain is lifted.
  • Once the stain is removed, wash the clothing to remove the toothpaste.

4. Lemon Juice

  • Apply lemon juice to the entire stained area and let the clothing sit in the sun for a day.
  • As soon as you bring the clothing inside, wash as normal by hand or in a washing machine to remove the lemon juice.

5. Denture tablet:

  • Dissolve denture tablets (1 to 3) in a bucket full of warm water.
  • Soak the  fabric in this water for about  30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Rinse the cloth and give a normal wash.

Chocolate Stains :

  1. Remove excess chocolate by putting the garment in the freezer and scrape the hardened chocolate off.
  2. Hold the fabric in hot water down the back of the chocolate stain to melt it and push it through to the front.
  3. Apply detergent on the stain and soak the garment in little milk for 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. Give a normal wash.

Berry Stains :

  1. Rub lemon juice over the top, or lay a slice of lemon on the stain.
  2. Rinse the fabric in regular water, dry and repeat if necessary.

 Tomato Stain :

  1. Soak stained cloth for 30 minutes in clear vinegar.
  2. Rinse, and apply detergent and run through washing machine.

Ink Stains :

1. Soak stained cloth in alcohol based product like hairspray. This will dissolve the ink.

2. Dab the stained area using an absorbent cloth until ink comes out.

3. Repeat the steps 1 & 2 if necessary and the wash the cloth using detergent.

Oil Stains :

1. Apply dishwashing liquid or washing detergent on oil stains. Soak in for few minutes.

2. Use hot cycle, and repeat if necessary.

Blood Stains :

1. Prepare salt paste using cold water.

2. Rub the salt paste on the stain and leave it for half an hour.

3. Rinse cloth using cold water.

Remember: If it is blood stain – do not allow stain to settle down on the fabric. Quick action is necessary to remove the bloodstain.

Wine stains :

1. Blot or dab the excess liquid on fabric.

2. To stop steeping wine stain into fabric, apply salt to soak excess liquid

3. Neutralize stain by applying white wine.

4. Prepare baking soda paste using little water and apply on the stain.

5. Wash using mighty detergent.

Unlike store brands, homemade stain removers will not have regulated formula. You might have to repeat the steps once or twice more depending on the intensity of the stains on fabric.

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Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: February 6, 2017

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