When we cook or eat, spills and messes tend to happen every once in awhile – but don’t be too quick to toss your soiled clothes away! Find out some ways on how you can remove all kinds of stains from your clothes such that they will be as good as new.
How to remove stains from your clothes
Gravy and grease stains
Grease stains from butter or oil can be frustrating to clean. What you can do is massage some dish soap on the stain and flush it with running water as soon as possible. The dish soap helps remove grease, and it has the advantage of already being available in the kitchen.
It is always better to air dry the cloth than using a dryer as the heat can cause the stains to stay. Retreat and rewash in the same way if the stain remains on the cloth after drying the first time.
Alternatively, corn starch also helps to pull up grease stains that are more set-in on clothes. Pile some talcum or cornstarch onto the stains and leave it untouched for half a day. Brush the powder away and wipe the residue with a damp cloth or sponge.
Chocolate stains can be removed from clothes quickly using an effective stain remover solution such as the Shout Trigger Spray. Saturate the chocolate stain with the spray, and then rub the stained portion of the cloth with itself to work the spray in. Hold the cloth flexed under cold running water and rub it against itself under the stream to get rid of the stain.
Stains from dairy products
Wash off stains caused due to dairy products with cold water initially. Treat the stains with an enzyme-based stain remover and then launder the clothes. Make sure that you choose cold water to treat dairy stains on both clothes and dishes as using hot water will make the stain gummy and more stubborn to treat.
Tea and coffee stains
Begin to flush the stained area with running water right after the spill occurs. Use dish soap and a light-coloured sponge or cloth to rub on the stain for it to come out without too much stress.
Starch stains and stains of potatoes and pumpkins
Starch can be hard to remove because they tend to become glue-like. Scrape as much starchy food from the fabric with the edge of a spoon and flush cold water on it to reconstitute the dried-on starch. Follow by treating the stain with some laundry detergent or any stain pretreatment product and then launder it to remove the stain.
Cranberry sauce and red wine stains
Wherever there is a bottle of wine, there is always a chance of spill as well. Cranberry sauce is also one of the most used items during meals, especially during holiday gatherings. The stains caused by these two are the most stubborn to deal with. You can pour a small amount of salt on the spilt areas of carpet and upholstery and let it sit undisturbed for a while. Salt is a hygroscopic agent that absorbs the stain of fresh wine.
Butter and egg stains tend to happen on your clothes during baking preparations. Treat the stains from any fat-based delicacy as soon it happens to prevent the seeping of grease into the clothes. Flush the stain using cold water and pretreat it with a stain remover before washing. Make sure to also look at the fabric care label before applying any harsh stain removers.
Use a clean white rag or paper towel to blot away as many spills of champagne or white wine as possible initially. Wash the stain with cold water and then wash it with the hottest water possible after checking the care instructions of the fabric.
Remove the stains of raw fish on clothes by flushing them with cold water as soon as the stain happens. Launder the fabric as recommended on its care label for a safe wash. Fish stains might need blotting; they will also need pretreatment with a detergent or stain remover before you launder it with the hottest water possible.
Blot grape stains as soon as they happen with a clean white cloth and flush the fabric in cold water. Treat the stained area with a stain remover and let it sit for twenty minutes before laundering. Follow the care label of the fabric for a safe wash.
Bacon and pork stains
Remove the stains of any raw meat on the fabric by flushing and blotting with cold water before laundering the fabric. Cooked bacon and pork is likely to leave oil stains on clothes, and hence blotting the stain with a paper towel or clean white cloth is recommended as the first step. You can also use some white bread to absorb thick oil from the fabric or sprinkle some corn starch on it. Follow by pretreating the cloth using a detergent or stain remover and let it sit undisturbed for around fifteen minutes before you launder it. Follow by laundering the fabric using the hottest water you can use safely on the fabric.
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