5 Common Stains And How To Remove Them

 

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Nothing is worse than a stubborn stain that just won’t come out! While some stains are just too set-in to help, most stains can be lifted if you act fast enough! Some of the most common stains are fruit, wine, grass, sweat, and yellowed bedding. With a bit of luck and the right techniques, these stains will be gone before you know it!

fruit

 Fruit stains are most common with children (I’ve found that two-year olds really know how to smudge fruit into hard-to-reach places!) so be sure to act fast when they start playing with their food instead of eating it.

As soon as you notice the stain, scrape as much of the fruit off as you can. Take the clothing and run it under cold water, rubbing the fabric together to get out as much juice as possible.

If you have a stain remover, use it on the clothing immediately before rinsing. If you don’t have a stain remover, soak the fabric in a mixture of vinegar and dish washing liquid to help lift the stain.

Do not put the clothing in the dryer until the stain has completely lifted. If it is a white fabric, add bleach, vinegar, or lemon to your wash cycle to help the fabric get rid of that pesky stain.

wine

 Oh, no! Red wine on clothing is one of the worst stains there is, but if you act fast enough, you can save that shirt in no time!

First, gently blot out the excess liquid with a paper towel. Mix equal parts of dish washing soap with hydrogen peroxide and pour the mixture onto the stain, letting it soak. When you rinse it out, the stain should be barely noticeable, if not gone.

If you don’t have peroxide, you can use salt or baking soda to cover the stain. This will absorb the wine stain and leave you with a smaller mess to clean. Just wipe away the salt or baking soda and wash the clothing as normal.

If the stain has dried, you can soak it in vodka, or the dish washing soap and peroxide mix before rinsing and washing like normal.

grass

Grass stains are some of the toughest stains to get out of clothing!

The best thing to do is soak the fabric in a small bowl of laundry detergent and water before sending it into a normal wash cycle.

If the stain is still present after  a long soak, apply liquid laundry detergent directly onto the stain and rub it with your fingers or another piece of the stained fabric.

If the stain still persists, you can use a mixture of equal parts rubbing alcohol and water to help the stain along, but this method may cause bright colors to bleed and fade faster.

stain

Removing dried sweat stains is a lot easier than you may think.

All you need is vinegar and baking soda!

Mix the baking soda with water until it makes a paste. Rub it over the stain completely.

Add a spoonful of vinegar over the baking soda. It will instantly begin to fizz! Scrub away at the stain with a sponge or brush and let it dry completely.

Once the mixture is dried, brush it off and wash the clothing like normal.

pillowsSweat stains are not only found on clothing – they exist under the pillow covers as well!

When you sweat at night, it soaks into the pillow and dries in the fabric. This process does take a long time before you begin to see the yellowing of your pillows, so it’s best to treat your pillow stains once every six months, and twice during the Summer months, if it’s hot enough where you live.

In hot water, mix 1 cup of laundry detergent and 1 cup of powdered dish washing detergent. Add in 1 cup of bleach and  1/2 cup of  borax. If you can’t find borax, use baking soda.

Fill your washing machine halfway full with hot water and add in your mixture. Wear gloves and mix until it is completely dissolved.

Add your pillows to the mixture and then fill the rest of your machine with hot water.

Manually launder the pillows until all of the mixture has been in and around the pillows. Flip them over and continue to wash them.

Set your machine to the second rinsing cycle and drain the pillows. Rinse them out twice before drying them. All of those sweat stains should be gone! Put your pillows out to dry in the sunlight to get them extra fluffy!

Try these methods out the next time you have a pesky stain – just remember to act fast when you see a spill!

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