How To Remove Tough Stains On Clothing
Tough stains on cloth is a menace that exists everywhere and can happen to anyone at anytime. While going about our usual life activities, there’s no telling what we’ll come across. It could be a slight bump with someone carrying a glass of wine or juice, a splash of muddy water by the car of a reckless driver, a careless slip on a grassy field, or even a food stain while eating dinner.
people are forever in search of ways to remove one tough stain or the other from their outfits. This is why I have researched and put together this article on ways and products to remove tough stains from clothes. The following are common household products that have been proven to remove tough stains.
Household Products And Methods For Removing Tough Stains
Vinegar is quite effective for removing tough stains on fabrics. It’s acidic content makes it a versatile stain remover for fabrics, rugs and even surfaces. However, it works best for non-greasy stains like tomato stain such as mine described above, mustard stains or tea/coffee stains. All you have to do is make a solution of 1/3 cup of vinegar and 2/3 cup of water. Soak the stained outfit in the mixture, then launder as usual. You can as well hang the cloth to dry in the sun first to be sure the stain is gone before laundering.
This works for a variety of stains like grass stains and ink blots. Toothpastes sometimes come in a gel variety, ensure you use the one that is a paste and not a gel variety. Simply squeeze out a little of the paste on the stained spot. Then dip an old toothbrush in clean water and scrub the stained outfit till the stain is removed.
A combo Of Vinegar And Salt
Mixing salt with vinegar will increase the cleansing power and works for sweat stains and mildew smell or stains. Pour vinegar on stained outfit, then rub in salt to remove the stain before washing. If this doesn’t work well, soak the outfit in a mixture of vinegar, salt and water.
Vinegar And Baking Soda
This is a powerful combo for set in stains. For grass stains, soak the outfit in unsaturated vinegar. Then coat stain with a paste of equal vinegar and baking soda. Leave for 30 minutes then wash normally.
Vinegar And Hairspray
I know this is a surprising idea, but trust me it works especially for stubborn ink stains from ball-point or felt-tip pens. First, wipe the stained spot as much as possible. You can also coat the stained spot with petroleum jelly so the stain doesn’t spread. Afterwards, proceed to drench the stain completely with hairspray. Use one that has a high alcohol content so the ink can be dissolved easily. Finally, dip a clean white cloth in vinegar and blot out the stain till it’s completely gone. Now you can launder as usual.
Hydrogen peroxide is another mild bleach that is very effective for stain removal. It works for blood, grass, chocolate, wine, or sweat stains. Just saturate the stain with hydrogen peroxide or you mix with baking soda and scrub with a brush that is not too hard. Leave in for at least 30 minutes then wash out. You can swap the baking soda with dish soap.
This one helps remove greases. The trick is to put cornstarch on the stain spot immediately for it to absorb the oil, after which you launder normally. You can also use white chalk for this.
Conclusion; removing tough stains
The above tips are very useful if used properly. However, be aware that some hacks may not work in all cases depending on the type of fabric or intensity of the stain.
Also, It is very important that you don’t put the cloth in the dryer until you’re sure that the stain is all gone. Otherwise, you will end up with a permanent stain and might have to say goodbye to that favorite cloth.