Stains are a fact of life. Kids + gardens, red wine + enthusiastic hand gestures, muddy paws + white couches – they all equal stains. No matter, though. Here’s a handy list of recipes to remove 5 of the most common and annoying stains.
The more you drink it, the more likely you are to spill it. The next time you have a vino spillage take the garment off, blot away excess wine, then cover the stain with salt. You should see the salt turn pink as it absorbs the colour. If you can’t wash it straight after the salt treatment you can also pretreat the stain with club soda.
Why do the most delicious things create the worst stains? If you (or the kids) get chocolate on your clothes or soft furnishings first gently scrape off as much of the chocolate as you can, being careful not to push it further into the material. Then use a homemade stain remover of one part dish soap and two parts white vinegar, and apply it liberally to the stain with a clean cloth or sponge. Leave it to break down the stain for 15 minutes, then wash the item it cold water.
Have some vinegar on hand to treat the soccer victory slide evidence. Apply a pre-wash stain treatment of one part vinegar and two parts water and let it sit for 15 minutes. Lightly scrub the stain using a toothbrush to work the treatment into the material, then wash as usual in an enzyme detergent.
While most stains are best treated ASAP, you want to let mud dry before you attempt to remove the stain. When the mud’s dry brush off as much of the dirt as you can. Use a natural detergent and a bit of water and rub the fabric so it gets all sudsy, then rinse. Repeat if necessary, then wash as usual in enzyme detergent – you can add a bit of vinegar to supercharge the wash if a slight stain still remains.
If someone takes a spill it’s best to try and remove the stain as soon as possible. First try simply using cold water to rinse out the blood. If a stain still remains pour vinegar directly on the stain, blot until it disappears, then rinse with cold water. Another method is to make a paste out of cornstarch and water, rub it into the stain and leave it out in the sun to dry. Once dry, brush the residue off the fabric and the stain should go with it.