Is there anything worse than spilling red wine on your creme-coloured blouse? Probably trying to get day-old chewing gum out of your child’s favourite shirt. So basically, stained clothes, in general, are the worst.
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Well, now you don’t have to panic every time there’s a spill. We’ve got the products and methods needed to help get rid of every kind of stain you could encounter.
Here’s how to handle any stain caused by food, drinks or your kids:
Bonus tip before we get started: For old stains: Soak garment in cold water with ½ tsp dishwashing liquid and 1 tbsp vinegar.
- What to use: Cornflour and a stain remover
- Method: Sprinkle the stained clothes with a little cornflour and leave for a few seconds. Scrape off the powder and any solids, then rinse with cold water. Apply the stain remover, leave to dry, then scrape off any residue.
- What to use: Liquid detergent
- Method: Stretch the fabric over a bowl and pour cold water through it. Rub detergent into the stain, leave for a few minutes, then rinse and machine wash.
- What to use: Laundry detergent
- Method: Soak the stain in cold water for five minutes. Lightly scrub some detergent on the stain using an old toothbrush. Wash it with warm water and air-dry.
- What to use: Stain remover
- Method: Soak in cold water mixed with stain remover for 20 minutes. Machine wash; if any remains once dry, sandwich the garment between blotting paper and iron.
- What to use: Stain remover
- Method: Soak the stained clothes in a solution of stain remover and cold water for 20 minutes before machine washing item.
- What to use: Liquid detergent, white vinegar
- Method: Use a clean cloth to blot up the stain before rinsing it with water. Soak the stain in two parts warm water with half a teaspoon of liquid detergent and one tablespoon vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse with water then machine wash.
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- What to use: White vinegar and stain remover
- Method: For a black coffee stain, apply some diluted vinegar (one part vinegar to one part water). Flush with water. For white coffee, apply stain remover and water.
- What to use: White vinegar and detergent
- Method: Soak the stain in the vinegar for a few minutes and then rub in liquid detergent. Warm water machine wash.
- What to use: White vinegar, mild detergent
- Method: Flush the area with cold water, then drip diluted vinegar (one part vinegar to one part water) onto the stain. Rub in mild detergent and a little water, then rinse with cold water.
- What to use: White vinegar
- Method: Put the garment in the freezer or rub the gum with an ice cube. Scrape off with a knife or blade, then remove the residual mark with a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water.
- What to use: Stain remover and salt
- Method: Soak in salt water for a few hours. Rinse. Apply a paste of stain remover and water and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes, then rinse and machine wash.
- What to use: Stain remover, bio-detergent and white vinegar
- Method: Stretch the fabric over a bowl and pour warm water through it. Apply stain remover, leave to dry, then machine wash in bio-detergent. Treat any remaining colour with vinegar.
- What to use: Paint thinners or a specialist cleaner
- Method: Apply paint thinners or a specialist cleaner with a cloth. Leave for a few minutes, then scrub with a stiff-bristle brush and hot water (or use a high-pressure hose, if you have one).