However careful you may be, stains are a common occurrence in every day life that you can’t escape from completely. From blood stains from a nosebleed or accident, to spilling ketchup on your clothes during lunch or even an unexpected ink spill, it is crucial that you know how you can salvage your clothes when the need arises.
The secret is to act fast immediately a stain occurs to avoid the stain from setting into the fabric. Here are 10 simple stain removal techniques you can use without having to necessarily wash your clothes:
1) Never scrub, always blot
To avoid stains from deeply setting into clothes, blot, not scrub, the residue of the stain. Aggressively scrubbing or rubbing can cause the stain to permeate deeper into fabric, making it much more difficult to remove. Always use a clean napkin or cloth to blot stain, with a light hand, removing surface discoloration.
2) Apply table salt to wine stains
Blot excess red wine and apply table salt generously to the merlot stain. Ensure the effected area is completely covered in salt, letting it soak for 5-10 minutes. As the salt dries, it will immediately absorb the burgundy mishap.
3) Remove grease stains using baby powder
Blot grease stain to remove excess oil, then apply baby powder liberally, allowing the powder to sit for at least 10 minutes. The molecules of the baby powder are very fine, actively filling gaps between the fibers of clothes and absorbing grease.
4) Scrape away large stains
Using a spoon or dinner knife, scrape the heavyset substance of the stain outwards. Try to remove as much excess sauce as possible, so that it doesn’t bond with fabric. Then, proceed to use any of the following stain removal techniques.
5) Use lemon juice to whiten and brighten
This all-natural stain removal technique is economical and effective. Lemons act like a natural bleaching agent, so they work especially well on white clothing. Squeeze lemon juice over a stained white garment and let dry to brighten and whiten clothing.
6) Use rubbing alcohol to remove ink stains
Use a clean cloth and dip it into rubbing alcohol, blotting the stain away. Within just a few minutes, the ink will begin to dissolve and lift from fabric. Rubbing alcohol is quite accessible, commonly found in first aid kits at offices, restaurants, and other public areas.
7) Remove wine stains with club soda
First, use a clean cloth to blot and absorb excess liquid, then splash club soda over the stain. Apply the salt treatment, shared above, to maximize results.
8) Tackle sweat stains with white vinegar
Simply apply vinegar directly onto stain, and gently blot.
9) Treat blood stains with cold water
Pour cold water immediately over the stain to avoid setting and permanent discoloration. Remember to use cold water, not hot water, as the heat can cause blood to seep deeper into fabric.
10) Apply shaving cream to stubborn stains
Apply a dab of shaving cream to the affected area, and let it the foam sit for a few minutes. The foamy nature of the shaving cream can lift stains from coarse fabrics and threads.