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Top Tips for Removing Stains from Your Favorite Outfits.

March 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Misc., Weekly Columns

( Stains are a fact of life – particularly if you have kids! It doesn’t matter how careful you are, eventually a favorite outfit will end up with a stain. Food is the usual culprit, but there are plenty of other problems areas to avoid, including grass stains, grease and oil. Luckily, there are some easy ways to remove troublesome stains from garments before having to resort to a trip to your local dry cleaning store.

It is best to deal with a stain as soon as it happens. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to blitz that stain. The problem occurs when you are away from home, because your stain removing options are limited. Imagine the horror of spilling pasta sauce all over your best date outfit when in a restaurant for a romantic meal.

Club Soda Stain Removal Solution

Don’t panic! We have a solution to your woes. Club soda is a handy Man with Ketchup Stain on Shirt Holding Hamburgerall-purpose stain remover, so if you accidentally drop some ketchup or red wine on your best silk skirt, apply a generous helping of club soda and dab out that stain with a clean napkin.

Lemon Juice Natural Stain Remover

At home, your kitchen cupboards are full of effective stain removing ingredients and you just don’t know it. Try mixing some lemon juice and cream of tartar. This can be used to treat food related stains before you place the affected item in the washing machine. By the time the garment comes out at the end of a wash cycle, the stains will have miraculously vanished.

Treating Grass Stains with Toothpaste

Treat grass stains with some white toothpaste. It might sound unlikely, but toothpaste really does remove tough grass stains from clothing. Scrub away the stain with a small amount of toothpaste, some water and a clean toothbrush before throwing the item in the laundry. Just remember not to brush your teeth with the same brush a few hours later or you might end up with green teeth.

Getting Rid of Blood Stains

Blood stains are difficult to remove if left too long. The best way to remove a blood stain is to treat it immediately with some hydrogen peroxide from your first aid kit. Alternatively, if you don’t have any hydrogen peroxide to hand, use cold water and table salt – rub it into the stain and wash as usual.

Lipstick on Your Collar

Lipstick stains on dark fabrics can be removed with a loaf of bread. Thankfully, you don’t need to sacrifice an entire loaf for the sake of a small lipstick stain. A small crust moistened in water and rubbed into the stain should do the trick. The bread soaks up the greasy lipstick and before you know it, the stain has disappeared.

Grease Stains

Grease is one of the hardest stains to remove, but if you drop some fried food down your dress, sprinkle a bit of cornstarch on the affected area to lift the stain right out of the fabric.

If none of the above work, dry cleaning may be your only option.

Staff Writer; George Brown

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