Tuesday’s Tip: Getting Tough Stains Out of Clothing

If you have kids or are just prone to spilling things like I am you have dealt with tough stains on your clothing. The good news is that
For all Clothes

The most important thing to remember about stains is that the earlier that you catch it the better. There are some great products such as shout wipes that you can carry in your purse to blot stains with as soon as they happen. If you do not happen to have a Tide pen or Shout wipe on you, take an ice cube from your drink and wet the spot.
When you wash a clothing item that has a stain make sure that you check the wet laundry to make sure that the stain is gone before throwing it in the dryer. Throwing it in the dryer will set the stain and often make it permanent. If the stain is still visible after washing, pretreat it and wash it again.

Dairy Stains

Ah, the dreaded dripping ice cream cone. If you are dealing with any type of dairy stain soak the item in agitated cold water if it is fresh. If the stain has dried use a brush to get all of the crusted matter off. Soak for several hours in cold water with a detergent. Wash the item in warm water.

Fruit Stains

If your clothing has been stained with fruit juice of any kind you will want to wash the item in the hottest water possible. Do not use soap as this could make the stain become permanent. Tough juice stains can be soaked in an quart of warm water with an enzyme presoak product.

Grass and Mud Stains

If you have boys like I do, these are the stains that you are going to be dealing with the most often. For grass stains you will want to soak the item in cool water with a pretreatment solution. Do not use hot water as it will make the stain harder to remove.

If your kids come in all muddy, let the mud dry and flake off as much as you can. You will then soak the item in a quart of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of liquid dish soap and a tablespoon of white vinegar for fifteen minutes. Rinse the item with water and let it stand for a few minutes. If the stain remains sponge it with rubbing alcohol.

Red Stains

The dreaded ketchup or tomato sauce stains can be dealt with by mixing a half of a teaspoon of liquid dish soap and a tablespoon of vinegar in a quart of cool water. Soak the clothing for 30 minutes. If the stain remains you can use a pretreatment stain remover product or liquid laundry detergent rubbed into the stain. Wash the item in warm water and let air dry. If the stain is still there you will want to soak the clothing in an enzyme product for an hour or more.

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