A-Z Guide to Stain Removal-part 2
Stain removal is an ongoing battle for all mothers! Children attract stains like magnets, whether they are mud stains, ketchup stains, grass stains or egg stains. Fighting stains can get a little tiresome, but it’s an inevitability that comes with the territory of motherhood. Thankfully, there are plenty of natural household products that do a great job, you just have to know what to use, with each type of stain to improve your chances of successful stain removal..
- Make up stain- If you can’t wash the stain right away, try an ‘eraser’, made from a well-kneaded slice of very fresh white bread.
- Mud Stains- Allow mud to dry completely, before brushing off the excess. Then wet mud stain, rub in some natural laundry detergent and allow to soak in water that you’ve cooked potatoes in, before laundering as usual.
- Mustard stain and even curry- Will often lift off, if they are rubbed with a little glycerin before washing in a warm water solution.
- Natural Mother’s natural all-purpose stain remover- Place some borax onto the offending stain and spray with 1 part water to 1 part vinegar. Allow to stand for 15 minutes in sunlight if you can, before laundering as usual.
- Oil painting stain- with a freshly cut chunk of raw potato. Rub carefully across the canvas, trimming clean slices as it they get dirty. If you own a Van Gogh though, save the potatoes for Natural Mother’s Sweet Corn Casserole and have the thing professionally cleaned;-)
- Perspiration stains- should come out of washable fibres soaked for an hour in 1 litre/ one quart of water with 30g/ 1/4 cup of salt.
- Red wine stain- If the stain is wet, stretch over a bowl in the sink and run boiling water over and through it. If the stain is dry, soak in white wine to bleach, then cover remnant of stain in a baking powder paste, keep it moist for a few hours, by spraying with water before laundering as usual.
- Rust stain- to remove rust from clothing, rub a paste made for salt and and lemon juice generously on the spot. dry in the sun for 2-3 hours, rinsing well..OR.. dab lemon juice and slat on the stains, stretching the fabric snugly over the steam form a boiling kettle. The rust will disappear in seconds: rinse well.
- Scorch stain- Will often disappear if you rub the mark with a freshly cut onion, releasing onion juices over it. Then soak in a mild solution of hydrogen peroxide and water several hours before laundering.
- Scorch stain on linens or white cottons- Cover the area with a piece of cloth soaked in 3% hydrogen peroxide, ironing directly over the moistened fabric.
- Sticky tag stain- remove sticky price tags form surfaces that won’t absorb oils by rubbing peanut butter into the remaining adhesive..OR.. by pressing masking tape, sticky side down onto the gunk, several times.
- Spot stain- This all-purpose spot remover is effective for many stains. Combine 2 parts water to 1 part alcohol. Always test on a hidden patch of fabric before using.
- Tea stain- Sprinkle with salt before washing.
- Water ring stains- Remove white water rings from polished woods by wiping with essential oil of peppermint.
- Wine stains- remove from tablecloths or clothing by placing salt liberally over the stain for 30 minutes, then soak in cold water for another 30 minutes before laundering.
Stain removal check-list
- The faster you’re able to work with the offending stain, the higher, your chance of success.
- Prevent stains as much as possible from occurring on precious items by designating messy clothes for messing with!
- Pre-treat the stain and try not to leave it until it has set in.
- If it’s a greasy stain, then cool water is always best for stain removal, so it doesn’t set in and make it more difficult to remove afterwards.
- When using a solution of any kind, always test on a hidden piece of the fabric first , to make sure it won’t harm the material.
- Ensure that you always rinse out the first cleaning solution before trying a different one, as certain chemicals should not be mixed together.
- Read the fabric care instructions on clothing items before attempting serious stain removal. Some fabrics are too delicate for stain removal and should be taken directly to the dry-cleaners.
- Don’t put stained clothing into the dryer-ever!
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Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca’s days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.