How to Remove Ink Stains and Other Stains on Clothes
Do you have problem removing stains on clothes? Most of us do.
You can, however, remove stain easily if you take action immediately. The longer you let it be there, the tougher it will be. Remember to treat this offending stain first, before you put your clothes in the washing machine. Blot it gently. Do not rub, as it will only make matter worse especially if you do it with hot water.
Here are lists of possible stains that you may get on your clothes, and how to remove them.
If you get stain from fountain pen ink, soak the affected part of your clothes in milk. Then wash out in the usual way
For ballpoint pen and felt tip ink stains, dissolve stain in neat methylated spirit. Use a clean cotton bud to avoid transferring the ink mark. Follow with a usual wash.
If you get stain from marking pen or Indian ink, try WD-40. Spray WD-40 to the stain. Then wrap it with plastic food wrap and leave it for five minutes. Add a few drop of liquid detergent to a bowl of warm water. Then sponge the stain with this mixture.
Remove Blood Stains
If you get a small spot of blood, it is easy to remove if you do it immediately. Make a tiny ball with cotton thread, chew on it and then 'sponge' the spot of blood. The saliva in the cotton thread will dissolve the blood.
If the stain is much bigger, soak the spot in cold salted water. Keep rinsing in fresh salted water until the water is clear. Then, wash as usual.
For old and stubborn blood stains, soak the clothes overnight in a solution of biological washing powder then, wash as usual.
Please do not use hot water.
Remove Coffee, Tea or Cocoa Stain
You can remove light, fresh coffee or tea stains by soaking in detergent. To rid a stubborn stain, sponge it with a solution of warm water and one tablespoon of borax, or two tablespoon of household ammonia to every pint of water.
Remove Curry Stain
Curry stain and especially curry oil stain, should be remove immediately. Sprinkle talcum powder over the stain to soak up some of the oil.
Shake off the powder and then soak in a solution of water and borax.
Remove Jam Stain
If your kids love to have jam all over their clothes, do not worry. Just soak the clothes in a warm borax solution (1 pint water to 1 oz borax). Then, wash as usual.
Remove Fruit Stain, Tomato Sauce Stain, Spaghetti Sauce Stain,
Take immediate action for fruit stain including beetroot; tomato sauce and spaghetti sauce stains. For strong materials like washable linen and cotton, put the affected material in a basin and pour boiling water directly onto the stain from height.
For delicate fabrics, first wash in cold water. Then, rub glycerin into stain and leave for an hour or so to 'float' the stain off the affected area. Then, wash out with detergent and warm water
Treat non-washable materials carefully in order not to spread the stain. Leave glycerin for several hours then, sponge with liquid detergent and water.
Remove Grass Stain
If you get grass stains from working in the garden, or your kids from playing in the field, you know how tough it is to remove them.
Next time you have this problem, try this method.
Sponge cotton with neat methylated spirit. For nylon and rayon, use a solution of half water and half methylated spirit.
An alternative would be to rub in glycerin, leaving it on for an hour. Complete all treatments by washing as usual.
Remove Stain before Washing
Remove stains before washing. Stains set with hot water are difficult, if not impossible to remove.
If stain remains, then you have to wash again. If it is not removed, the dryer heat can set some of the stains to be permanent part of your clothes' design!
Remove Lipstick Stain
You have problem and do not know how to remove the telltale lipstick stain? Do not worry.
Scrape off as much as you can with a knife, then rubs in Vaseline or glycerin to loosen the stain.
Then, wash in the usual way.
Remove Perspiration Stain
If you have perspiration stain, do not take too long before removing these stains as perspiration can damage the fabric.
You can treat perspiration stains in three ways:
- Soak affected part of your clothes in one part of ammonia to three parts water
- Sponge the stain with white vinegar
- Soak the affected clothe in a solution of detergent
Then, wash as usual.
Remove Urine Stain
Sponge or wash the clothes in warm water. Sponge any remaining stains with a solution of vinegar and water (1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 pint water)
Remove Nail Polish Stain
If you have nail polish stain, the nail polish remover works safely and quite effectively on all fabrics except rayon and tricel. Try it.
Other Common Stains
Stain from Water-based Paint
As paint is difficult to remove once it is dried, take action immediately. Rinse clothe in warm water when paint is still wet. Then, wash as usual.
Stain from Oil-based paint
Treat the paint with the same thinner as recommended in the can label, or you can use turpentine, if this recommended thinner is not available. Then, rinse. Next, pretreat it with your washing detergent, rinse, then, wash as usual.
Deodorants or Antiperspirants stains
Pre-treat it with your favorite liquid laundry detergent. Allow it to stand for about 10 minutes before washing as usual.
Now that You Know
Now that you know how to handle and remove stains from your clothes, laundering should no longer be a tedious chore.
You can still look good without having to buy new clothes!