Be Gone Stubborn Stains
All of us come across those horrible stubborn stains that just won't come out no matter what we do. I have compiled a large list of stains that seem impossible to remove and have been busily looking for ways of effectively removing them. I am listing 10 of those hard to remove stains and suggestions on how you might be able to get rid of them one and for all.
To get rid of those stubborn pet stains on your carpet simply made a mixture out of hydrogen peroxide and Dawn Hydrogen peroxide and Dawn rub them on the stain then blot dry with a towel.
Stains and how to remove them
Spray with hair spray until stain is soaked, let dry, then brush lightly with a solution of white vinegar and water (50/50). Rinse with clear water and launder as usual.
Rub spot with an ice cube until the gum hardens and peel off all the gum you can. Rub again with ice cube then scrape away any leftover bits of gum with a butter knife.
Scrub the stain with a solution of detergent and white vinegar to remove hair dye stains. Then rub with a solution of bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Launder as usual.
4. Red wine spill
To prevent the stain from setting in por salt on the stain asap. Rub salt in then rinse with cold water. Wash as soon as you can.
Sponge full strenght lemon juce and salt on the stain then lay item out in the sun for awhile to dry.
6. Grass stain
Saturate a sponge or washcloth with rubbing alcohol and rub grass stain. Once stain is removed rinse the entire piece in cold water and then launder as usual.
Make a paste of lemon juice and salt and place on stian. Put piece out in the sun until the stain disappears.
8. Ketchup or bbq sauce
Sprinkle stain with talcum powder and press gently into fabric so that it can absorb the grease. Immediately apply a few drops of diswashing liquid to breakdown any leftover oil. Launder as usual.
9. Mildew stains
If the clothing is white or colorfast you can use chlorine bleach. Just wash as usual following directions on bleach bottle. For other clothing try soaking in warm soapy water and borax. If this doesn't work try using a solution of 1/4 tsp oxygen bleach (not chlorine) and 1/4 cup of 3% medicinal hydrogen peroxide. Gently rub sthe stain with a clean cloth and solution until mildew is gone. Launder and dry in the sun.
10. Self tanning lotion
Use an extra strength pretreater to break down the pigments in the self tanning lotion or bronzer stain before they get a chance to set in. Launder as usual.
To remove berry stains, as soon as possible, hold the stain under a running faucet of cold water. Flush from the wrong side of the fabric to force out the stain. Then wash the garment using a heavy-duty detergent and the hottest water recommended on the item's care label.
To remove cosmetic stains pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, paste of powder detergent or laundry additive and water. Or, rub with bar soap and launder.
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© 2009 Susan Hazelton