There is nothing more frustrating than having a child come home with their brand-new outfit full of stains or having coffee spilled on a blouse at work. While stains can be frustrating, it is possible to remove them without sacrificing the clothing or too much time. The next time a spill disaster occurs, try one of these three tricks to get the stain out.
Boiling Water, Vinegar and Toothpaste
The vibrant colors of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries make look great in a salad, but the same colors on clothing can mean a disastrous stain. Boiling water, vinegar and toothpaste can be used to remove a variety of food stains, including stains from berry spills.
To try this technique, immediately take the soiled garment and stretch it tightly over a bowl. Pour boiling water all over the stain and into the bowl below the fabric. This will remove much of the stain. Next, pour white vinegar in a separate bowl. Place the garment into the vinegar and let it sit for one hour. Ring out the excess vinegar and inspect the clothing; if a stain still remains, apply whitening toothpaste to the area and rub until it has disappeared.
Boiling Water and Lemons
Over time, white clothing can become stained with sweat, dirt and oils. These everyday stains may not show up on colored garments but can ruin a white shirt. To naturally remove stains and brighten whites, boiling water and lemons can be used.
Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil on the stove. Add three sliced lemons to the water as it simmers. Once it comes to a boil, turn off the heat and gently place the clothing into the water. Let sit for an hour and then launder as usual. Spreading them out to dry in the sunlight will whiten any stained areas even further.
Stains that contain proteins, such as blood and vomit, can be extremely difficult to remove. Proteins react to chemicals and bind to one another when exposed to heat, making them hard to remove from clothing using typical methods.
Hydrogen peroxide is effective against protein stains. Remove any excess materials from the stain by blotting with a white cloth or scraping it with a butter knife. Rinse the fabric under cool water and lay it on top of the counter. Pour three percent hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and let it sit for one minute. Rinse the fabric thoroughly and repeat until the stain is completely gone. For protein stains that have dried, mix one teaspoon of the hydrogen peroxide with cream of tartar until a paste has formed. Rub it on gently with a toothbrush, let sit for one minute and rinse.
No matter the stain, experts say that the sooner it is treated, the better chance it has of coming out forever. The next time red punch is spilled, don’t stress about the stain. With these three techniques, clothing will be cleaned and look brand-new once again.