This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo with tips on cleaning and how to remove stains from clothing.
It’s a lovely relaxing evening, and you’ve just settled down with a box of pizza and Netflix on the telly. Ah, such bliss. You taste the cheesy, tomatoey goodness of the pizza, and it feels as though nothing can get in the way of such a beautiful moment.
Until some of the sauce slops onto your white top, creating an awful stain.
These scenarios are all too common for me, and I’m sure most of you can relate to staining your favorite clothes. It can often feel like you’ve lost them forever as the stain doesn’t leave after a few washes. What can you do? You don’t want to spend money on a new top, but you can’t exactly wear something with a shameful pizza stain on it!
The Best Ways To Completely Remove Stains From Your Clothes
Luckily, it might just transpire that you’re using the wrong stain removal techniques. Don’t just stick them in the wash right away, try one of these tips instead:
Mix Lemon Juice With Cream Of Tartar
The worst stains are the ones that happen just as you’re getting ready to go out. I’m talking about that drop of wine on your top, or a sauce stain once again. Here, a good idea is to make a stain remover yourself using lemon juice and cream of tartar. Something magical happens when these two things combine, making it a natural stain remover. Rub it directly on the stain, wash it out, and be amazed at the results. Perfect if you’re looking for a DIY solution, and don’t want to use a chemical stain remover on your precious clothes.
Take Your Clothes To A Dry Cleaner
Regular spin washing can only do so much when it comes to removing stains. Light stains can be cleaned off in a normal wash, but some might get ingrained into the fabric of your clothing. In which case, dry cleaning is your best bet. Dry cleaning laundry services will help clean your clothes more thoroughly. It pretty much extracts the stains from within the fibers of your clothes, removing them for good. I personally find dry cleaning is very effective when getting rid of stains in cotton clothing.
Soak Up Stains With Baking Powder/Salt
I’m no researcher, but if I studied all the different types of stains, I think I’d find most stains come from spillages. In other words, you – or someone else – spill a liquid of some kind all over you. This happens a lot, especially if you have kids that have a tendency to knock drinks over all the time. Your best course of action here is to soak up the stain immediately using baking powder or salt. Take the stained item off first, sprinkle stuff on it, and let it soak up the stain. Then, stretch out the stained area as tightly as can be, and run hot water through it. This should help you get rid of most liquid stains right away.
By the way, this baking powder (with some vinegar) are an easy way to clean your washing machine too.
If you know how to get rid of stains on clothes, then you’ll end up saving money. This will stop you from buying new clothes every time you get a stain on your clothes.
How to Get Rid of Stains on Clothes
- mixing bowl
- 1 lemon
- cream of tartar
- baking powder
Lemon Juice And Cream Of Tartar
- Make a stain remover yourself using lemon juice and cream of tartar.
- Dry cleaning laundry services will help clean your clothes more thoroughly.
Baking Powder and Salt
- Your best course of action here is to soak up the stain immediately using baking powder or salt.
For more cleaning ideas, hacks, and guides check out Green Cleaning.
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First posted: Feb 27, 2018 @ 13:55
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
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