Stains on your clothing, furniture and your carpet are the definition of frustrating. Stain removers can harm natural fibres, such as silk, wool and cotton. Many people are allergic or sensitive to their harsh ingredients. They will permeate your home while you are working with the stain, causing toxic indoor air pollution. There are safer alternatives and read on to know them:
Remove Perfume Stain
The yellow stain is mainly due to the acids in the perfume which turns the fabric yellow. Soak the cloth in water and baking soda solution for 10-15 minutes. Baking soda is an easy ingredient to get rid of dark perfume stains on clothes. Wash with detergent after soaking the stained cloth in baking soda.
REMOVE TEA STAIN
Mix a teaspoon of vinegar in one litre of water. Spray it on the stain and let sit for ten minutes. Gently rub at the tea stain before rinsing thoroughly in cold water. Then blot and rinse, before washing as normal. Be sure to air-dry. For carpet stains, allow the vinegar to sit for seven to ten minutes before sponging the carpet with water and blotting.
REMOVE LIPSTICK STAIN
Dab the stained area with mild liquid dish soap. Put the soap on a paper towel or cloth if you’d like. Once you’ve covered the spot with dish soap, let it sit for 10 minutes. Once you’ve removed the stain, rinse the fabric with water.
REMOVE OIL STAIN
Sprinkle flour, talcum powder, cornstarch or artificial sweetener on both sides of the stain and let sit for 30 minutes. You can also rub the stain with white chalk and the chalk will absorb the oil. Allow the powder or chalk to soak for an hour or two, then wash as usual. Shake off the powder; the stain should be faded or gone. Rub in some dishwashing soap and rinse under hot water; repeat as needed.
REMOVE RED WINE STAIN
Dab stain with paper towels to absorb as much wine as possible. (Blot, don’t rub!). Flush the stain with white wine, blotting dry between applications. Then flush with club soda, followed by white vinegar; repeat as needed.
REMOVE CHOCOLATE STAINS
Try to scrape off as much of it as you can with a blunt-edged knife. Soak in warm soapy water and if a brown stain is still visible, dab the stain with a mix of water with dish soap and rinse with warm water.
REMOVE INK STAIN
The most commonly known remedy has to be hairspray! Place a clean cloth underneath the stain so that it doesn’t seep through to any other layers and spray the ink until saturated. Let it soak for several seconds then blot ink stain with another clean cloth. Repeat this process until gone and wash in enzyme detergent. You may also soak item in milk overnight then wash as usual.
REMOVE BLOOD STAIN
Pouring full-strength white vinegar on the spot. Let it soak in for 5-10 minutes, then blot well with a cloth or towel. Repeat if necessary, then wash immediately. You can also soak the garment in cold water with a sprinkle of ammonia for 20 minutes. If the stain has already set, dampen it with warm water, then apply some unseasoned (this is important) meat tenderizer, making a paste over the stain. Cover this with a paper towel and make sure it stays moist. The next day, rinse off the paste with water mixed with a little bit of ammonia and wash normally.
REMOVE SWEAT STAIN
This is perhaps the simplest and the most affordable solution for cleaning sweat stained garments. You just need to mix equal parts of lemon juice and water, and rub it on the affected area to clean the stain. Use baking soda mixed with lemon juice to scrub away the stain. Wash in a regular cycle.
You can lift out the coffee stain from your cotton-blend clothing or tablecloth by patting the spot with a towel moistened with undiluted white vinegar just before placing the item in the wash. For large stains, you may want to soak the garment overnight in a solution of 3 parts vinegar to 1 part cold water before washing.