The market is flooded with detergents and bleaching agents that claim phenomenal results when it comes to removal of stains. But did you know that inexpensive kitchen staples like lemon juice and salt can work wonders in doing away with stubborn stains such as ink stains on carpets, fabric and upholstery? So, next time ink stains bother you, resort to the use of this miraculous mixture:
BENEFITS OF USING LEMON JUICE AS INK STAIN REMOVER
- Lemon juice has natural bleaching properties that help remove ink stain effectively.
- Lemon juice, as a stain remover, is natural and eco-friendly. There is absolutely no chemical involved! It is inexpensive too.
- Abrasion caused by mixture of lemon juice and salt help remove stain efficiently. It functions as an exfoliant.
HOW TO REMOVE INK STAIN USING LEMON JUICE AND SALT
- Dab the ink with damp paper towel and try to blot it up as much as possible.
- Slice a lemon and squeeze the juice onto the stains. Saturate the ink stains by applying fresh lemon juice generously.
- Follow up by sprinkling table salt liberally all over the juice.
- Rub the salt with fingers and see the ink stain fade.
- If the stains are deep, you may use an old tooth brush for rubbing it clean.
- Rinse the area with cool water. A piece of clothing can be rinsed in running water, straight under the tap. For upholstery or carpet, rinse with plain water and rag.
- You can wash fabric or any washable items in the washing machine as usual. For non-washable items, use mild soap and rag for cleaning and rinse with plain water.
- If traces of ink remain, repeat the procedure.
- If you are using old toothbrush to rub the ink stains, opt for one with soft bristles so that the fabric isn’t damaged in the process.
- Ink stained clothes should be washed as quickly as possible. Stains are harder to remove if you wait longer.
- Refrain from placing ink-stained pieces of clothing in dryer as the heat might be instrumental in setting the stain further in.