Stain Reaction

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Photo courtesy of Surrender Dorothy

I managed to spill coffee on myself couple of days ago. Not just a weeny bit, but one of those enormous splashy spillages that made me wonder if I’ll ever not smell of coffee for the rest of my life.

I set about Google searching for magical remedies to get rid of the coffee splodge and stumbled across a very handy laundry stain removal guide from A Typical English Home. I love things like this – they make me feel just a bit more in control. (Ha.)  This guide is packed with special tricks of the trade, passed down from wise old washers through the generations… Some of them sound a bit dubious, but I am assured that this is no hocus-pocus  – these remedies work. Yep. Your new best friend will be vinegar, if I have anything to do with it.

So have a peek below and see how you can remove those tricky, pesky stains (think wine, blood, ink, grease etc.. eek!) and let’s all be as happy as the woman in the Rinso Soap poster above.

Ready? Here you go:

BLOOD 
Soak in cold water, mixed with  two tablespoons of salt or ammonia.
CHOCOLATE      
Remove as much of the excess as possible, being careful not to spread the stain. Rinse from the reverse side with cold water. Gently rub in some liquid detergent and leave it to sit for 5 minutes, then soak for 15 minutes in cold water.
COFFEE          
Mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar with two cups of water and apply to the stain with a sponge.
CRAYON
Sprinkle baking soda onto the crayon marks and rub with a cloth.
INK (BALL POINT)
Dab a little non-gel toothpaste over the affected area and rub gently. Wash off with soap. Repeat if necessary.
INK (DRY ERASE MARKER)
Rub stain with dish soap and a damp cloth, before washing with a biological detergent.
GRASS
Pre-treat the stain with white vinegar or dish soap.
GREASE
Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area to soak up excess grease. Rub the stain with liquid dish soap and wash in the hottest water suitable for the garment.
GUM
Apply an ice cube to the area to harden the gum, or put in a freezer. Scrape off as much of the hardened gum as possible then pre-treat the area with a mixture of dish soap and white vinegar.
MUD
Allow the mud to dry completely. Remove as much of the mud as you can then rub dish soap into the area with a damp cloth.
PERSPIRATION
Create a paste with baking soda and water. Apply it to the stain and leave it to sit for an hour.
PROTEIN
Apply a paste of baking soda and water and leave for one hour. Soak garment in cold water then wash as usual.
RED WINE
Sprinkle salt on the area to absorb as much of the stain as possible. Rinse from the reverse side of the stain with boiling water and wash immediately.
RUST
Squeeze lemon juice onto the stain and sprinkle with salt. Allow garment to bleach naturally in the sun.
SAUCES
Apply white vinegar directly onto the stain and wash immediately. Sunlight will also bleach stubborn stains.

Ooo and if you want a handy printable version to frame or stick on the fridge, then whizz over there to her lovely blog and grab the free pretty download.

Hurruh!

 


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