Save that Shirt! Stain Removal Tips
If you have ever spilled on your favorite shirt, you know the disappointment that ensues when you take the shirt out of the washing machine and a huge stain still remains. However, there are steps you can take to treat a stain before washing to aid the removal and make certain that you will wear your favorite shirt once again!
- Treat stains as soon as possible! The longer a stain sets, the harder the stain will be to remove.
- Don’t immediately run to the bathroom and start scrubbing with a bar of soap; basic soap and rubbing will only drive the stain further into the fabric.
- If you are rinsing a stain, stick to cold water since warm water can also make certain stains permanent.
- Gently blot with a sponge when treating stains since scrubbing or vigorously rubbing could also set the stain.
- Check all garment instructions and tags before you bleach, launder, or treat any article of clothing.
- Keep a Tide-To-Go pen in your purse or car to pretreat any stains that might occur when you are out and about.
Here are a few remedies for common stains:
Berries/grape juice: Mix liquid detergent and 5% diluted ammonia and apply to the stain.
Blood (dry): Mix liquid detergent and 5% diluted ammonia and apply to the stain.
Butter: Butter is a protein so try using acetone on the stained item. Do not use warm water on these stains, and check the laundered item before throwing it into the dryer; you may need to treat the stain again, and heat from the dryer may set the stain permanently.
Coffee: Mix liquid detergent and white vinegar and apply to the stain.
Grass: Pretreat the stained area with detergent, and then bleach the stain. BE SURE to read garment instructions fully to be sure the item can be bleached.
Ink: Try acetone then detergent on ink stains. If the ink is stubborn, you can also try paint remover.
Wine: Mix liquid detergent and 5% diluted ammonia and apply to the stain.