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Get rid of stains on clothes

With cheap, natural products

7 january 2012 | yours.ie

If you are looking for a way to save on your laundry costs, why not try looking in your kitchen cupboards? Natural products such as lemon, baking soda, salt and vinegar are great for removing stains that your laundry detergent leaves behind.

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The key to good stain removal is to treat the stain as soon as possible. If you do this you have a better chance of getting rid of it, saving your clothing and money too. Remember, always dab stains and do not rub. Rubbing will drive the stain into the fabric. Using natural household products for stain removal is a great way to cut down on your laundry expenses and get longer wear out of your clothes.

Remove oil and grease using baking soda

If you have an item of clothing that has been stained by oil or grease all you have to do is sprinkle some baking soda on the stain. Next, place the piece of clothing stain side down on an old towel or cloth on your ironing board. Iron with a hot iron on the wrong side of the stain. The oil and grease stain will be removed.

For stains that have been there for a while, use a baking soda paste and place it on the stain. Wash as normal.

Removing wine stains

If you spill wine onto your clothes the first thing you should do is grab some salt. Apply the salt liberally onto the stained area. This will absorb most of the wine before it gets a chance to stain. Wash as normal and your clothes should be perfect. For red wine stains pour white vinegar directly onto the stain. Let it soak for a few minutes and then wash as normal.

Remove rust using lemon

If you get rust on your clothes, rather than spending over the odds on a special stain removal product, take a lemon out of your fridge. Rust stains can be removed by soaking the fabric in a solution that is 1 part lemon juice and 1 part water for at least 30 minutes. Once removed wash your clothes as normal to remove the lemon smell.

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Removing Tar From Clothes

Tar is something that is actually very easy to remove from your clothes. One thing you do have to remember though is not to expose it to heat. Freezing is the best method of removing tar from clothes. Lay your piece of clothing on a flat surface and place a bag of ice cubes onto the stain. The tar will freeze and when it is hard it will simply peel off.

Removing Coffee And Tea Stains

To remove fresh tea or coffee stains, immediately pour boiling water over the stain until it disappears. You can try lemon also.

Removing Grass Stains

If you have children you know what a nightmare grass stains are. The good news is that they are easier than you might think to remove. Try covering the stain with white vinegar and then wash as normal.

coloured crayonRemoving Crayon Stains

If you have budding little artists at home you may find that their clothes end up with crayon stains. The good news is that you can iron the stain out. Take a paper bag and place it on the stain. Iron lightly with a warm to medium iron and the paper bag will absorb the crayon marks. This same tip can be used to remove candle wax stains too.

Remove Anti-perspirant Stains

Anti-perspirant can stain your clothes. For these stains you’ll need to mix some baking soda and vinegar and place it on the stain. Wash as usual in the hottest water the fabric can take.

Removing Lipstick

Hairspray has some great uses and one of them is lipstick removal. Spray it on the lipstick stain and leave for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then just use a clean cloth moistened with warm water to wipe the stain away.