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laundry stain removal guide

It's Murphy's Law: If something can spill, drip, ooze, or run, it will do so - all over your lucky shirt or favorite jeans.

First, be patient. Zapping a drip, drop or splat without zapping the fabric itself requires a gentle touch, and the patience to repeat treatment until the blight is lifted.

For most fabrics, to fully remove stains, this means blotting up the excess or rinsing the stain with cold water.

Don't rub - that spreads the stain and grinds it deeper into the fabric. Unfortunately, we're not always near a washing machine when disaster strikes.

Not to worry: Some remedies can work on even set-in spots and stains. This laundry stain removal guide can help.

Laundry stain removal Tips for  Chewing Gum

Laundry stain removal tips for chewing gum: Rub the gummy spot with ice to harden it. 

Scrape away as much of the gum as possible with a dull knife. 

Saturate what remains with a pre-wash stain remover or your favorite laundry detergent (undiluted). Rinse, and wash as usual. 

Blood Stains

Rinse or pre-soak a garment with blood stains in cold water, then wash in cold water with your usual detergent.

Warm or hot water will set the stains. Don't use chlorine bleach - it can make the stain even worse, cold water or not.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains

Chocolate: to remove stains, treat the spot with an enzyme laundry detergent mix (add one teaspoon of laundry detergent that contains enzymes to one cup of water.) Allow to sit for 30 minutes,

If a ring or slight stain remains, feather the edges or spotty areas with hydrogen peroxide.

Rinse thoroughly with clean, cool water.

How to Remove Coffee Stains

Sponge a coffee stain with, or soak in, cold water. Apply a pre-treating product on the stain. Wash as usual and air dry; repeat if stain remains.

How to Remove Stains From Cosmetics

Pre-treat cosmetics stains with a pre-wash stain remover or a liquid detergent. Wash the garment in the water temperature recommended for the fabric.

How to Remove Crayon Stains

Place the garment on paper towels, crayoned side up. Spray the crayon-smudged or melted-on area with WD-40. Let stand 10 minutes.

Turn the garment over and spray the underside as well. Allow to sit another 10 minutes.

Using paper towels, blot on some hand dishwashing liquid mix (Add one teaspoon of commercial dishwashing liquid to one cup of water); replacing the paper towels as they absorb the waxy colors.

If crayons melted in your dryer drum, too, spray a soft cloth with WD-40. Wipe clean.

Grass Stain Removal Tips

laundry stain removal tipsSoak or pre-wash grass stains in the washer, sink or a bucket with laundry detergent.

Soak or pre-wash the grass-stained garment in your washer, or a sink or bucket, along with a detergent containing enzymes.

Launder as usual with chlorine bleach if it's safe for the fabric.If not, use oxygen bleach instead.

Apply an ammonia solution (Mix one part of ammonia to eight parts water) to remove any lingering grass stain.

Removing Mildew Stains

Douse a mildewed clothing item with chlorine bleach diluted with water. Let soak for 5 to 10 minutes, then launder as recommended. For mildewed leather, brush on an antiseptic mouthwash.

 How to Remove Sweat Stains

Use a pre-wash stain remover; if the stains are old, apply white vinegar undiluted. Rinse, then launder using oxygen bleach in the hottest water that's safe for the fabric.

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