One of the great headaches of the people in charge of domestic work is the care of clothes. In particular, the removal of stains, which are common especially in children’s garments, which almost always end with traces of food, soil and grass, among other elements. But how to effectively eliminate them?
Annually, each family home invests a large amount of money in commercial products that promise to efficiently remove stains left on fabrics.
However, not all work as well as they promise, also producing a significant wear on our clothes. This time we will exhibit a list of products, which are almost always at our hand in our pantries and kits, and that can help us remove those annoying stains from our favorite garments.
Here’s a list of ten products you have at home that you never imagined could help you fight stains on your clothes:
Vinegar: at your fingertips, this ingredient used in your kitchen has great disinfectant and stain remover properties, just warm it up a little and combine it with a neutral detergent, mixture with which you can remove stains of red wine or coffee. However, you should be careful that the garment hasn´t also been stained with prosthetic substances, as the acid of the vinegar would help to fix them. Also, a splash of vinegar in the last rinse of your washing machine helps the fabrics maintain their colors. Similarly, cleaning your floor with vinegar disinfects it efficiently.
Cooking salt: also in your pantry, this essential ingredient of our meals has properties that will help you return the color to your garments. Likewise, when a garment is new, it is advisable to add a teaspoon of salt in the washing machine in order to avoid the fabric from shedding, fixing its color.
It is also an unrivalled ally when it comes to removing red wine stains from white clothes. It is also used to remove blood stains. Just dip the garments for an hour in cold salted water, then rinse with cold water before taking to the washing machine.
Oxygenated Water: The essential inhabitant of your first aid kit, oxygenated water is an effective eraser of difficult stains. With it you can remove those annoying yellow spots that over time will take over our fabrics. It is also an efficient blood stain remover.
Also, oxygenated water has great antiseptic properties that can help you maintain the hygiene of your home. An example of this is its use to wash and disinfect our toothbrushes once a week, for which it is enough to immerse the brushes for an hour in oxygenated water.
Acetone: A little aggressive should not be used on synthetic fabrics such as rayon, as it immediately breaks the fabric. However, its properties are ideal to combat stains produced by paint, wax, varnish, grease or bitumen.
Talc: is extremely useful to prevent the fabric from being stained when grease has fallen on it. It is recommended that the fabric immediately receive the stain, it is rubbed with talc, so that the powder collects the fat, when it has become a wet layer it is time to shake with a brush.
Alcohol: From your first aid kit to your washroom, alcohol is an ideal ally to combat stains of lipstick, grass, moss, coffee and tea. However, it does not act alone, but must be combined with talc.
To use it you must dilute it a little with water, in measures of three alcohol by one of water, then put the talc on the stain and spray it with the mixture of alcohol and water on the side and side. As with acetone its use is not recommended for synthetic fabrics such as rayon or acetate.
Ammonia: although this substance requires the utmost care in its handling is an efficient staining of carpets. You can prepare a mixture with half a liter of water, 100 c.c. of ammonia and a neutral detergent cap.
Once prepared you can apply it with a brush on the carpet, taking care not to breathe the mixture directly as well as to make sure the room is ventilated. It is also recommended for bleaching the collars, cuffs and armpits of the shirts, as it is ideal for removing old sweat stains.
Bicarbonate: the panacea of your white tablecloths and curtains, the baking soda is ideal to remove yellow stains from your fabrics, which come out for time and moisture. It is recommended to dissolve three large tablespoons of baking soda in one liter of hot water. Once the mixture is ready, immerse and soak your garment for half an hour, before taking to the washing machine. Likewise, mixed with talcum powder and detergent powder is an indispensable ally to remove grease stains from your carpets.
Lemon: from your fridge to your clothes, with its juice you can remove ink stains as well as annoying yellow stains. However, as with vinegar you should be careful not to spray on stains of protein origin, as the acid can fix the stains. It is an undisputed ally to remove rust stains on fabrics as well as ceramic floor or wall, as well as bathroom.
Soap pill: Although it’s always present in your bathroom, it’s important to also start having it in your washing area. With its neutral properties it is an efficient stain, with which you can fight spots of fat, just rub on the garment, previously moistened and scrub a little.
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August 22, 2019
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