Stain Removal Hints
Hints for Removing Stains
Tips and hints for removing grease, baby formula, grass, and crayon stains. Easy ways to remove stains using products you have at home. Stain removal methods for regular occurring stains.
Learning stain removal methods can help you save money on clothing, carpet, and furniture. If you are able to remove stains from your clothing, you will get more wear out of your clothes and will not have to replace clothing as often. You will be happier with your carpet and furniture too if you learn how to remove stains that may occur from those “accidents” that families seem to have. The key is to learn which stain removal aids remove which stains so that you will be able to attack the stains before they set in the clothes, which can make it more difficult to remove the stain. Most of these stain removal tools are found easily in your home, too!
Greasy Oil and Grease Stains
Grease is one of the most common stains that you will see. From clothing to furniture, grease seems to attack anything that it can and if left untreated the stain can become darker because it will attract dirt. The key to treating grease stains is to treat them as close as possible to when they occur as it will make it easier to treat and more likely that you will be able to remove the stain completely. Here are a few stain removal hints for grease or oil stains.
- Blot the new stain gently with a paper towel to remove as much of the oil or grease from the fabric. Don’t rub as it will make the grease go into the fabric even more.
- Apply talcum or baby powder to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. The powder will help draw the oil or grease out and then you can lightly brush the powder off.
- Now it is time to treat the stain. There are many different treatment options that are used for grease and oil stains.
- Dishwashing liquid is one method to try. Dishwashing liquid removes grease from your dishes and can work on your clothing or furniture as well. Apply undiluted dishwashing liquid to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse well with the hottest water that your fabric can take and see if the stain remains. If it does, then you will want to try another treatment method.
- Rubbing alcohol can help break the grease down. Moisten the stained area with the alcohol and then blot gently with a towel.
- The hand cleaner that people use to remove grease from their hands will also work on clothing and furniture grease or oil stains!
Grass Stain Removal
Grass stains are a common enemy of clothing-especially the knee area of the pants of children! Grass stains are easy to get rid of to make your child’s or your clothes look like new!
- Rubbing alcohol-Moisten the stain with warm water and then put rubbing alcohol on it. Launder as usual.
- Fels Naphtha soap-This soap has been used for centuries for cleaning everything from clothing to bodies. Rub the grass stained area with the Fels Naphtha and then launder as usual.
- White vinegar-Moisten the area with white vinegar and then launder as usual.
- The key to getting rid of grass stains is to not give up. You would be surprised by the stain removal methods that people swear by for grass stains. Some of the more unusual choices for removing grass stains are molasses and light corn syrup. If you keep trying different stain removal methods, you will find the one that you swear by too!
Baby Formula Stains
Those of you who have fed their baby formula know how it can stain clothing. There are many different tips to help you remove the baby formula stains from your clothing and your baby’s clothing.
- Lemon juice-If the item is white, moisten the stained area with lemon juice and then sit it out in the sun. Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent and is a great option for baby’s clothing. Launder as usual.
- Meat tenderizer (unseasoned)-Make a paste using meat tenderizer and water and rub it into the stain. Let it sit for an hour or so and then wash as usual. Meat tenderizer helps break down any protein stain.
How many of you have crayon marks on furniture, furniture, or on your walls? If you have children, then you most likely will experience this rite of passage. Hopefully, you will not have crayons left in pockets or you will have a whole load of wonderfully crayon marked clothing. Most people will just throw up their hands when looking at a crayon stain, but there are ways to remove this difficult stain.
- WD40-Strange choice for a stain remover, isn’t it? WD40 will remove crayon marks from your walls, furniture, and your clothing. If your budding little artist has used your wall for his canvas, then you will want to take a little WD40 and rub on your wall. You will see the crayon marks disappear. For marks on furniture or clothing, lightly spray WD40 on the stain. If it is clothing, then you will want to make a pad of paper towels to keep the WD40 from getting on the clothing under the stained area. Let the WD40 sit for a little while and then turn the fabric over (if it is clothing) and spray the other side. Let it sit for 10 more minutes and then work undiluted dishwashing liquid into the stain to remove the oil and the crayon mark. Wash in the hottest water that your fabric can take with your regular detergent.
- Iron it out! This is a great option for car seats and furniture! Take a paper grocery bag (without the ink) and lay in on the stain. Iron lightly with a warm to medium iron temperature. The paper bag will absorb the crayon marks. You may have to iron the spot several times, so be sure you change out your paper bag.
The key to good stain removal is to treat it as close as possible to when the stain occurs. We hope these stain removal hints have helped you. If you treat the stain as early as possible, then you will have a much better chance of getting rid of the stain and saving your clothing and money!