Our clothes reflect who we are and how we want to be viewed. Stains on our clothes can make us feel embarrassed and less confident and diminish the positive qualities that we like about ourselves. If you’re like most people, you have some clothes in your closet that are stained. It’s inevitable: sooner or later, every piece of clothing will get stained. Whether it’s from food, drink, dirt, or just regular wear and tear, at some point, you’re going to need to know how to get rid of stains. Luckily, getting stains out of clothes isn’t too difficult – as long as you know what to do. This blog post will outline the best ways to remove various stains from your clothes. So read on for helpful tips on how to keep your clothes looking new!
Red Wine Stains
Red wine can be tasty, but it isn’t delicious on your shirt sleeve. This particular type of stain is tough to remove for two reasons. First off, it sets in very quickly and stains intensely into the fabric. Second, it contains large amounts of dye, making changing its color nearly impossible. To get rid of red wine stains, simply pour a little bit of hydrogen peroxide onto the stained area. Use salt or baking soda to create a paste and rub it into the spot before putting it through the wash with regular detergent. If you have an iron, you can also try using a little bit of acetone-based nail polish remover.
Ink is another permanent type of stain. There are a few different ways to remove ink from fabric, but they all require some sort of rubbing. Be careful not to scratch too hard, as this will only cause the ink to spread and make it more challenging to clear up later. The method uses a little bit of isopropyl alcohol on a cotton ball. Press the cotton ball against the stained area, then use your fingers or a spoon to rub away at the ink until it starts disappearing gently. Try mixing vinegar and olive oil with just enough water to become a paste-like consistency if this doesn’t work. Once you have your mixture ready, apply it directly onto the stain and let it sit for at least half an hour. This method should remove the stain for good, but you can still always use bleach if it doesn’t work.
While this type of stain can easily be removed, you must act quickly while the liquid is still wet. The longer the liquid seeps into your clothes and dries, the more difficult it will be to remove. If you’re able to find a blood-stained piece of clothing before all of it has dried, simply soak up as much of the liquid as possible with a clean white cloth or paper towel. Be sure not to wipe – blot instead! Then use hydrogen peroxide (you should make sure that it’s at least 3 percent). Use a cotton ball or cotton swab and apply the hydrogen peroxide directly to the area. Wait at least fifteen minutes before washing it with cold water and detergent.
Some people sweat so much that sweat stains become a part of their wardrobe. While this is normal to a certain extent, it should be avoided as much as possible. Sweat stains are easy to get out with vinegar. Simply soak the stained area in white vinegar right away, then wash it with cold water and detergent. You can also lay a piece of fabric over the stain and press it down to help extract as much sweat as possible.
Stains on clothes are nothing new. They happen to everyone, and no matter how hard we try, they just don’t seem to go away with ease. It doesn’t matter if the stain is fresh or has already been set in the material; each is just as difficult to remove. Some stains are easier than others, but most can be easily wiped away after being treated immediately with the right type of solvent. A few easy-to-use items that help solve any problem involving dirty clothes are dishwashing liquid, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and vinegar.