Any household laundry routine is a little better off with some good stain removal techniques.
Whether you have pets, kids, enjoy being outdoors, or are a little clumsy during meals, you’re bound to wrestle with stains from time to time.
We’ll give you simple techniques for 10 tricky laundry stains you may encounter, and we’ll also suggest some all-purpose options we like.
- To clean coffee stains from mugs: Put one tablespoon of baking soda and 2
tablespoons of white vinegar in the mug. Leave solution in the mug to sit for 10 minutes. Scrub the inside of the mug again and rinse with warm water.
- Carpet Stains: Soak the stained part of your carpet with Hydrogen Peroxide. Allow to sit for five minutes. Scrub the stain with a damp cloth until it is removed.
- Red wine stains: Soak red wine stains in white wine, and then cover the stain with a thick baking soda paste. Let it sit a few hours, and then wash as usual.
- Tomato or berry stains: Just rinse the stain and then soak the item in vinegar and water.
- Perspiration stains: Remove perspiration stains on shirts by making a saltwater soak. Pour ¼ to ½ cup salt into washing machine and add enough cold water to cover clothes. Mix, then let soak for 1-2 hours. Wash as usual.
- To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow it to become stale. Gently rub dirt and stains with the edge of the stale bread, and they’ll disappear.
- Ink stains: To remove ink stains, pour a small amount of white vinegar directly on the stain and allow soaking for 10 minutes. Then dab with a few drops of liquid dish detergent on the stain. Rub it in gently and let it rest for a few minutes. Rinse under cool water, gently rubbing while rinsing.
- Oils Stains: Sprinkle a mixture of sea salt and arrowroot powder on the oil stain to absorb the grease. Then scrape off the mixture and scrub the stain with an old toothbrush and some dish soap.
- Spilled coffee or tea? Sponge the stain with lukewarm water before gently blotting with a bit of glycerin.
- Cat urine or dog urine stains: Make a mixture of 1 cup of warm water and two tablespoons clear white vinegar. Simply mix in a bowl or plastic spray bottle, apply to the stain, and rub with a cloth rag or paper towel. It also eliminates the odor.