Coffee stains, chocolate, wine, makeup, paint... all of them can cause problems, especially when we are in a hurry and we do not have the time to deal with them. This article will reveal some handy methods to successfully solve this kind of nuisances.
One general advice: treat the stains as soon as possible. It's much harder to remove old stains so it's worth losing a few minutes rather than discarding your favourite garment.
Coffee or tea stains
On dishes: soak the dishes in a bleach solution. Let the solution act, then rinse thoroughly with water. It is also possible to remove the stains by scrubbing them with salt or baking soda and some water.
On fabrics: use a bit of egg yolk diluted in a few drops of warm water, let it act, then rinse with warm water.
In order to remove ink stains on fabrics (cotton, polyester), press them against a clean paper towel. Transfer as much as possible of the stain onto the towel by rubbing the back of the stain with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. Repeat if necessary. Rinse the back of the stain under full power cold water (remember that we want to push the ink out of the fabric, not push it deeper between the fibers). Press the stain against a clean paper towel and spray the back of the stain with an aerosol hair spray. Repeat if necessary. Wash the garment in the washing machine.
Some grease stains can be removed by scrubbing the place with a dishwashing liquid solution. On wool, fat is gradually absorbed by talcum powder applied on the stain. Afterwards, brush the clothes to get rid of the talcum powder.
You can also try this method on other types of fabrics or you could press the stain against some clean blotting paper and then iron the back of the stain. The grease will be absorbed by the blotting paper. Excess grease can be removed with a "savon de Marseille" soap and by rinsing with hot water.
Clean them quickly by scrubbing the place with a toothbrush and a mixture of two parts water and one part isopropyl alcohol.
Nicotine stains on fingers
Wipe your fingers with a mixture of equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice to remove these unsightly stains.
Scrub the affected place with a sponge soaked in white vinegar and rinse with lukewarm water.
Paint stains can be removed with turpentine but make sure to make a test on a small piece of fabric in order to see if any discoloration occurs. Sprinkle some talcum powder or flour on the stain to absorb the turpentine. After drying, brush the fabric to remove the talcum powder or flour.
Soak the stain on the fabric in lemon juice. Cover the stain with a few millimeters of salt and wait for an hour. The rust will be dissolved by the lemon juice and will be absorbed by the salt. Then simply rinse the fabric with lots of water to get rid of the salt and the rust stain.
Use a mixture of equal parts of water and Borax to dissolve the dried blood stains. For recent blood stains on fabrics or carpets you can use a damp cloth and some hydrogen peroxide. You can also try to scrub the place with a solution made from an aspirin dissolved in water.
If the stain is still wet, apply some salt on the spot. Rinse with cold water and repeat the procedure if necessary. If you are dealing with red wine, you could try one of the following methods:
On white fabric: apply some white wine on the stain and let it act, then rinse thoroughly. You could also apply some boiling milk on the affected spot. Let the milk act for at least two hours, then wash as usually.
On colored fabric: rub the stain with a clean cloth soaked in a mixture of household ammonia and water.
Usually, just dab the garment with a cloth soaked in cold water. If the stain is old, scrape the chocolate then pat dry with a cloth soaked in soapy water. If the stain is stubborn, rub the spot with a cotton cloth soaked in petrol or diluted ammonia or white vinegar. Remember to rinse the treated area afterwards with warm water.
Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee or be responsible for the results obtained by these procedures. Before attempting the stain removal methods, test each procedure on an inconspicuous area of the material or surface to be cleaned. Please be advised that some of these stain removal methods involve hazardous products and are intended only for adult use.