By Steve Graham, Hometalk
Summer can get messy. The season is full of sloppy foods, fun and games. Thankfully, the Internet (and, probably, your grandma) is full of advice on cleaning up all those stains. We compiled nine of the most popular summer stain cleaners from reliable sources, including Good Housekeeping magazine and the cleaning expert Mrs. Meyer. Then we put them to the test, and found very mixed results.
1. Cleaning Grass Stains
Verdict: Success. I read that I could “Shout out” the grass stains on my jeans, with 15 minutes of treatment with Shout or other pre-wash cleaning treatment, as suggested by Real Simple magazine.† This was supposed to mow down the stain, and it may have worked on a fresher stain. However, we had to go three rounds with the long-stained left knee of some faded work jeans. The second step was to use a mix of two parts water and one part white vinegar, then rinse with cold water. Step three was a laundry wash in the hot cycle. After all that, there was just barely a trace of grass on my jeans.
As another option for grass stains, Good Housekeeping recommends putting enzyme-based laundry detergent into the stain and let it sit for five minutes. Then launder with bleach and hot water, as recommended on the clothing label.
2. Cleaning Mud Stains
Verdict: Significant improvement. Some of the biggest summer stains are among the easiest to remove. I scrubbed mud-stained pants in cold water, then washed on the hot cycle, as recommended by Good Housekeeping. The result was pants that looked far less muddy, though Iím not sure they are clean enough for dinner with the in-laws. If this method doesnít work, the stain may be caused by iron-heavy clay soils and should be treated like iron rust stains. Good Housekeeping recommends using a commercial rust remover for deep cleaning. These are harsh cleaners with toxic ingredients, so read and follow label directions carefully.
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