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How to Fight 5 of the Top Clothing Stains

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How to Fight 5 of the Top Clothing Stains

By Marissa Ross, Intent

I know I should use some positive affirmation here and not write that I am clumsy but the truth of my laundry hamper is, I am clumsy. I have this knack for getting something on virtually every piece of clothing I own. Whether itís something I was trying to make into my mouth or just putting on too much deodorant in a hurry, itís always something. Over the years Iíve learned that there are days you may have left your Tide To Go at home or youíre fresh out of Shout with a puddle of cranberry juice eating away at your brand new tank top. But just because you havenít restocked your supplies doesnít mean you canít be a champion of stain fighting!

Iím sure your mother or the tag of your favorite sweater has already told you all this but just a reminder that when stain fighting:

1. Act as quickly as possible.

2. Always use a test area before applying any stain remover to assure it is safe on the fabric.

3. Do not under any circumstance throw clothes in the dryer until the stain is completely gone otherwise it never will beÖ DUN DUN DUNNN!!!

Here are some of the top perps of stained clothing crimes:

Red Wine: Next time you spill red wine on yourself, throw some white wine on there too! The white wine will neutralize the stain and it will vanish. Then just throw it in laundry! If youíre a strictly Cab girl such as myself and white wineís as sparse as Brussels sprouts in your kitchen (unless Iím still the only one who never got over that childhood hurdle), blot the stain with club soda or use coarse salt to soak it up.

Coffee: For those of us who practically need it to make it through the work day, coffee is bound to get on something. Next time youíve drenched your blouse in latte, combine cold water, powdered laundry detergent and white vinegar in a tiny bowl. Mix until itís a toothpaste consistency then apply to the stain in a circular motion. Rinse with cold water and apply a touch of detergent to the stain before throwing it in the wash.

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6:56PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

thanks ! blood can be gotten out by using peroxide!

7:15PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Handy info!

10:08PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

I do know that an oil stain can be treated by adding some cooking oil to the spot and after having left it for a while, just wash as usual.
I find the most troublesome stains to be curry or tumeric. Perhaps I should write to Dr Oz about that, because he's repeatedly recommending that we use these spices regularly.

5:41PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Good to know.

12:10PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

One that isn't mentioned is blood, that can be removed with soaking the stain in cold water and with salt added to the stained area. After that it can be washed as normal.

9:29AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Nice, thanks!

7:27AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Since we seem to abide by our house rule: 'Stain only the expensive stuff'! These remedies are worth a try, Thank You

11:10AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Great to know!!Thank you.

8:43AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

good to know

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