I have used lemon juice and salt to remove rust stains. This was after many washings. I wet the cloth, put a layer of salt( I used some coarse sea salt that I had, but any should work just fine) and then drizzled lemon juice over the salt. It took a while but the stain was removed. I read each and every one of your hints and remedies and enjoy your site very much! Keep up the good work!
Thanks — Rita
One that I’ve found really works is to soak ballpoint ink stains in milk. It sometimes takes a while and some “topping up” of the milk, but the stain does completely disappear.
To remove red wine stains, use white wine.
— Barbara Spring
Just received your first newsletter and although I don’t recall how I became a subscriber I sure am glad that I am. I just know I am going to enjoy this one. Thank you so much. As for the stain removers I try anything from baking soda pastes, white vinegar, cornstarch pastes, soaking in hydrogen peroxide solutions. It may help depending on the fabric and stains. Of course I recommend testing the material first as some may discolor the fabrics. I would be interested in any that you find as I never use chemicals to clean. My favorite cleaner for the kitchen was found on a web site for the University of Michigan, I believe, when I was looking for bleach alternatives. They found that spray bottles, one with hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent is fine, and one with vinegar, (which I dilute to lesson the aroma) sprayed on surfaces kills bacteria and germs, even E.coli. They say that they may be mixed in one bottle but results were more efficient spraying one and then the other. Don’t know if this is news to you but thought it was worth sharing. The hydrogen peroxide really sparkles up my stainless sink too. Again thanks for the wonderful newsletter and I look forward to future issues.
I removed even old red wine stains from clothing by squeezing lemon juice directly onto the fabric and letting it stay until stain disappeared. Good for fruit stains also.
I have marble top tables. They stain easily. To remove the stains, I rub the area with lemon juice and set the table in the sun. Works like a charm, and the lemon juice doesn’t scar the marble table top.