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Reader-to-Reader: Your 20 Greatest Stain-Removing Tips

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Hello Annie
For stains, perspiration particularly, wet the area and soap up with a good plain laundry soap and then place it on grass in the sun, it must be green grass. Leave in the sun for a number of hours keeping it damp and well soaped all the time. I don’t know why or how this works but the stain just seems to rise to the surface (you can see it happen when it does ) and then rinses off quite readily. Fresh and clean and not a trace of perspiration stain. It will remove ingrained stains from pillow covers and pillow slips and especially those in men’s shirt underarms. The person who told me about it years ago said that it was given to her by an Italian lady. Hope this is helpful.

Dell, Australia

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Hi, Annie
Per your request for suggestions on non-toxic stain removal methods, the two best I’ve found are also the simplest: Long soaking in laundry wash water and long exposure to sunlight. I’m exceptionally lazy and am pleased with how often these work.

Juli Ulvestad

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Hiya! For fruit stains, pouring boiling water on the fabric where the stain is works.

Pouring salt directly on a wine spill to soak up the red wine from a white carpet worked for me once, another time baking soda did not.

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I always use the cheapest shampoo (shampoo with no conditioner or other additives) to remove any type of stains from washables. Since I wash everything except for things that really need a professional press thus everything I own is “washable.”

I wash wool both knitted and woven, all cottons, all silks and any manmade fiber.

When you find a stain put some shampoo on it and work back and forth to get the shampoo right into all fibers. Of course on delicates you work it carefully, with less force. Then I either hand wash, or toss in a machine (most things go into hot water). My son is a chef, so on his white coats, I use a nail brush. The fabric is heavy and can take the brush.

This works on protein stains like blood and milk, oil or grease stains, coffee and tea stains, wine and just about anything. If a stain has been left in a long time, you might have to do it twice or more. The fabrics are not damaged in any way.

Peace Margaret

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Annie,
I use one of the products in my store (The Clean Earth Shop) to remove stains from my clothes. It works wonderfully, is toxin free, and not tested on animals! The full MSDS sheet and label is available on the web site.

I know that you are probably looking for home recipes, but do take a look if you think a commercial product might interest your readers. http://www.veriuni.com/c_enzyme.html?z=4187473

Andrea

http://www.cleanearthshop.com

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11:31PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

To remove blood stains from your home carpet /rugsadd a bit of salt and detergent.This mix it with lukewarm water and apply it on the blood stains.Blood stains will vanish within seconds.

1:23AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

I have tried vanish soap and salt on a woven wool vintage stripe dress. The dry cleaner didn't remove several red marks that I thought were blood. Being vintage, I don't know what they are. Shall I try lemon?

1:22AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

I have tried vanish soap and salt on a woven wool vintage stripe dress. The dry cleaner didn't remove several red marks that I thought were blood. Being vintage, I don't know what they are. Shall I try lemon?

1:22AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

I have tried vanish soap and salt on a woven wool vintage stripe dress. The dry cleaner didn't remove several red marks that I thought were blood. Being vintage, I don't know what they are. Shall I try lemon?

5:07AM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH

11:24PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

Most of us love to start the day with a cup of hot coffee but unfortunately we do not have the time to use a coaster or saucer so that we can avoid putting stain on our lovely table cloths. While there are those who have their coffee at the office and let the Twin Cities janitorial service do the cleaning for them, those who drink coffee at home need to learn the proper way of removing such stains. Thanks for the info!

3:14AM PDT on May 10, 2012

Thanks for the great tips, our customers at our laundromats are always asking for environmental friendly stain removal tips. themainlaundromat.com.au

11:16PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Sharing your knowledge with regards to dry cleaning especially on stain removal is of great help to online readers. It is easy to find a reliable dry cleaning Monroe County service provider and it would be very helpful if one learns a thing or two on effectively removing stains. They will know the various kinds of fabrics and how to properly care for each one. Thanks!

9:44AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Tip number 1 is amazing! I used the method of the cornstarch with the hot steam iron on a pair of my husband's favorite 100% wool, dry-clean only dress pants and it worked first try. The oil stain had been in there for about 1 year and we had given up on getting it out. The pants would have been thrown away except they had gotten hung back up in the closet. I found them while cleaning the closet and decided to give it a try. Yeah! Thank you!

2:14PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

great tips!
ty

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