You just bought that lovely white shirt and boy, was it expensive. And then BAM- you spill some wine on it! Isn’t it just the most frustrating thing? When you trip and fall on the road, like the klutz you are, or when someone bumps into you at a bar and you spill your drink or – worst of all – when you’re enjoying your dabba at work and you spill that chicken curry on your pants before a meeting. Here are some DIY hacks you can try to remove pesky stains when you don’t have Tide-safedi-magic to help you out.
1. Mud Stain
Let the mud dry and brush off as much as you can. Utilizing a mild cleanser and some water, rub the fabric to make suds. While washing, if there are any remaining stains, use one part white vinegar and one part water to remove and complete with a wash in a detergent.
2. Red Wine Stain
This might sound slightly ludicrous as DIY hacks go, but what do you do when you have a red wine stain? Neutralize it with white wine! Seriously, no kidding. Dab the stain with napkins to absorb as much wine as possible (blot, don’t rub!). Flush the stain with white wine, blotting dry between applications. Then flush with club soda, followed by white vinegar; repeat as needed.
3. Lipstick Stain
This one’s a really annoying stain, especially if it’s a long-wear dark colour. Of all the DIY hacks, this one will come in use when you stain your man’s shirt, too! (which we’ve all inevitable done, at some point). Dab the stained area with mild liquid dish soap. Put the soap on a paper towel or cloth if you’d like. Once you’ve covered the spot with dish soap, let it sit for 10 minutes. Once you’ve removed the stain, rinse the fabric with water.
4. Oil Stain
While the most ideal is chalk, I realize we’re not all elementary school teachers with boxes of chalk lying around at home. So if you don’t have chalk, sprinkle flour, talcum powde or cornstarch on both sides of the stain and let sit for 30 minutes. Allow the powder or chalk to soak for an hour or two, then wash as usual. Shake off the powder; the stain should be faded or gone. Rub in some dishwashing soap and rinse under hot water; repeat as needed.
5. Sweat Stain
Ewww. It’s bad enough living in this tropical-country-on-steroids kind of weather without a big sweat patch reminding everyone about it. Mix one part vinegar with four parts water. Pour on the sweat stain and soak for one minute. Wash in a regular cycle.
6. Coffee Stain
Use warm water on the stain and then with the help of washing powder or detergent rub the stain. This will remove, all tea and coffee stains. If it doesn’t work, mix some vinegar with the water.
7. Curry Stain
Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. 2. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution. Blot frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears
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