SLOBBERY, CLUMSINESS, TWO LEFT FEET…call it what you want but spills happen. Stains happen. And usually on your whitest of whites. But fret not. Livingmsia has got you covered, with help from yahoo and Real Simple of course. Here are some of the easiest ways to remove the stubbornnest of blotches. Stains begone!
Drape the stained fabric over an empty bowl, centering the stain within the rim. Using a clean, dry cloth, dab at the stain to absorb excess liquid. Don’t rub, which can set the stain.
Pour cool water on stain
Be sure you cover the entire stain with water.
Cover with salt
Saturate the stain with a generous amount of salt and let sit until the salt begins to absorb the stain (it will start to turn pink). The sooner salt is applied, the easier it will be to lift the stain.
Boil water and pour
Slowly—and carefully—pour boiling water onto the stain from a height of about six to eight inches. Let sit until the stain lifts.
If the stain doesn’t come out after following the steps above, soak the cloth in a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water. Once the stain lightens, launder the item as usual.
Tip: Avoid putting the cloth in the dryer until the stain is completely removed. The heat will cause the stain to set.
And here is Yahoo’s version of removing those stains, 8 of them to be precise….
Blot the stain and then completely soak it in cold water. Mix one tablespoon of dish soap or laundry detergent with one tablespoon of white wine vinegar and two cups of lukewarm water. Soak the stain thoroughly with the solvent and continue to blot. If that doesn’t work, mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and soap and perform the same manoeuvre outlined above.
For a coloured shirt, make a paste by mixing baking soda and warm water. Coat the stain and work the mixture into the shirt. Let it sit for 30 minutes, rinse, and wash the item as you normally would. For white shirts, mix one part detergent with two parts hydrogen peroxide and soak the area. Add a sprinkle of baking soda to scrub out tougher stains. Let it sit for 30, rinse, and wash normally.
Blot the spot, then put dish soap on a damp sponge or towel and gently rub the stain with a circular motion. If there’s still some java left behind, mix one part vinegar and one part warm water, and go at the spot using that same circular cleaning motion.
Put nail polish remover on a cotton ball or paper towel and dab the stain. If that fails, do the same thing, but with non-gel toothpaste. If both of those fail, soak the spot in rubbing alcohol and wash the item normally.
Brush off all excess signs of slobbery and then go at it with good ol’ clear packing tape, which should lift most of the embedded cocoa, then flush the stain from the back with cold water. If that pesky bugger still lingers, soak it in a mixture of water and detergent for 30 minutes, then wash the garment as you normally would.
Rub it with a piece of hanger foam or dryer sheet.
If it’s dried, thoroughly rinse the spot with cold water and then add laundry detergent. Once done, blot the stain and leave it overnight to soak. If the spot is still there, rub the area with a bar of mild soap and then let it soak for 30 minutes in a solution of one part salt and two parts water. Proceed to wash normally.
Apply dish soap to the stain and rub the two sides of the fabric together, then rinse with cold water. If anything remains, blot it with a towel soaked in white vinegar, rinse, and wash the item.