If you’re struggling to remove stubborn stains from your family’s clothes, try these tips from Solet Scheeres’s book 1000+ Hints for the Home:
- Blood – Dab your child’s shirt or pants with a tissue and leave to soak in cold water until the stain has lifted. Then wash.
- Fruit juice – If your little one just messed juice on his shirt, simply wash the stain in cold water. But if it’s an older stain, treat it with citric acid and wash in Omo Auto Liquid.
- Grass – Kids love to play outside and more often than not get their clothes covered in grass stains. Treat his clothes with methylated spirits or rub glycerine on the stains. Leave to stand for a while before washing the clothes in hot soapy water.
- Ice cream – Young children are often messy eaters. To get rid of an ice cream stain, wipe off the ice cream and wash your little one’s clothes in hot water and detergent.
- Wax crayon – Children love to draw on everything, even their clothes. To remove crayon marks from clothes, rinse with methylated spirits.
- Wine – Red wine stains no longer have to be a pain. Simply treat the shirt or pants with milk or white wine – yes you read correctly, white wine! Leave to soak overnight and wash the next day. If the wine stain is fresh, spread the fabric over a pot and pour boiling water onto it from a height of about 75cm.
- Red wine stains on the carpet – Treat the stain with soda water immediately or pour a few spoons of salt onto the stain to absorb the wine.
- Turmeric and curry – All households have yellow-tinged spoons, plates, and tupperware from delicious curries and yellow rice. To get rid of the yellow, soak washable items in warm soapy water for half an hour, then leave to bleach in the sun, keeping the affected area damp with the soapy water. Non-washable items can be sponged down with a 50% solution of white vinegar or lemon juice and water.
- Sweat – Intense gym sessions, and long hours in the garden with the kids are bound to cause sweat stains on your family’s clothes. To treat sweat stains on shirts, drench a cloth in eucalyptus oil and apply to the marks. Or you can rub green household soap onto the stain and leave it overnight before washing normally.
- Glue – To remove glue from natural fibres, dab nail-polish remover on the glue. Leave it to stand for a while and then scrape off with a knife. Even superglue can be removed like this. When removing glue from an artificial fibre, harden the glue using a bag of ice blocks or place the item in the freezer for a while if it’s small enough to fit. You should then be able to scrape off the glue.
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