Simple Solutions For Your Laundry
Sometimes I get really
tired of spending money on certain products to get rid
of stains or even to help make my clothes soft and
It's a never ending battle keeping up with all the "stuff" you have to buy.
Now there are stain pens and cloths, special softeners
and odor removers for your wash, etc, etc.
All of it is just a way to get your money while most of it is NOT
necessary. I can show you many ways to take care of
these "problems" and save your money for
something better! You won't believe some of the things
you are going to learn. Sit back and enjoy!
OK, lets get started and look at some Home Remedies for Stains that will
save you money:
Pour hydrogen peroxide over the stain. It will bubble up like
it does with a cut on your skin, which this is what you
want it to do. Rub it around then rinse with cold water.
Add more peroxide if necessary. This works on colored or
Also, you can sprinkle unseasoned meat tenderizer on the blood stain. This
will digest the protein in the blood, which helps
In addition, you can soak the garment in lukewarm ammonia water, 3 Tbs. per
gallon, then rinse.
For another way, make a paste of cornstarch mixed with cold water. Cover the
spot completely with the cornstarch paste and rub it
gently into the fabric. Put the garment in a sunny
location to dry. Once dry, brush off the remaining
residue. If this doesn't completely remove the stain,
repeat the process.
Ball point pen
Spray the stain with hairspray then blot with a clean
cloth. Nail polish remover will work on some fabrics to
remove ink, but first check to see if it's safe for the
Candle wax or Crayon
Scrape off as much as possible, first. Place a
paper towel or white cloth on either side of the
material around the stain. Iron it on low to medium
setting. The wax should lift off on the towel. Rub a
mixture of liquid detergent and water on any remaining
stain, rinse, then wash as usual.
Rub with ice, then scrape off as much as possible. The
ice hardens the gum. You can also put the garment in the
freezer then scrape. Rub a little prewash or liquid
detergent on area, after gum is removed, then wash as
se a little ammonia or prewash, then rinse well with cold
Soak stain in cold water as soon as possible. Depending on
the fabric you can use a non-chlorine bleach to remove
it in the wash.
If dried try to scrape off as much as possible, first. Soak a
cloth or rag in white vinegar then dab on glue spot to
saturate and loosen.
Presoak in hydrogen peroxide then wash as usual. On acetate or
colored fabrics use 1 part rubbing alcohol to 2 parts
Use baby powder to absorb as much of the grease as possible.
Also, you can place the stain face down on a paper towel
and stroke the backside with dry-cleaning solvent on a
clean white cloth. Dampen with water then rub with
shampoo or bar soap.
Petroleum jelly is great for removing lipstick stains. If
that doesn't work rub a little shortening in with it and
wash as normal.
Lemon juice or white vinegar and salt work wonders together.
Presoak garment in the mixture then place out in the
sun. Wash separately from other clothes.
Apply glycerin to the stain and let soak for 30 minutes.
The larger & darker the stain the longer it will need to
soak. Rub the glycerin in thoroughly then apply a good
laundry spot remover. Wash as usual. Using white vinegar
or hydrogen peroxide is a much easier choice, then wash
For oil-based; sponge with turpentine, blotting with a clean
rag to prevent the paint from spreading. For
water-based; scrape off any excess then wash a normal in
hottest water possible.
With new stains sponge on ammonia; for old stains
sponge on vinegar. Rinse with cool water then wash in
hottest water possible for fabric.
Soak the garment in salt water before washing to remove perspiration stains.
For white clothing pour lemon juice and salt on the stain then
let it sit in the sun for a few hours. If the clothing
is colored pour on the lemon juice then sprinkle cream
of tarter on the area & rinse in hot water.
You may not believe this, but WD-40 will remove a
greasy stain. Place a cloth under the stain then spray
it with the WD-40 & let soak. Pour liquid dishwashing
detergent on the grease (grease removes grease). Work in
thoroughly without rubbing. Wash garment as normal.
Use cold water and rubbing alcohol immediately to sponge
Soiled Shirt Collars
Rub shampoo, made to remove body oils, into the
collar before washing.
Tomato or Tomato sauce
To remove stains from tomatoes or tomato
sauce, spray some WD-40 directly on the spot, wait a
couple of minutes, and wash as usual.
Immediately blot spot with a solution of white vinegar and
water. Then wash.
Pour club soda on the stain right away. For more stubborn
stains, use a paste of dishwashing detergent and water.
Scrub and wash in hottest water possible. Sprinkle salt
on tablecloths to remove stain.
Most all of these solutions have been tried and tested. Always remember to
treat a stain before you wash and dry it in the dryer.
Once your stained garment has been through a dryer it
more than likely set in for good.