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The Amazing Stain Removal Power of Vinegar

By December 30, 2018Garment Care, Tips & Tricks

Whether your holidays are spent amongst kids getting knee scrapes; at festivals frolicking in the grass; cooking in the kitchen; or getting stuck into new activities and sports; this fun has every chance of leaving its mark on your clothes, bed linen, table cloths and more.

That’s where the amazing stain removal power of vinegar comes in.

Read on to find out how to combat a variety of tricky stain removals with the simple, natural, strength of vinegar…

Tomato Stains

Fully wet through the tomato stain with vinegar. Allow the vinegar to soak in and then wash the item as usual in the washing machine. Before putting the item in the dryer, make sure the stain is out.

Mustard Stains

A mustard stains will require some perseverance. To begin, apply undiluted vinegar to the stain and allow it to soak in.

If this doesn’t shift the stain, treat the spot with laundry detergent too. Work the detergent into the stain and throw the clothing in the wash. Make sure the stain is out before you dry the garment.

If needed, repeat the above process until the stain in fully gone.

Ink Stains

Here’s a unique stain removal trick to banish stubborn ink stains.

Spray the stain with hairspray, then dab vinegar on the hairspray to remove it… and the ink!

Crayon Stains

When crayons leave their mark, rub vinegar into the crayon stain with a brush (such as an old toothbrush) and then toss the garment in the wash. Simple!

Mildew Stains

We all sometimes leave our washing in the machine for too long and by the time we take the washing out we find it has started to smell mildewy or some items are starting to show mildew stains.

If this happens, simply mix equal parts vinegar and water with some salt, and soak the clothing in this solution. This should lift mildew stains from most fabrics.

If some stains still remain after soaking, soak the item again in a solution of undiluted vinegar and salt.

Grass Stains

To lift out grass stains from your clothes, soak the stained item in undiluted vinegar for 30 minutes, then launder as normal.

If there are still signs of the stain after washing, try making a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Use an old toothbrush to coat the stain with this paste and then launder again.

Set-in Stains

Set-in stains need to be saturated with vinegar, then rubbed with a paste made from equal parts vinegar and baking soda.

If the stain persists, you can soak the item overnight in a bucket of water that has had a couple of tablespoons each of vinegar and laundry detergent added to it. Rinse and then wash a normal.

Rust Stains

For rust stain removal soak a cotton ball in vinegar and use it to blot the stain. Follow this by covering the stain with a thin layer of salt and rubbing it into the vinegar and the fabric.

Lay your garment outside to dry in direct sunlight until the stain has faded, then wash in your machine as usual.

Coffee & Tea Stains

Coffee and tea stains, just how so you remove these pesky spills? Simply soak the stained fabric in a solution of 1/3 cup vinegar mixed with 2/3 cup water.

Hang the garment outside in the sun to dry, and then clean as usual in your washing machine.

Sweat Stains

To remove sweat stains, pour vinegar over the discoloured area on your garment, then rub coarse salt into it. Table salt will work fine. Then place your garment out in the sun to dry prior to washing it.

If you find that some sweat stains are still visible after soaking, mix up a solution of undiluted vinegar and salt and soak the item again.

Vomit Stains

First, rinse the garment in cool water to remove as much of the vomit as possible. Next, soak the vomit stain in vinegar and wash the garment.

Repeat the process, if necessary.

Blood Stains

Bloodstains need to be attended to fast. Pour vinegar over the stain and allow it to soak for 15 minutes, then rinse the stain with cool water.

Repeat the process if necessary, and then wash the item in your washing machine immediately.

Iron Scorch Marks

Have you accidentally left the iron on your clothes for too long?

Don’t panic, the damage can be reversed by soaking a cotton ball or rag in vinegar and dabbing at the scorched area, then blot the stain with a clean rag, which should lift the stain.

You may find that it takes more than one application to remove the scorch mark fully.

Still having trouble removing a stubborn stain?

Bring your item in to elaundry and our dedicated stain removal expert will get to work to make it disappear!

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