Spills and stains on our clothing, it happens to the best of us. But how do you get out that lipstick stain from your favorite shirt, or the grease stain off your skirt? Here are some laundry tips for removing stains from clothing.
The number one thing to do remove stains is to treat the stain immediately, before it has time to set. Remove the garment and lay it on a flat surface to treat. This will prevent the stain from running down the garment fabric.
Do not rub the stain, blot it instead. Use a clean cotton wash cloth or towel to gently blot the stain and absorb as much of the staining substance as possible. Then apply your choice of stain removers.
If you are out when a spill happens and don’t have any stain remover on hand, spit on the stain. If the spill or stain is organic, like wine, blood or grass, your spit has enzymes in it that will break down the stain and keep it from setting.
If the stain is caused from a greasy food substance, put a little liquid dish washing soap on the stain.
Don’t put a stained garment in the dryer. After treating a stain and washing the garment, check the garment to make sure the stain has been removed before you put the garment in the dryer. The heat of the dryer will permanently set the stain if it has not been removed.
Continue stain removal methods and re-wash the garment until the stain is completely gone before putting the garment in the dryer.