Don’t you hate when you wear your favorite top that you've had forever and look absolutely amazing in and you're at a dinner party and out of shear bad luck you spill red wine on it? Or you’re in a hurry to get somewhere and forgot that you put deodorant on already and slip on that black top really fast and get deodorant all over it? Join the club! We all do it! Sometimes life has a funny way of playing a cruel joke on us in these situations and all we could think of is how badly it's ruined or how it can't be fixed. Not true ladies. There are many ways to get rid of stains and marks of your clothing that won't cost you an arm and a leg and you probably already have lying somewhere around your house. Most stains can be remedied with things like lemon juice, salt, vinegar and baking soda are all things in your kitchen. All you need to know is what everyday products work best for what and you'll be ready to face any fashion disaster head on!
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Red wine stains
Soak red wine stains in white wine, then cover the stain with a thick baking soda paste. Let it sit a few hours, then wash as usual. Or you can sprinkle red wine stain with salt and let it soak up the stain then wash as usual.
Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on dry-cleaning hangers against the fabric. Pantyhose, trouser socks and dryer sheets all work just as well too.
If you get an oil stain on your favorite leather item, coat the mark heavily (don’t be afraid to pile it on!) with baby powder or cornstarch and let it stand overnight. By morning, the stain should be gone. If a little bit still remains, repeat the process until the stain is completely gone. To remove watermarks from leather boots, add a few drops of vinegar to a bowl of cool water and scrub the stains with a soft bristle brush until stains are no longer visible. Let dry overnight. For mild leather stains you can also mix warm water with a few drops of mild liquid detergent then wipe the water spots with gently with a sponge. Mayonnaise also work wonders to get rid of water spots by applying it direct to the spot and letting it sit for several hours. Then rub the mayo in with a soft cloth in a circular motion until the spot is gone.
Mild detergents are great for just about every stain
Dawn, Ajax and Palmolive are great dish detergents that are especially successful at removing grease and oil stains from clothing. If you don’t have Dawn you can always try covering up the fresh stain with salt and letting it absorb. If the stain is still visible, dab it with a cloth dipped in straight vinegar. This works great for greasy and gravy stains.
Use shaving cream and a washcloth to remove liquid makeup from shirt collars. For other parts of clothing make sure you know what fabric you're working with. If it's color fast you can use 2% hydrogen peroxide and work it into the stain with a toothbrush. Wash as normal but don't try unless the stain is completely gone. To remove mascara or eyeliner from clothes use Dawn or Ajax liquid detergent. Jut make sure it doesn’t have bleach. Mix with a drop or two of water and then apply with your finger. Then slowly work in with a toothbrush and wash.
Candle wax stains
If you get wax on a piece of clothing, layer wax paper over the hardened wax and then run an iron over it to loosen it up. Once you pull off the paper, the wax should come right out with it. handle with cold, then heat. First, place an ice cube on the wax. When the wax is hardened, remove it with a dull knife. Next, get rid of any remaining wax by putting a piece of thick paper (such as a paper bag) flat over the stain. Then press the area with a warm iron; the wax will melt into the paper.
To get rid of mildew stains make a thin paste of lemon juice and salt then spread over the stain and lay out in the sun to bleach it then rinse and dry. Another method is to make a paste out of salt, vinegar, and water unless it's a really tough stain and then just use vinegar. To get rid of the mildewy smell from clothes just soak in lemon juice and water and let dry.
Unsightly rust stains from clothes are actually not that hard to remove. Try using cream of tartar. Cover the area with cream of tartar. And then tie the area around the fabric to make a pouch of sorts. Soak for 10 minutes in super hot water, untie and wash as normal. Make sure the stain is completely gone before drying. You can also apply lime juice to the area and rub in with a toothbrush before wash as usual.
Stains on suede
To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow it to become stale. Gently rub dirt and stains with the edge of the stale bread, and they’ll disappear. To de-scuff suede or remove small dried stains, use a pencil eraser or nail file. If your suede is stained use a little vinegar on a cloth then rub off which is also good to remove food stains on suede. Oil stains on suede can be removed using cornstarch or baby powder by leaving on it overnight and then sprinkling it off. Blood can be removed on suede using a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide to slowly lift the stain.
Use hairspray, alcohol (rubbing!) or witch hazel to remove a lipstick stain. Blot with a paper towel then apply. Make sure your fabric is colorfast though! Use a toothbrush to work the solution in and then wash as normal but don't dry until you're sure the stain is completely out.
Spritzed some perfume onto your silk dress by accident? Apply a few drops of denatured alcohol on a cheesecloth pad and sponge the area from the outside in. For clothes that already have perfume stains, lubricate the stain with a solution made of equal parts glycerin and water let it soak for an hour and then wash as normal. You can also soak the stain in baking soda and water for 15 minutes before washing.
Remove grass stains from white clothing by soaking the stained item in full strength vinegar for a half hour or more before washing, then wash as usual.
Windex restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without doing any damage. Also you can use petroleum jelly by firmly applying it in circular motions and then let it sit for a couple of hours. Then use a clean rag to buff and remove.
Self tanning dilemmas
Use a lemon wedge to remove excess or streaky self-tanner on your body. For getting rid of orange hands use baking soda, whitening toothpaste or facial cream with a clean cloth and rub it in then rinse for removal. To remove self tanner from all over the body soak in a bathtub filled with baking soda and water and use a clean cloth to gently scrub your body.
Coffee, tea and juice stains
Spilled coffee or tea? Sponge the stain with lukewarm water before gently blotting with a bit of glycerin. Or you can soak it in a solution of 1 unit vinegar to 2 units water and then hang the item to dry in the sun. If you happen to be drinking colored juice try soaking them in a solution of 1 unit vinegar and 2 units water. Just make sure the fabric is color safe.
Spray shirts prone to sweat stains with lemon juice before washing. The natural acid dissolves alkaline sweat reside that could cause yellow discoloration. Meat tenderizer can also be used by wetting the area with water and sprinkling the tenderizer on. Leave for 30 minutes then wash. Another method that you can try is mixing one part Dawn or Ajax with two parts hydrogen peroxide and scrub into the area. Let sit for an hour and then wash as normal.
If you’ve dripped chocolate onto a silk garment, scrape off as much as possible with a blunt edge like the back of a spoon, then gently brush the stain with warm, soapy water. To remove any remaining brown stains, sponge it with a solution of equal parts denatured (isopropanol) alcohol and household ammonia, then rinse it with warm water. For other clothes dish detergent can be effective to remove chocolate stains as well as saturating the area with heavy cream and letting it soak in before washing.
Fresh blood stains are best removed by soaking the garment in cold water with a sprinkle of ammonia for 20 minutes. If the stain has already set, dampen it with warm water, then apply some unseasoned (this is important) meat tenderizer, making a paste over the stain. Cover with a paper towel and make sure it stays moist. The next day, rinse off the paste with water mixed with a little bit of ammonia and wash normally. Bloodstains on cotton, linen, or other natural fiber fabrics should be soaked in cold salt water for one hour, then washed using warm water and your usual laundry soap. If you have a fresh bloodstain, cover it with salt and blot it with cold water. Add fresh water and blot until the stain is gone.
To remove ink stains on cotton, gently use rubbing alcohol, then wash. If it’s on polyester, spray liberally with hair spray and pat with a clean, dry cloth, before throwing the item into the machine. Also ink stains can be removed by sprinkling the stain with salt and then soaking the entire garment in milk then wash normally and if you can't get to it immediately soak in club soda until you can.