My kids love to play with dirt. I let them because I believe this will help strengthen their immune system. Of course, I wash their hands before they handle food, but that’s not the point here. Their clothes are rarely kept clean for very long. But, what can I do, kids will be kids. They’re messy and clumsy.
Grown ups are no exception. We mess up, too. One time at a children’s birthday party, I somehow got face paint on my new white blouse. Too many times I have spilled ketchup and soy sauce. And don’t get me started on the blood stains that I get every month, yikes!
Stains are an inevitable part of life. Yup, these things happen. Happens to the best of us. But with a few simple tricks, you may be able to save your favorite dress or shirt or pants, and save money, too.
Natural Ways to Remove Stains from Clothes
Mix one part white vinegar to two parts water. Rub the mixture directly to the stain, then wash as you normally would. You can also use vinegar to remove different kinds of stains.
Blot the excess liquid. Apply salt. Apply white wine to neutralize the stain.
Pour a can of cola into the wash with water and detergent as you usually would. Launder as usual. (Also works for blood stains.)
Rub chalk on the stain and let it absorb the oil before laundering as usual.
Wet stained item using a cold damp towel. Sprinkle baking soda over the stain and let it seep. Wash as you normally would.
Put little shaving cream on the stain and let it stay for 10 minutes. Carefully wipe the shaving cream using light colored cloth.
Soak the stained item overnight in milk. Then, wash as you normally would the next day.
Kids like to think of themselves as artists and any surface is their canvass. Sometimes they get their hands on something like, say, a permanent marker. Try these tricks to remove permanent marker on any surface:
clothes – use hand sanitizer
walls – use toothpaste or hairspray
wood – use rubbing alcohol
carpet – use white vinegar
furniture – use milk
white board – use dry erase marker or pencil rubber eraser
ceramic or glass – use 1 part toothpaste with 1 part baking soda
There’s a moral here: No matter what mess you think you’re in, you can always get yourself out of it. Or, something like that.