How to Get Rid of the Four Most Common Stains | Domestic Cleaning Tips

Have you ever gotten a stain on your clothing and before you knew it, the stain seemed to have spread and you just could not get it out with regular laundry detergent?Sadly, you had thoughts of possibly throwing the piece of clothing away or wearing it somehow, that is if you could just cover up that dreadful stain.

This article focuses on getting rid of the 4 most common stains by providing you with specific easy to follow instructions of what to do for each of these stains. Each tip is explained in a few simple steps using a few simple products, mostly found in the average home today. And certainly, if not at your home, then at the local grocery store.

So if you have been wondering just how to get that particular stain out of your new shirt or tie, pants or dress, etc., then follow the tips below.

How to Remove Red Wine Stains

Did it ever happen to you? You are sitting down at a nice family dinner with some neighbours, and suddenly, a glass of red wine splatters on your friend’s white shirt. He gets really upset because it is his favourite shirt.

How do you help him? You can minimize the long-term damage by acting quickly to get the stain out and make the shirt look as good as new. This certainly would make your friend happy. Let me share two ways to remove a red wine stain, often seen as the worst kind of stain, out of your clothing.

Option #1:

  1. Apply white wine immediately
  2. Wash with water
  3. Wash as normal, afterwards

Option #2:

  1. Put a handful of salt onto the stain in order to absorb the stain’s colour
  2. Wait until the salt turns to some shade of pink
  3. Immerse in cold water
  4. Add a biological detergent
  5. Soak overnight
  6. Wash as normal

Either of these ways should help you get that stains out of your friend’s shirt. I’m sure he is happy now. But, you better careful when you drink to that!

How to Remove Chewing Gum Stains

Chewing gum is another pesky nuisance and a real pain when it sticks to clothes. Let’s pretend you sat down on some gum and now it is on your pants or skirt. What should you do?

  1. Put some ice cubes in a plastic bag
  2. Put the plastic bag on the gum so it freezes and then hardens
  3. Pick up the hardened gum from the clothing and there will be no stain

Will you remember this little trick? Of course, you will!

How to Remove Blood Stains

A friend of mine persistently asks how to remove blood stains from fabrics. I hope this article helps her. Blood is one of the stains that should be treated as soon as possible because it is much harder to remove once it has dried. One way is to use vinegar. You need to apply the vinegar directly to the stain and then blot. One the stain is removed, repeat blotting with a damp cloth in order to remove the smell, and then wash as usual. Another method is to:

  1. Mix two parts of water with one part baking soda
  2. Blot the stain until it comes out
  3. Blot the stain again using a damp sponge soaked with baking soda and cold water
  4. Wash as usual

Every person bleeds at some point in their life. Many times when bleeding occurs, blood gets on clothing and can cause stains. Some people think that a bloodstain is the end of a particular item or clothing, but this is not necessarily the case. These same methods of using vinegar and blotting or using baking soda and also blotting can be applied when cleaning blankets, sheets and other bedding that may have blood stains.

How to Remove Nail Varnish Stains

You may think that this is only a problem for females, but it is not. At one point or another, anyone might find some nail varnish on a shirt and start wondering how it got there. It may be a long story, but that matters now is how to remove it. If this should happen to you, then it is no problem if you remember this tip. Some people have also recommended the use of a non-oily nail varnish remover.

  1. Apply the varnish remover gently to the underside of the fabric, instead of using it directly on the stain
  2. Wash normally once the nail varnish remover is applied

You should be careful because nail polish remover may not be suitable for all fabrics. How do tell if it is okay to use on specific fabric? Test in by dabbing a tiny bit on the garment’s hem first before continuing with this method.