Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Stain Fighting Arsenal
Today I had a red Kool-aid incident. I was dumping a cup half full of Kool-Aid that one of the kids left out. It went right into an ice cream scoop laying in the sink and the Kool-Aid arced up and came right back out of the sink and on to my new light blue blouse. What are the chances?? I changed my blouse and immediately headed to the laundry room. Awesome Orange to the rescue! This was recommended by a local drycleaner, and I get it at the dollar store!
The other item in the picture above is a bleach pen. Sometimes there is a stain on something white, but you really don't want to bleach the whole item. A bleach pen works great for spot treatment (test in an inconspicuous place first!).
Have you ever had a stain from fruit or berries on your clothes? Boil some water, lay your stained item over a colander in the sink, hold the boiling water about a foot above, and pour over the stain. You will be able to watch the stain disappear before your eyes.
If you have an item to wash, but you are afraid the colors might run (red is the most unstable dye color) toss a "Color catcher" sheet in the wash with your load. These sheets can be found near all the other laundry products, and I have had really good luck with them.
Here are some general stain removal rules.
*Work on the stain immediately. Some stains become set with time and much harder to remove.
*If you are working on a stain DO NOT put your stained article in the dryer until you know the stain is gone (don't iron over a stain either). Heat sets some stains and makes them permanent.
*Give your stain removing product some time to work. Soaking and time are the simple answer to many stains.
*If one method doesn't work, rinse and try another method - one of these things will work on almost any stain. Now, go have some fun with your laundry! :D
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