Monday, September 10, 2012

Got Stains?

Last Friday we were swamped with a day full of guests at the salon. So I'm in the break room with 5 minutes to stuff as much of my Chicken Fajita Wrap into my mouth as I can. As I'm doing so, some of the mexi-ranch takes a fast trip down the front of my beautiful white cotton lace blouse that I recently got. Total heart break right? If you've noticed when your getting your hair done us stylists are running around with no time to spare, especially when it comes down to a stain on your blouse...the show must go on. 

So I get home with no idea how to spot treat my top, thank goodness for the internet. I found out a ton of ways to take care of my clothes using house hold things. Here are some of the things I found and used:


  • Sweat Stains: White- soak with hydrogen peroxide which breaks down protein residue in sweat stains. Then spot treat with a mixture of 1/2 water and 1/2 baking soda into a paste which you apply with a tooth brush scrub in and let sit for 30 minutes. Wash. Colors- 2 cups water and 4 TBS white vinegar. Apply directly to stain. Wash.
  • Hair Dye: Blot stain with rubbing alcohol, use a clean white cloth or fingers. Alternatively, use hydrogen peroxide on synthetic fibers. Apply spot removers. Wash.
  • Makeup: Scrub dishwashing liquid into the makeup mark. Any brand works. Let sit for 30 minutes. Wash.
  • Lipstick: Blot with a baby wipe or a washcloth moistened with rubbing alcohol. Wash.
  • Blood: If it's fresh, blot repeatedly with cold water, an ice cube, or club soda; if it's dried, use a 3 percent hydrogen-peroxide solution.Wash.
  • Oil: Cover with talc or baby powder immediately and allow it to sit at least a half hour. Then brush it off, apply a stain remover (such as Spray n' Wash), and wash in the hottest water the fabric can stand.
  • Ink: On cotton- apply rubbing alcohol to the spot, then wash. On polyester- spray liberally with hair spray and pat with a clean, dry cloth. Then wash.
  • Red wine: Douse with salt, dunk in cold water, blot until the stain disappears, and wash as soon as possible. If you're at dinner and unable to strip down, soak the spot with club soda and get home to your washing machine ASAP.
  • Grass: soak in a solution of cool water and a laundry product containing enzymes for at least 30 minutes (and several hours for aged stains). Don't use hot water, as it will coagulate the protein and make the stain more difficult to remove.
  • BBQ & Tomato based: Soak in cool water, 1/2 -teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and 1 tablespoon vinegar for 30 minutes. Rinse. If stain remains, pre-treat area with a pre-wash stains remover, liquid laundry detergent or a paste of powdered detergent and water. Then wash in warm water. Air dry. 

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