It's pretty easy to throw in your laundry into the washer and let the machine do all the hard work for you. However, when it comes to stains on clothes, you definitely have to take the matter up with your own hands.
No need to worry, though. As long as you act fast on that makeup smear or food stain, you won't have too much of a hard time to get rid of it. Timing is usually the key to removing stains. If you could attend to the stain before it sets in, that would be better and easier for you.
However, if you can't wash the stain right away, you can do a bit of first aid — wet the spot with an ice cube and gently dab the stain with a white cloth. Make sure to wash your clothing as soon as you get home and check if the stain is really gone before drying the item. Drying clothes that still have stains usually makes a permanent blotch, so you should re-wash the item until the stain is completely gone.
Different types of stains and how to remove them
There are various ways to treating stains, and it typically depends on the type of stain you are dealing with. One technique or product may not work for another, so you should equip yourself with information that'll enable you to get rid of stains properly.
Stains can be classified into three categories.
Dye stains are easy to remove when they're fresh, but they can be stubborn once they have set in. Examples of this type of stain are fruit and fruit juice stains as well as coffee stains.
When dealing with this kind of stain, you need to run the fabric in cold water while the stain is still fresh. Afterwards, wash the item in the hottest setting that's safe for the fabric. For fruit and fruit juice stains, it's not advisable to use laundry detergent since soaps can make the stain permanent.
Protein stains are basically organic in nature, and they usually come in the form of blood, sweat, or vomit. Food stains such as barbecue and tomato sauces also belong to this category.
You can get rid of these stains by using enzyme pre-soak products or detergents. Add a small amount of vinegar and soak your garment for about 30 minutes. If the stain remains, you can soak the item again for an hour or up to overnight. Afterwards, wash the item in warm water.
Combination stains are obviously the combination of other stain types, and these include makeup stains, crayons, and sauces. To remove this type of stain, you must first rinse off any excess dirt with cold water. Then, gently rub the spot with detergent, rinse, and launder.
In using detergents for getting rid of stains, make sure that you are using a product composed of organic or non-toxic ingredients. These are typically gentler on fabrics and safer for your health and the environment.