Well-stocked supermarkets offer many different all-purpose stain removers. Colourful packaging often promises instant removal, but ignores environmental impact.
Packed in plastic bottles with lots of chemicals, typical removers do not contribute to a waste-free planet, nor are they gentle on fabrics.
Household remedies are a much better option. Not only are they more effective, but also more economical than chemically-based stain removal products.
Let us show you how to gently remove these common stains!
A classic. The best way to pre-treat a garment is to carefully remove any residue from the surface with a spoon or knife. Afterwards, rinse with cold water.
Make sure that the water is cool or lukewarm at most. Avoid rinsing with hot water, as this could cause the stain to penetrate the fabric even more.
Pro tip: you can use a small dose of eco-friendly washing powder. It acts as a solvent and can improve the result.
You have to be quick!
Treat the garment with cool sparkling water. Carbonic acid helps to more effectively remove the stain from the fibres.
First, sprinkle the mineral water on the stain - or pour it over if the stain is large. Then gently dab at the grease stain to remove the liquid from the garment. Use an absorbent cloth. Be sure not to rub. If you do, the stain will penetrate deeper into the fabric and spread.
If the stain has dried or is more stubborn than expected, sprinkle talcum powder (or potato or corn flour) on it to absorb the grease. The stain should then be carefully rubbed out with a brush.
Alternatively, soak in cool water mixed with a little detergent to remove the grease or oil.
Deodorant usually leaves yellow stains on white or light-coloured textiles. These can be pre-treated with citric acid.
To do this, dissolve 10 grams of citric acid in a liter of water and let your garment soak overnight. Denture cleaner and baking powder also work.
White deodorant stains on dark fabrics. These stains can be removed with vinegar or gall soap. We suggest testing for colour fastness first to avoid possible damage. Afterwards, gently rub or soak the stain with diluted vinegar essence.
To remove a sunscreen stain, first add a bit of water to the area. Cover it with baking powder, and wait half an hour before washing.
Be careful! Baking powder can bleach coloured fabrics, so use vinegar water for these. Soak your clothes in a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water, and leave for an hour.
The sooner grass stains are treated, the easier they are to remove.
Rub bile soap into the fabric using a soft brush. Let it sit for a few hours, then rinse with cold water afterwards.
If you get a coffee stain on your favourite item, take it off as soon as possible and rinse with plenty of water. The longer the stain sits, the deeper it will penetrate the fabric's fibres. After rinsing, follow these steps:
1. Put liquid detergent on the affected area.
2. Let it sit for at least five minutes.
3. Carefully drain the garment with warm water.
Repeat this procedure if necessary.
Sprinkle lemon juice on the stain, then add salt. Wait until the mixture fully absorbs the red wine.
Finally, gentle rinse with mineral water and place your garment in the washing machine.
Under no circumstances should the stain dry out nor should your clothes be placed in the washing machine without pre-treatment.
Rinse the garment under cold running water as soon as possible. Avoid warm water as it will cause the stain to stick.
Place detergent on the stain, and then place your garment in the washing machine!
If the blood has dried, soak your garment overnight in a cold water bath mixed with salt (five tablespoons of salt per litre of water). After, wash accordingly.
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