Isn't it a pain when you are loading a washing machine and you spot a stain that you just know is not going to come out with regular detergent? Pre-treating stubborn stains can help keep your clothes looking their best and can usually be done with everyday household products, but I can never remember what the correct method is for treating stubborn stains. For example, some stains need rinsing with hot water for best effect but in other cases the hot water will just set the stain. So, since I couldn't find a laundry stain removal chart that I liked online, I've created my own. And, being me I've turned this into a printable.
My laundry stain removal guide is laminated and kept in sight of my washing machine so it is easy to refer to when I need it, but you could also put this in a household binder or frame it and put it on your laundry room wall. I couldn't decide between chevron or quatrefoil and created both to see which one I preferred. So you get a choice of printable this week (apart from the design, the information on it is the same).
How to remove laundry stains
Here is the information from my laundry stain removal guide. After each treatment, wash the garment as normal.
Soak in cold water, mixed with two tablespoons of salt or ammonia.
Remove as much of the excess as possible, being careful not to spread the stain. Rinse from the reverse side with cold water. Gently rub in some liquid detergent and leave it to sit for 5 minutes, then soak for 15 minutes in cold water.
Mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar with two cups of water and apply to the stain with a sponge.
Sprinkle baking soda onto the crayon marks and rub with a cloth.
INK (BALL POINT)
Dab a little non-gel toothpaste over the affected area and rub gently. Wash off with soap. Repeat if necessary.
INK (DRY ERASE MARKER)
Rub stain with dish soap and a damp cloth, before washing with a biological detergent.
Pre-treat the stain with white vinegar or dish soap.
Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area to soak up excess grease. Rub the stain with liquid dish soap and wash in the hottest water suitable for the garment.
Apply an ice cube to the area to harden the gum, or put in a freezer. Scrape off as much of the hardened gum as possible then pre-treat the area with a mixture of dish soap and white vinegar.
Allow the mud to dry completely. Remove as much of the mud as you can then rub dish soap into the area with a damp cloth.
Create a paste with baking soda and water. Apply it to the stain and leave it to sit for an hour.
Apply a paste of baking soda and water and leave for one hour. Soak garment in cold water then wash as usual.
Sprinkle salt on the area to absorb as much of the stain as possible. Rinse from the reverse side of the stain with boiling water and wash immediately.
Squeeze lemon juice onto the stain and sprinkle with salt. Allow garment to bleach naturally in the sun.
Apply white vinegar directly onto the stain and wash immediately. Sunlight will also bleach stubborn stains.