Sometimes, in front of a wine stain on the tablecloth or the greasy pants of the children's bikes, a mother could be assailed by a kind of despondency. The first thought that comes into her mind nine times out of ten is: How am I going to remove the stain from my dress? she will never go away!
In reality, no stain is really impossible to erase. A practical and concrete help, also within the reach of those who have not intuited as a housewife, comes from Courtenay Hartford, author of Ninja Cleaning Manual, useful manual that contains many little ones time-saving tricks to overcome dirt without stress.
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How to clean stains: evergreen tips
Each stain has its own specific treatment, that's true. However, there are some general rules that apply to everyone, before starting to remove stains.
- Whether it's a stain on your clothes, carpet or sofa the basic rule is act in time. When you see a stain, treat it as soon as possible to prevent it from setting deep into the tissues.
- Another evergreen tip is to rinse the opposite side of the fabric with warm water: this will push it to the surface rather than deep.
These are the tips to eliminate the usually most frequent stains, those of a food nature:
- Beet: cold water + hydrogen peroxide + bicarbonate (prepare a solution with these ingredients and apply it directly on the stain).
- Coffee : water + vinegar (dilute a little vinegar with a little water and use it to treat the stain).
- Meat and gravy: dish detergent + warm water + bicarbonate (prepare a paste with these ingredients, apply it on the stain and rub gently).
- Chocolate: lukewarm water + dish detergent (wet the stain from the opposite side of the fabric and then use the dish detergent).
- Forest fruits: cold water + vinegar or warm water + hydrogen peroxide + bicarbonate (wet the stain with warm water, then treat it directly with hydrogen peroxide and bicarbonate).
- Chewing gum: ice (rub the chewing gum with an ice cube until it is hard enough to peel off the fabric).
- Tomato / ketchup: vinegar + dish detergent + cold water (prepare a solution with these ingredients and apply it directly to the stain).
Stains from bathroom products
Stains from makeup, perfumes and nail polish? From today they are no longer a problem. Here's how they should be treated:
- Deodorant: bicarbonate + hydrogen peroxide + water (prepare a paste with these ingredients, apply it on the stain and let it act for a few minutes).
- Foundation: shaving foam + clean cloth (apply the shaving foam directly on the stain and let it act for a few minutes, then remove the pigment from the fabric using a dry cloth).
- Lipstick: hairspray + cold water (sprinkle some hairspray on the stain and some cold water, let it harden and brush off the lipstick residue before putting it to wash).
- Nial Polish: acetone-free nail polish remover (pour a little acetone directly on the stain, let it act and then proceed with the traditional wash).
- Hair dye: hair spray + warm water + laundry detergent (wet the stain with hair spray and let it act for thirty minutes, then hand wash it with warm water and detergent).
- Makeup for the eyes: non-oily eye make-up remover + dish detergent (prepare a solution with these ingredients and rub the stain lightly until it dissolves, before washing).
It should be remembered that all hostile stains require soaking even for an entire night if necessary: the ideal is to let them rest in a bowl for at least 4 hours. In particular, here are the blends in which compromised tissues must be laid:
- Red wine or grape juice: white wine or hydrogen peroxide (apply one of the two ingredients directly to the stain and let it act for a few minutes).
- Blood: salt + cold water or hydrogen peroxide (put 15 grams of salt in a small basin of water and let it soak overnight).
- Rust: cream of tartar + hydrogen peroxide (mix the two ingredients to form a paste and apply it directly on the stain).
- Ink: hair spray + water (apply hair spray to the stain, let it act for a few minutes and then rinse with warm water).
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