I’m always amazed at the number of stains that my children manage to get on their clothing, even when they’re doing the most placid and mess-free activities. Seriously – it’s like they’re a magnet for mess!
I’ve had to become quite savvy at removing stains and I have a few tricks up my sleeve I thought I would share:
- Grass Stains: Mix cold water and bicarbonate soda together to form a paste. Work into the stained area (using fingers, or a toothbrush), rinse and run through your washing machine as normal. For tough, more ground-in stains, use a paste of white vinegar and cold water instead.
- Blood: If blood hasn’t dried, rinsing immediately with cold water should do the trick, then run through machine was as normal. For dried blood, scrape off as much as possible, apply a dab of liquid detergent and blot with warm water (don’t rub!). If this doesn’t lift it out, soak in Napisan for a few hours and then run through machine wash as normal.
- Tree Sap: Scrape as much off as possible using a blunt knife. Rub in glycerine to soften and then tap to loosen the sap from the garment. Rinse. If required, spray with stain remover and let sit for 10 minutes. Run through machine wash as usual.
- Coffee: Blot with a paper towel to remove excess. Mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with 1 cup warm water and sponge with a clean cloth. Blot away excess liquid with paper towel. For tough stains, follow by mixing 1/3 cup white vinegar and 2/3 cup warm water and continue to blot. Run through machine was as normal.
- Mud: It’s best to let it dry completely and then shake to remove as much excess as you can. Rub with liquid detergent, rinse with cold water and repeat a few times if necessary. For tough stains, soak in Napisan for a few hours and then run through machine wash as normal.
Do you have any clever tricks or tips for removing messy stains? We’d love for you to share your words of wisdom with us!