Keeping your clothes clean at home as a caregiver can be a headache—especially when you stain your brand-new outfit and don't know how to clean it.
Some of the culprits that cause these stains include:
Here are some tried-and-tested ways to keep your clothes clean at home:
For tea stains, rinse with cold water from the back, and rub with liquid detergent for a clean look.
For ink stains, put a paper towel underneath and apply rubbing alcohol. Then, pat the stain with a cloth to remove the ink.
You can remove collar stains by pouring shampoo and rubbing it into the collar for 30 minutes. Then, rinse with water to finish cleaning the garment.
You can treat oil-based stains by adding salt and then brushing it off the garment (the salt absorbs the oil).
Prevent curry stains by buying an apron to prevent any stains from getting on you. Rock a GOCS apron today to cook all day while staying stain-free.
When dealing with meat in the kitchen, getting some blood on your shirt or top is much too easy. But don't worry: first, add a dab of dishwashing detergent (½ teaspoon) and a tablespoon of white vinegar to the area. Then rinse with cold water to finish cleaning the mess.
The last thing you want to worry about while enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning is to have it stain your outfit. But this issue is resolvable. Mix warm water, a ½ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent, and a tablespoon of white vinegar. Then, apply it to the garment for a clean look.
Here is a clip from Better Homes and Gardens on how to remove coffee stains from clothing:
Wear nitrile gloves when doing the dishes so that your hands and sleeves don't get stained with spices or oil.
Here is a video explaining how to remove curry stains from clothing:
When cleaning the house on a hot day, your clothes can sometimes become sweaty. To remove these sweat stains, mix a quarter cup of vinegar with a cup of water and pour it over the stain. Allow it to soak for half an hour, then rinse.
It's annoying when we start a paint job around the house, only to find that the paint is decorating our clothes instead. But you can remedy this issue by scraping off the paint with a knife and then applying some tape to the affected area. Then, add hairspray and rinse with water and detergent to clean the garment.
When cleaning the washroom, unfortunately, urine may get on your clothes. But you can address this situation by washing the garment for 45 minutes in a bucket of water and white vinegar. Then, finally, rinse the garment in water and detergent to make your clothing as good as new.
Faeces can also stain your clothes when you are cleaning the washroom. To solve this problem, wash the item for 15 minutes in a mix of water, ammonia, and dishwashing liquid.
If stains appear on stored clothes, use one teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide to remove them. Lemon juice, baking soda, and toothpaste can also remove stains from stored clothes.
The easiest way to prevent these stains is to identify the root cause. For example, stains may form due to not rinsing clothes enough. Wash any remaining bleach or detergent off the clothing using cold water before you put them to dry. Another cause may be storing dirty laundry with clean clothes. This may cause white clothes to become yellowish by absorbing colour from other items.
To remove lipstick stains, first, wait for 15 minutes. Then add some hair spray and rinse it with cold water.
To remove makeup stains on clothes, add shaving cream on top and let it soak through for a couple of minutes. Then rub and wash with water.
For perfume or cologne stains, rinse the area under cold water and add dishwashing soap. Then wait for 10 minutes and rinse.
For shoe polish stains, first, scrape off as much as possible. Then mix some water and detergent and apply to the area. After 15 minutes, rinse.
For deodorant stains, add a mixture of water and lemon juice (in equal amounts) to the area and let it dry. Finally, wash with water to finish cleaning the garment.
After gardening, fungal growth can appear on clothes, making them smell. You can end this problem by brushing the stains and washing them in warm water and laundry detergent. And voila, your outfit is good as new!
You can remove grass stains by using an old brush and white toothpaste. First, wet the brush, put toothpaste on the stain and scrub and rinse it.
When gardening on a humid day, it is far too easy to get your clothes stained with mud. But you can address this issue by scraping the stain with a spoon. Then take a brush and scrub the affected areas. Finally, wash in a mixture of water and detergent to achieve the desired result of a clean garment.
Here is a video from Sears explaining how to remove grass stains from clothing:
While getting your clothes stained may seem scary, you can address the problem using the above tips and tricks. For more content like this, subscribe to our newsletter.