I usually try to avoid white clothes because I’m so clumsy. Today I not only dropped a full pepsi all over people in front of me at a sporting event, I also dropped a chai tea at the grocery store. I can’t help it! I come by it naturally. I also spilled coffee on this top right after the shoot. So I thought today I would share with you a few ways I get stains out of my light colored clothing.
My Tide To-Go pen is my best friend. If you come over you see that I have a Tide to-go pen in every room as well as a bunch of my purses. As soon as I spill, I grab a pen and go to town. I’d rather have a big wet mark on my shirt than a stain. Even if it is a tough stain, this is a great way to keep the stain from setting!
Treat the stain before it sets. Once a stain has set it is so much harder to get out. Make sure you spray some Shout or get your Tide to-go pen. Also avoid heat on a stain. Heat makes the stain set faster. If you get to stain too late, rub the spot with a paste made from equal parts vinegar and baking soda.
Use vineagar. For really hard stains all you need is a little vineagar! For coffee or tea stains, soak the stained fabric in 1/3 cup vinegar mixed with 2/3 cup water. For mustard, start by applying undiluted vinegar to the stain. For sweat stains, pour vinegar over the discolored area, and rub coarse salt into it. If you find yourself with a blood stain, pour vinegar over the stain, and allow it to soak for 15 minutes. Then, rinse with cool water, and repeat
Get out your favorite hair spray. If you find yourself with an ink stain, spray the stain with hair spray. Then, dab vinegar on the hair spray to remove it.
Pull out the bleach. I will say I’m scared of bleaching. I tried bleaching a white shirt once and a few washes after that my towels and sheets got bleach marks on them. If you have a white shirt and a persistent stain, make sure you read up on your washer and use bleach the right way.
Soak in cold water. I do this a lot if I have a stubborn stain. I let it sit in cold water over night and then throw it in the washing machine.
Grab some Shout! I use shout on grass stains and stains that aren’t so tough. Spray and throw in the wash and the stain comes right out.