Cleaning

Alternative ways to remove stains naturally

When it comes to removing stains, there are hundreds of different products on the market that tell you they do a better job than another product. Whilst this might true, there are other, more natural ways of removing stains that result in less damage to your clothes and the environment.

Many of these natural remedies are already situated in your home for things like cooking, making it a hassle-free task to naturally remove stains from everyday clothing or even when things spill onto the floor.

Natural treatments

When treating stains, the sooner you act, the better as it provides less time for the stain to fully engrain itself within the fabric fibres. The first step is to remove any of the substance that is in excess on the fabric. This needs to be carefully done so as not to rub anything further into the fabric.

The next step is to ensure that you simply blot and do not rub the stain with any products. The rubbing will only make the stain push deeper into the fabric and make it harder to get out.

  • Baking soda and vinegar

Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda over the stain to soak up any of the substance that may not have made its way into the fabric yet. Leave this for a few minutes and then vacuum or very carefully wipe off the baking soda.

Then it is time to dab the stain with a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar. This will help to draw out the stain. It is important that you dab the stain with a clean cloth or cotton swab. Let the item soak for 15-30 minutes before putting in the washing machine.

  • Hydrogen peroxide

This is great for removing organic stains such as blood, grass and sweat. Simply spray the hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stained area and leave it as is for 15 minutes before rinsing. Repeat this process as necessary until the stain is removed.

  • Corn starch

Corn starch is ideal for removing stains from oily stains on silk, leather and wool. Simple dab the corn starch onto the stain very carefully sand then leave it for roughly 20 minutes until the corn starch has absorbed the majority of the stain.

Then, carefully use a hot steam iron to run over the corn starch and stain which will help to lift the stain out. it is then time to remove the corn starch with a clean cloth or toothbrush and the stain should be removed.