April 28 2016
The ugly truth is that there are no measures you can take to keep your fabrics absolutely free of food stains. However, developing some effective strategies and acting right away can deal with food messes whenever they happen. Read on and check our tips out!
Gum – having gum stuck in your hair is the nightmare of every female but dealing with gum stain in general is not that difficult. You should freeze the spot - if the gum in on your clothing toss it in the freezer; if it is on your carpet apply some ice cubes on the gum area. The gum should harden after 10 minutes and you will be able to easily scrape it off – use a butter knife or dull instrument. This would get most of it out and now you should rub the spot with white vinegar – launder the clothing as you would normally. If the gum was on a fluffy rug, after you clean your carpet try “combing” the fibres so any residues would come off easily. If this doesn`t work, better call the professional carpet cleaners so you don't ruin your whole rug because of the gum accident.
Blueberries – we all love this purple fruit. However, blueberry stains on light fabric can drive every diligent housewife crazy. Treat the stain with equal parts white vinegar and dishwashing liquid. Rub the solution and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse the fabric off with lukewarm water and launder your clothing as you would usually do. The same goes for cranberry juice and grape juice stains. If the stain is on your white tablecloth better use bleach for more efficient results.
Chocolate – heat can set this type of stain permanently so use cold water when treating it. In order to keep chocolate from saturating your fabric turn your clothing inside out and treat it from the back. Put few layers of paper towels and place the stain side down on them. Combine half a teaspoon of ammonia, a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in a cup of cool water. Blot the stain with the solution and a soft cloth but don`t rub it. This should transfer the chocolate to the paper towels and you will end up with a clean clothing. However, if this is not effective for your case, pour some hydrogen peroxide on the stain and let it sit for several minutes. Rinse thoroughly afterwards. Just be careful if you are treating dark fabrics as peroxide can discolour them.
Cherry – cherry stains can be challenging but that doesn`t mean they are impossible to remove. Turn the fabric inside out and run it in under cold water to flush out as much as you can. Apply some liquid laundry detergent on the spot, let it soak in cold water for about half an hour and rinse afterwards. If you are dealing with large stain you can use a clean soft cloth soaked in milk to blot the spot gently and leave it for an hour. This will help the stain to loosen and you can proceed with the method mentioned beforehand.
Black tea – the best way to get rid of tea stains is to pour club soda right away and blot it until it fades completely. You can also try using a solution of one teaspoon white vinegar into a cup of cold water – pour this on the stain and blot the clothing gently. The third method is to rub about a teaspoon of baking sofa on the stain that you have rinsed in cold water and let it sit for some time – baking soda will absorb most of the colouration. After that rinse and launder as normal.
Ice cream – as it contains dairy products you should treat it as a protein stain. If you are dealing with fresh stain, soak it in cold water and apply laundry detergent on the spot. Blot gently and wash as normal. If the ice cream stain has dried, scrape off any excess matter and soak in cold water using enzyme detergent to loosen the spot. Launder in warm water and repeat if necessary.
Cooking grease or butter – begin by blotting the stain with a clean cloth and try removing as much of the grease as possible. Do not scrub the area and work from the outside towards the centre of the stain so you don't spread it further. Mix dishwashing liquid and baking soda to form a paste and apply it on the stain. Gently scrub on both sides of the stained garment using a toothbrush. When you have applied the paste let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse generously. Isn't it amazing how baking soda is an essential part in almost every single household chore – from baking your favourite muffins to your domestic cleaning and even helping you get rid of nasty greasy stains!
Egg stains – as they are protein stains you should use cold water. Remove the excess and soak in cold water with some enzyme detergent. However, if the stain is old you may have to use oxygenated water.
Some food stains are more persistent and may quickly trick you into thinking you have just ruined your favourite shirt. The thing you should have in mind is to treat the spot right away and use suitable method – now you know all of them!
If you forget the first part of worst food stains, you can recall them in previous article - Worst food stains and how to treat them – guide for messy eaters! - Part 1