It’s amazing how many different things children can get on their clothes during the day. Harassed parents can’t rely on just scrubbing and washing anymore. From paint to grass and kids’ favourite tomato sauce, we list the most common kids’ stains and give you neat tricks to removing them:
Position clean white paper towels on top of and under the stained area then iron the area, with the iron set at the lowest setting. This should melt the wax and transfer the stain to the towels. Repeat the process with new paper towels until all or most of the stain transfers. Pre-treat the fabric with stain remover to remove any remaining stain. Rinse, then wash as usual.
Use a spoon to scrape off any excess glue. Blot the area with diluted dishwashing detergent then machine wash the fabric in hot water.
Treat the stain with acetone, and rub the cloth to allow the acetone to work. Repeat the process to remove most of the stain. Dab some isopropyl alcohol into the stain and allow to dry. You can also squirt some stain remover on it before washing.
Place an old towel on top of the stain. Gently blot the back of the stain with isopropyl alcohol to transfer the stain to the old towel. Continue until the stain is gone. Blot with water to rinse. You can apply some stain remover on the area before washing.
The mud will be easier to remove if you allow it to dry first. Scrape it off once it’s dried. Moisten the area with dishwashing detergent solution and leave it for at least an hour. Treat the area with stain remover and then wash as usual.
Brush off the chalk dust from the fabric. Place an old towel on top of the stain. Gently blot the back of the stain with isopropyl alcohol to transfer the stain to the old towel. Continue until the stain is gone. Blot with water to rinse. Lastly, soak the stained area in dishwashing detergent for several minutes before washing.
Gently scrape off as much of the sauce as you can. Run cold water through the back of the stain to loosen the stain. Lightly dab laundry detergent on the stain and rinse. Then dab some white vinegar and rinse again. Keep blotting with detergent, rinsing, dabbing with vinegar, and rinsing again until the stain disappears. Machine wash after.
Blot the stain gently with a little water. Next, mix a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and a cup of water and use this to continue blotting the stain. Rinse then wash as usual.
These secrets to removing kids’ stains will make washing their clothes much easier. Your adorable child will once more be running around in spotless, great-smelling clothes… or at least, until they get it dirty again.