12 Unbelievable Ways to Wash and Clean Off Absolutely Everything
It is possible to destain anything if you use a good cleanser and have a washing machine. But what if you are not within reach of any washing equipment, or you don’t have enough time to cope with the trouble? How can you get rid of dried, ground-in stains?
Bright Side has 12 quick solutions for the most "terrifying" stains which will allow you to forget the stressful stain forever.
№ 12. Grass
Every parent knows how hard it is to wash off grass and dirt from jeans. In order to remove the soil, you should do the following:
- Mix 1 liter of water with 1 tablespoon of aqueous ammonia. Then just drench the stain with the solution, and rub it with a napkin or a sponge.
№ 11. Ink
A dry ink stain is not going to come off even in a washing machine, and that’s a fact. However, we have some tips on how to ease the destaining process:
- Soak a cotton ball in spirit, and tap the stain lightly. You can also use a blend of aqueous ammonia and wine spirit (1:1 ratio). You’ll have to do your best in order to get rid of the stain without washing it off, though.
№ 10. Oil and fat
There are several ways to get rid of oil and fat stains, and they all work well.
- If the stain is fresh, put it between 2-3 layers of paper towels. Iron the piece of clothing, and repeat the action if the stain is still there. In case the tip doesn’t work for removing the stain fully, clean it off with the help of gasoline.
- Ground-in fat stains can be removed with the help of a mixture of pure spirit and gasoline (half a glass and half a teaspoon correspondingly). Apply the blend to a cloth, and let it dry.
№ 9. Lipstick
Lipstick and makeup base prints are a problem for all girls (and clothing shops). Luckily, you can easily remove them.
- Put the piece of clothing (stain down) on a paper towel, and rub the reverse side with a cotton pad soaked in spirit. Don’t forget to change the towels for a better result.
№ 8. Nail polish
Nail polish "attacks" your clothes and sheets with just one clumsy movement. The stain can be removed, but you’ll have to work hard on it.
- Put the stained part of the clothing (stain down) onto cotton fabric, then apply a cotton ball soaked in spirit or acetone to the reverse side. Rub until the stain is removed. In order to remove the stain without a trace, you will also have to soak your clothes in hot water and give them a good rinse.
№ 7. Berries, fruit, juice
Not all berry stains can be fully cleaned off, but there are some tips for removing the worst of them.
- Soak a cotton pad in regular table vinegar, and drench the stain. Then rinse the piece of clothing in cold water.
- Apply some salt to the fresh stain — it will absorb the excess moisture, and the stain will not spread. Then hit the stain with hot water.
№ 6. Blood
When you accidentally cut your hand, you instinctively try to stop the blood. So we usually put the cut finger into our mouth or wipe it on our clothes.
- If you want to remove a blood stain, apply some aqueous ammonia to it, and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Then, if the stain is still there, wash the piece of clothing with soap.
№ 5. Chocolate
We all love chocolate — it is tasty and improves your mood. But none of us want to see chocolate stains on our clothes.
- If the stain is fresh, just cover it with salt. Then sponge it with warm water.
- Old stains can be removed with a 1.5% ammonia solution or a vinegar and spirit solution (1:1 ratio).
№ 4. Sweat
Strange as it may seem, not all antiperspirants protect you from sweat stains on your clothes. You will be glad to learn that such stains are easily removed.
- Mix some dishwashing liquid (1 teaspoon) with hydrogen peroxide (3-4 teaspoons) and soda (2 teaspoons). Apply the blend to the stain, wait a bit, and then rinse with water.
- You can also use vinegar and hot water to remove such a stain.
№ 3. Mud
Imagine that you stumble over something and fall into some mud. Know the situation? Even if you are lucky and the answer is "No," it is always good to know an easy way of removing mud stains.
- Put your piece of clothing into warm water with white vinegar and dishwashing liquid. Wait for some time, and swill the clothes in warm water.
№ 2. Beer
Your mood will be ruined even at the most amusing party if you get a beer stain on your favorite T-shirt. Such a stain is quick to set, but they are also easily removed.
- Apply a blend of water, glycerin, ammonia, and wine spirit (8:1:1:1 ratio) to the stain. This tip also works for champagne stains.
№ 1. Wine
Murphy’s Law more often makes wine (especially red) end up on your blouse than inside your glass. Here are some tips on how to get rid of such stains:
- For fresh stains: Soak a cotton pad in a blend of vinegar and hot water. Then rub the stain.
- For old stains: Mix about 0.03 ounces of citric acid with 1 glass of water. If the stain is still visible, rub it with a hydrogen peroxide and ammonia solution (put 1 teaspoon of each substance into 1 glass of hot water).