*Note to readers: I don't know how I messed up my posts and scheduled them for next week (????) so I'm combining Thursdays Organizing and Friday's Laundry posts...sorry!*
Spring cleaning is the best time to organize!! You've got everything out and cleaned so why not get it in order, right?? I've found some great tips, tricks and projects to help you get organized!
Treat stain as soon as possible, a fresh stain is easier to remove.
- Test treatment on a hidden or unseen area of the clothing, test for color fastness before treating stain in a visible spot.
- Avoid hot water on the following stains: blood, egg and milk.
- Follow directions of commercial cleaners, be aware of any precautions noted.
- Do not dry garments in a hot dryer until you have removed the stain, this can set the stain and makes it harder to remove.
- Blood Stain Removal
Try rinsing the stain area in cool water then sprinkle on meat tenderizer. Sit for a few minutes then launder as usual.
You could also use hydrogen peroxide plain, apply to area, sit for a few minutes then launder in cool water (first test a small hidden area to make sure the garment color won’t be bleached).
Make a batch of cold, salty water and soak garment overnight. General guideline is 1 TBS salt per 2 1/2 cups of water. Launder as usual.
- Chocolate Stain Removal
Mix 4 TBS borax with 2 1/2 cups of warm water, soak garment in solution. After soaking, place stained area under cool running water, if stain doesn’t disappear, rub with a bar of laundry soap. Launder as usual.
- Grass Stain Removal
Before washing items with grass stains, try dabbing a generous amount of vinegar into the stain first. Launder as usual. This should help lift the stain right out.
Wet stain with water and cover with sugar. Leave for at least 1 hour then launder as usual.
- Lipstick Stains
Saturate a clean white cloth with household winger, rub lipstick stain lightly until it is removed
- Perspiration Stains
Mix a solution of water and vinegar (60/40) then sponge onto stain areas. Launder as usual.
Mix a solution of 1 quart warm water with 4 TBS table salt, soak garment. Wash as usual
- Ring Around The Collar
Try rubbing toothpaste along the stain before tossing in the washing machine. Careful on items that aren’t white, the toothpaste could cause discoloration.
Use 3 parts baking soda to 2 parts vinegar to make a paste, rub into stain and allow to set for 60 minutes, launder as usual
- Rust Spots On Cloth Items
Try treating the stains with a 50/50 mixture of lemon juice and water. Let sit for about 30 minutes before washing.
Rub powdered Cream of Tartar into stain, then wash in hot soapy water. You can also boil garment in water mixed with Cream of Tartar (4 tsp Cream of Tartar per pint of water).
Rust stains on laundry can happen if your washing machine or dryer has a part that’s rusted. It can also be caused by hard water or if the clothing was accidentally washed with something metal that rusted in the wash.
Did you know: Chlorine bleach will make the rust stains harder to remove or even permanent?
- Wine Stains
Mix 1 1/4 cups of water and 2 tsp borax, apply over stain. Soak for 15 minutes, launder as usual.
I hope my posts help you during your spring cleaning, I know they're going to make my cleaning a little bit easier!!