Looks and appearances matter a lot, and the clothes we wear and the condition we keep them in play a big role in that. It’s important to make sure that they are taken care of properly so we always look our best. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, people alway manage to pick up some stains on their clothes. While some stains are easily removable, there are others which are quite stubborn and difficult to remove. There are plenty of synthetic, store bought stain removal products out there that do a good job of removing stains, however, in this article, we will be taking a closer look at the various natural and home based methods of stain removal which are environmentally friendly and also safe for the body.
Identifying The Type Of Stain
Before taking your clothes to an Altamonte Springs dry cleaner, it’s a good idea to pre-treat any stains. This will help ensure that your clothes come back to you stain free. Limit the amount and time of water exposure and try to treat the stain as soon as possible, otherwise, they could end up stubborn and difficult to remove. While it’s important to act fast, identifying the type of stain is also important. Whether it’s food stains, liquid stains, stains from inks, shoe polish, nail polish, lip sticks, oil, blood or anything else, identifying the right type of stain could go a long way in helping decide what home based methods and products you should use to remove the stain.
Natural Stain Removers
Any experienced, quality dry cleaner will vouch for a few home based stain removers that they might even use themselves on regular basis. Let’s have a look at some these below.
Club soda could be a first line of defense when it comes to treating various types of stains. This common, household item can play a big role in removing some common stains. However, some people say that this method can smudge and spread the stain, so use at your discretion. (Note: You can also mix in bit of baking soda or salt for a little extra stain removing strength.)
Baking Soda mixed with distilled white vinegar is also a very commonly used home remedy. It can be very effective at removing food stains and even some stubborn chemical stains.
Cornstarch, according to many is considered to be one of the best and most effective means to remove stains naturally. It works very well on silk, leather and other valuable, delicate fabrics.
Lemon is also effective at removing food stains as long as its applied immediately and before the stain is exposed to water.
Hydrogen peroxide is another great natural stain remover and is especially good at removing chocolate, wine, blood, grass and even underarm sweat stains. In fact, many professional dry cleaners use hydrogen peroxide regularly because it works so well.
Enzyme stain removers are very effective at removing tough stains like blood, grass and sweat and are eco-friendly due to their plant based formula.
Baby powder is great at effectively removing oil and curry stains.
A hot iron is great tool to remove candle wax stains. Scrape of the excess wax first, place the fabric between two pieces of paper towel and place your iron, on the low setting, on top of the stain. The heat transfers the wax from your clothes to the paper towel.
Other types of home based stain removers include baby lotions, erasers and nail polish removers.
As stated above, identifying the type of stain is very important before using any of these natural stain removers. However, if you are using them on expensive clothes, it might not be worth the risk. It’s always a smart decision to leave the job to a experienced, professional dry cleaner if you’re not sure what to do.