Each of us can sometimes fall victim to a little accident in the form of wine spilled on tablecloth or spilled fruit juices on a new shirt. All it takes is a moment of carelessness and Hello, there's a stain. However, there is no need to use drastic chemical agents to remove stains. We will let you in on many other effective methods.
As soon as you notice a stain, you need to act fast to prevent the stain from drying into the fabric. Soak liquids into a cloth, a handkerchief or a napkin; wipe or rub thicker matter off with a knife. Place the stained fabric on absorbent underlay and rub a cleaning agent into it which will penetrate in between the fibres. The underlay should be changed frequently.
Not Hot Water!
Always begin removing the stain without hot water. Use lukewarm water, but the best starters are cold soap-water or soda-water. If you're busy at the moment, put some soda or cold water on the dried up stain and wipe it off with a wet handkerchief. It is good to put some vegetable glycerine on old and dried stains.
How to Clean
Clean from the outer edge towards the centre and from the back side to the front side and put the cleaning agent on the back side. Do not scrub the stain; if it is difficult or impossible to remove, use a different cleaning agent, but always clean the fabric gently.
When to Clean
Try to plan stain removal sessions for days when the Moon is waning. Stains are easier to remove during these periods. Days when the Moon goes through the signs of Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio or Virgo are also suitable. Find out more details in our LUNAR CALENDAR.
What to Use For Cleaning
Sprinkle salt on fruit or wine stains; the salt absorbs the liquid. Red wine stains can be removed by rubbing some white wine on them (with a napkin). You remove greasy stains by sprinkling wheat or corn flour on them. Red beet stains can be removed by placing a slice of white wet slice of bread on them. Remove vegetable juice stains by rubbing eucalyptus oil on them until they vanish. Rub cherry stains with a piece of tomato and wash.
List of Useful Cleaning Agents for Various Types of Stains:
- BLOOD (fresh) - soak the stained fabric into cold water, add a fistful of salt if the stain is resistant
- BLOOD (dried) - soften it with vegetable glycerine and clean the same way as fresh blood.
- CHOCOLATE, COFFEE - rub a solution of two tablespoons of borax in 500 ml of water into the stain or wash the stained fabric in the solution
- BEER, RED BEET - rub a solution of two tablespoons of borax in 500 ml of water into the stain or wash the stained fabric in the solution
- BERRIES - put light vinegar or lemon juice on the stain and let it work for 1-2 hours, then wash
- FRUIT JUICES - rub a solution of two tablespoons of borax in 500 ml of water into the stain or wash the stained fabric in the solution
- FAT, OIL - sprinkle some corn flour on the stain, place multiple kitchen rags around it and iron carefully. Soak old stains into a solution of 1 tablespoon of washing soda and 1 tablespoon of eucalyptus oil.
- RED WINE - soak into soda immediately; if that is not enough, soak the stained fabric into a solution of two tablespoons of borax in 500 ml of water
- WHITE WINE - soak into soda and then wash
- TEA, SOFT DRINKS - rub a solution of two tablespoons of borax in 500 ml of water into the stain, then wash
- RUST - mix salt and lemon juice into a paste and cover the stains with it. Wash the paste off after 20 minutes
- MOLD - mix lemon juice and wine stone into a paste, cover the stains with it and let it dry. Then brush it out and wash. You can also use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
- MILK - wash in soap water immediately, then soak in vinegar water for 10 minutes, then rinse
- GRASS - soak the stain in cold water and cover with sugar. Roll the fabric and let the cleaning agents work for 1 hour. Put eucalyptus oil on old stains.
- EGGS - rub a solution of two tablespoons of borax in 500 ml of water into the stain or wash the stained fabric in the solution
- BALLPOINT PEN - clean with a piece of cloth soaked in eucalyptus oil or denatured alcohol
- MAKE-UP - rub a solution of 1 portion of ammonia water and soap with 3 portions of water
- SHOE CREAM - place the stain on absorbent underlay and cover with oil or alcohol. Move the underlay from time to time so the stain lies on clean underlay.
- CURRY SPICE, CURCUMA - cover the stain with hydrogen peroxide.
- VOMIT - remove the rest of vomit and use a solution of two tablespoons of borax in 500 ml of water + a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil