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STAIN REMOVAL TIPS

Besides what the experts recommend I would only add that preparation is required for best results. Take time at home to pre-treat and soak problem areas before washing.

Grass:
Pretreat the grass stain with warm water and vinegar, or water and rubbing alcohol. Rub the mixture directly into the stain, and then wash the item as you normally would.

White wine: Rinse the area with cool water and apply diluted dishwashing soap solution. After applying laundry detergent, wash as usual.

Red wine: Mix liquid dishwashing soap with hydrogen peroxide, then pour the mixture on the stain and let presoak. Then machine wash the garment or tablecloth with laundry detergent as soon as possible.

Tea or coffee: Rinse the area thoroughly with vinegar or lemon juice, and then, if necessary, apply a stronger bleach. If the beverage contained milk or sugar, treat with diluted dishwashing-soap solution and then wash with laundry detergent.

Chocolate: Remove as much chocolate as possible, then apply diluted dishwashing soap solution. Treat with laundry detergent and wash according to care instructions.

Blood:
Apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain, then wash with detergent. Note: Fresh blood will often come right out with cold water, or cold water and mild soap.

Lipstick: Blot (do not rub!) the stain with clean terry-cloth towel or white paper towel, then apply cold water to the stain. As soon as you can, gently work mild detergent into the stain and then rinse with cold water. Use a presoak product or apply a stain stick to the area and let it sit for 10 minutes, then launder as usual. Let it air-dry. Do not put in the dryer, for that can set a stain if it hasn't been totally removed.

Fruit stains (juice, jelly): Apply diluted dishwashing-soap solution to the area. Next flush the stain with vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Finally, treat the area with laundry detergent and wash according to label instructions.

Mustard: Rinse the area thoroughly with white vinegar and wash with dishwashing detergent.

Gum or wax: Freeze the substance by placing item in a freezer or applying ice cubes, then try to crack off as much as possible. (If the stained item is not washable, place the ice in a plastic bag before applying.) To eliminate the remainder of the substance, use an oil solvent or mineral spirits, rinsing with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Allow to dry and then wash using laundry detergent.
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