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Fighting stubborn stains

  • Published at 01:26 pm July 9th, 2013
Fighting stubborn stains

Remember that favourite white shirt you accidentally spilled tea on? Despite immediately rushing to scrub it off, the stain remained, stubborn and defiant. Endless trips to the laundry seemed to go in vain, and the helpless shirt had to be discarded. As heartbroken as you were, the lesson was learnt. Whites would be worn with utmost caution, and the fear of stains would keep you miles away from venturing anywhere near dinner tables.

This week, Avenue T gives you an insider’s guide on removing stubborn stains using simple, home remedies. Not only are these remedies easy to follow, they are also highly effective.

Curry/oil For any oil-based stains, sprinkle a generous amount of baby powder on the stain as soon as it occurs. Wait a minute or two until the powder soaks the oil. This will make the oil reach the surface of the fabric, making it easier to get rid of. White clothing Lemon juice is the ideal bleaching agent when it comes to cleaning whites. If there are any persistent stains, squeeze lemon juice on top and leave the whites out in the sun. Afterwards, wash them as you normally would. The bleaching agent in lemons will remove the stains. Candle wax With the current load shedding situation, many an IPS can no longer take the load, and we are left with the good old candle. However, once the power cut is over, tabletops and countertops are left with the remains of candle wax that do not want to budge. Place a paper towel on top of the stain and iron it. The wax will melt and get stuck to the towel. Perfume stains If you want to soak a yellowing perfume stain, use some white vinegar on the stained area and then wash. However, this is only a good home remedy if the fabric isn’t too flimsy. General food stain The moment you stain your clothes in a restaurant, immediately ask for club soda. Pour it on top of the spill to prevent the stain from soaking in.