Normally, throwing your clothes in the wash with some laundry detergent is fairly simple. But, if the clothes have stains, that’s a different story. Here’s how to tackle the most crucial part of your family’s laundry.
Timing is everything. Take care of any stains as soon as possible. Fresh stains are much easier to clean than those over 24 hours old. Repeat the necessary care instructions as necessary.
First things first. For fresh stains, blot with a clean cloth to absorb as much of the spill as possible. Never rub a stain – this will make the stain bigger and pushes the stain deeper into the fabric.
Go for the cold. Whether you know you dropped a hot dog with mustard on your shirt or you don’t, treat any stain, known or unknown, with cold water. Hot water can set stains into the fiber of your clothing. However, hot water is extremely useful with polyester material.
Skip the soap. Your first instinct may be to grab a bar of soap, but soap – like cold water – can actually set many stains in. Stick with just plain water – there isn’t even a need for club soda!
Divide and conquer. When it comes down to throwing your stained items in the washing machine, wash them separately. The stain can end up on the clean clothes during the cycle.
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