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Can you all tell me how you get stains out of clothes please?

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BeerHunter Thu 03-Apr-14 12:06:58

Ideally I would like to put all the stained clothes in a bucket, add some sort of magic potion to soak. Then when I take the clothes out, ta da, the stains are gone.

misscph1973 Thu 03-Apr-14 12:16:08

Isn't that what you do with Vanish powder?

I find that a lot of stains disappear if you put a bit of washing up liquid on it and leave it to soak overnight wrapped in a carrier bag. Liquid glycerine (in the baking department) is also good.

jeee Thu 03-Apr-14 12:17:57

Vanish powder, wash, and then several days on the line.

Doesn't get rid of banana stain or pen, but most other stains yield to this treatment.

anklebitersmum Thu 03-Apr-14 12:20:07

Soda crystals and hot water in a bucket is my 'go to' or, for whites that are almost beyond redemption, ace bleach instead.

I do follow up with a 40 wash though.

BeerHunter Thu 03-Apr-14 16:42:17

Going to try the washing up liquid tonight.

The stains have already dried. Will that matter?

CountessOfRule Thu 03-Apr-14 16:47:28

Oily stains including food and grass are easily removed with Swarfega which you can get in the car maintenance/hardware bits of shops. Spread on and wash as normal.

Don't get stains hot. Soak cold and wash at 30, 40 if you must. Heat sets stains.

BeerHunter Thu 03-Apr-14 18:41:10

I did not know that about the cold/hot water!

Furball Thu 03-Apr-14 18:47:39

Are they whites?

I had a blob of orange from a tomatoey food - I bleached it and allsorts with no luck. Left it outside on a not that sunny a day and - wow the stain had gone.

ResponsibleAdult Thu 03-Apr-14 18:54:08

Thanks for this thread, I have DD t shirt and my trousers with stubborn oily stain. I will try washing up liquid first then swarfega.

Please be cautious with Vanish. I got an oily stain (vinagrette dressing) on my favourite blue trousers. I put Vanish stain wash in the drum and did a normal wash. Stain wouldn't move. Did a patch test for 10 mins, seemed fine, so then put stain powder, in solution, as per instructions, onto stain patch on trousers. Then I washed the trousers.

Vanish bleached the entire patch, trousers were ruined. When I contacted customer services they were v helpful but explained Vanish is basically bleach and not entirely appropriate for coloured fabric. confused Who knew?

BeerHunter Thu 03-Apr-14 18:55:07

They are a lights, with various food stains.

A friend mentioned putting stained clothes in the sun and it disappearing. It sounded like voodoo magic to me. Stains can't just disappear without you even touching them, can they?

BeerHunter Thu 03-Apr-14 18:58:07

Oh my, I didn't know that about the powder either.

I hope it's not the same as with the soap bar. I have just smothered all the clothes with stains in fairy and rubbed a load of the vanish soap on for good measure!

Furball Thu 03-Apr-14 19:05:47

try the sun - like I say my one just vanished - it really was magic

AntoinetteCosway Thu 03-Apr-14 19:10:30

1. Rub with vanish
2. Wash as normal
3. Observe stain has not gone
4. Curse
5. Add item to 'home clothes only' pile

I am shit at laundry.

HolidayCriminal Thu 03-Apr-14 19:14:38

It depends very much what the stain is from, ime. Some stains never shift if they get set in for too long.

CountessOfRule Thu 03-Apr-14 19:16:55

Sunlight is incredible on stains, especially bodily fluids.

ibbydibby Thu 03-Apr-14 19:53:26

For foody stains & blood I soak in cold water for a while then put in washing machine as usual. Trouble with hot water is that it "sets" the stain, cold water seems to help shift it out.

BeerHunter Thu 03-Apr-14 19:58:05

That's exactly what I do Antoinette, that's how I got in this mess.

I went through my toddlers wardrobe today. There were so many lovely clothes ruined because of my laziness!!

I am now trying to rectify this situation but I think it's probably a lost cause, as it sounds like I have set the stains.

cerealqueen Thu 03-Apr-14 23:38:40

Vanish, flash with bleach on whites, sunlight.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 03-Apr-14 23:43:24

Do not use Vanish on whites. I now have four different items of white clothing with yellow stains on thanks to that bloody stuff. Well one I managed to bleach out with sunlight but the rest are ruined. It leaves a nasty yellowy stain on anything white.

misscph1973 Fri 04-Apr-14 13:07:04

Tomato based food stains are a nightmare! Bleach won't work, because the grease sets it. I have had very good results with any food great stains with washing up liquid.

I had a lovely coloured skirt that somehow got black mould stains. I put lemon juice on, rubbed salt on and left it in the sun. Gone! I treated pomegranate stains with lemon juice + salt + sun and it worked again!

I do find that stains have to be treated BEFORE washing - if they come out with stains on after washing, it's often too late. And I second the cold water, a cold water rinse can work magic.

Also, a soak in vinegar and bicarb is quite good.

And if you have colour run, make a bath of soap flakes and very hot water (use a pot om the stove to keep it warm) and put the clothes in, stir irt around with a wooden spoon ofr ages, and change the solution if it gets coloured from the colour run, it really works! I washe dmy DDs delicate pinks with dark colours, it came out grey, but the soap flakes solution saved it!

BeerHunter Fri 04-Apr-14 18:06:13

misscph these are the sort of tips I love!

Washing ap liquid and vanish soap didn't work so I am now going to go and raid my larder!

BeerHunter Fri 04-Apr-14 18:08:36

Is baking powder the same as bicarb?

GemmaTeller Fri 04-Apr-14 18:10:21

Rub a bit of fairy liquid on the stain, wash as normal, all stains gone

BeerHunter Fri 04-Apr-14 18:12:14

Malt vinegar?

TheNightIsDark Fri 04-Apr-14 18:20:04

I just shove vanish in with the wash and wash at 50 for an hour. Only stain that has defeated me is dry wipe marker!

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