TOP 5 SUMMER STAINS AND HOW TO CLEAN THEM – As seen on 3TV/Phoenix (Good Morning Arizona) – Monday, July 1, 2019 (8:50am) & Saturday July 6, 2019 (6:40am)

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First Things First

 Before removing the stain, try to remove as much of it as possible by blotting the stain. Don’t rub it, scrub it, or apply pressure from one side to the other.

Start at the outside of the stain and work towards the middle inside of the stain.

Once stains are treated and the fabric washed, air-dry the material.  Never dry in the dryer or with other sources of heat. Once heat is applied to stains, it sets stains in, making it nearly impossible to remove them.

GRASS

Grass probably tops the list as one of the most common summer stains.

Pretreat grass stains with a quality, heavy-duty liquid detergent or a stain remover that’s full of enzymes. This will help the stain disintegrate before you wash it. Gently work the stain remover or detergent in with a soft brush and let it sit for around 15 minutes or so.

Then, wash the garment in the warmest water allowed according to its label.

If the stain is stubborn and still remains, soak the clothing in warm water and non-chlorine bleach for several hours.

Wash it again and hang dry.

Alternately use Carbona Stain Devils Spotter for GRASS. Use according to directions.

BARBECUE SAUCE

Barbecue stains can be stubborn, but with a little effort, they can be removed.

Flush the stain with cold water by holding it under the faucet and letting a strong stream of water run through it.

Next, pretreat it with a liquid laundry detergent, and gently dab the detergent into the stain. Let stand for a few minutes, then, rinse well with cool water.

If any stain remains, use a sponge soaked with white vinegar and dab the stain again. Remember, not to rub it in and only gently work it in.

Still got a stain?  Give it a spray of hydrogen peroxide and work in a little baking soda.  Allow to sit 5 – 10 minutes, then flush and launder as usual.

POPSICLE AND ICE CREAM STAINS

Popsicle and ice cream stains can be banished with these easy tips.

 Let clothes soak for 30 minutes in cold water, which is great to keep bright colors like reds and purples from setting and making a permanent mark.

After the item has soaked, pretreat with a stain remover or use Fels Naptha Bar Soap and then wash in the warmest water that’s safe for the article of clothing, according to the tag.

Hang or lay flat to dry.

 BERRIES

Thankfully, berry stains are easier to deal with than you think.

Flush the stains with cool water, then mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with one-half teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent mixed into a quart of cold water.

Soak the garment or stains in the mixture for 15 minutes. Then, rinse well.

Finally, wash the garment in an appropriate bleach, chlorine bleach for white articles of clothing and non-chlorine bleach for colored garments.  Make sure the clothes can handle either according to their care tags.

Hang or lay flat to dry.

SWEAT

Sweat is often caused by a chain reaction between aluminum-based deodorants and our bodies.

Soak your top in a solution of two cups of warm water and one cup of white vinegar for at least a half hour.

Then, make a paste from one-half cup of baking soda, a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, and a tablespoon of salt. Take the shirt out of the warm vinegar water and squeeze the liquid out.

Lay the shirt flat on a surface covered with a towel and put some of the baking soda mixture over the stains. The mixture should lift the stain after allowing it to sit for about 20 minutes.

Then, wash the article of clothing as you normally would. If it’s a white clothing item that will tolerate bleach, add bleach to the wash cycle. Hang or lay flat to dry.

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