RED STAINS – My Best Removal Tips – As seen on 3TV/Phoenix (Good Morning Arizona) – Monday, March 19, 2018 (8:40am) SEE VIDEO BELOW
Spills Happen. Red Wine, Kool Aid, Marinara or Salsa, even blood. Here’s the best way to remove them. Never put anything in the dryer until you know the stain has been removed. Heat will set the stain making it hard, if not impossible, to remove.
Kool Aid, Red juice or Red Popsicle Spills
For a Kool-Aid stain, apply club soda directly to the stain (enough to cover it completely). Blot with a clean towel until the stain lifts off the clothes or carpet. If any of the stain remains, try adding a bit of undiluted lemon juice to the area and blotting. Rinse with cold water to remove any remaining residue.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Run the garment under cold water.
While the item is still damp, sprinkle baking soda on the spot, followed by a capful of white vinegar. mixture will bubble removing the stain. Repeat if necessary;
Removing Tomato Based Stains like Marinara or Salsa
Remove as much of the excess tomato sauce as possible from the fabric.
If the fabric is washable, run cold water through the back of the stain as quickly as possible. This will force the stain back out through the fabric. Don’t run it through the front of the tomato stain, which will only force it more deeply into your clothing.
Rub liquid laundry detergent into the stained portion of the fabric. Work it into the fabric gently in a circular motion beginning on the outside of the stained area, and working in.
If the garment is white, or you have tested it for colorfastness, apply a mild bleaching agent. Things like hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar applied with a sponge will work. You can also use lemon juice on white fabrics. Rinse well.
Repeat with detergent followed by mild bleaching agent until the stain no longer appears. Hold the stain up to the light to make sure it is fully gone.
Apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray. Allow it to sit for at least 5 minutes while you wait.
Wash normally with detergent. Before drying, double-check the stain. Stains that are dried will often be permanent.
If it remains, rub detergent into the tomato stain. Next, soak in warm water for 30 minutes. Rinse well.
Berry Stains can be very hard to remove. Soak fresh stains in 3 cups of warm water and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap. If the stain remains, here’s what to do.
Stretch the fabric, with the berry stain up, over a bowl and pull it taut holding it with a rubber band. Sprinkle with Twenty Mule Team Borax and pour boiling water through it from a height of 6 inches.
Still got the stain? Soak in a bowl of white vinegar for several hours.
Once the stain is removed, launder as usual.
Removing Blood From Fabric
Now if you have a lot of blood in clothes, perhaps laundry is not your biggest problem.
Wet the stain with cold water
If the stain is fresh and still wet, soak fabric in cold water immediately.
Rub with soap
If it’s a small amount of your own blood (such as a pin prick), your saliva will remove it. Apply saliva, let sit a minute or so and then flush with cool water. NOTE: It must be your own blood and your own saliva to work. The enzymes in your saliva break down the protein in your blood.
Rub the stain well with a bar of soap, lathering gently. I like Fels Naptha or Zote Soap. Find both in the laundry spotter aisle. Work it in well and then flush with cool water to see that the stain is removed.
For white, light-colored or colorfast fabrics pour hydrogen peroxide through it. Peroxide breaks down the proteins in blood and removes it. If in doubt, test the peroxide in an inconspicuous area to be sure it doesn’t damage the color.
Removing Red Wine
For a fresh spill I always told you to pour white wine on red wine to remove it. It still is a good method, but I have now found that vodka works even faster. Just pour it on and blot, blot, blot.
As soon as you stain your carpet or clothes with red wine, blot as much of it as you can with a paper towel, and then cover the entire stain with salt until you can’t see the red wine stain anymore. Let the salt soak into the wet stain and then dry. As the salt dries, it should suck up the stain. Then, simply vacuum everything up. Spot clean if needed. I like Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover. Find it in the cleaning aisle.
A Mixture of Dawn And Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix together equal parts Dawn dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide. Pour the mixture over the wine stain and allow it to soak in. You should see the stain begin to fade almost immediately. After you have allowed the mixture to soak into the stain, launder the clothing normally. This trick works best on light colored clothes, as hydrogen peroxide has a tendency to bleach.
Boiling Water (Great for a tablecloth)
Boil water in a tea kettle. While you’re boiling the water, find a large glass bowl and place it in the sink. Then stretch the portion of the fabric that has the stain on it over bowl and secure it with a rubber band. The fabric should be taut. When the water boils, pour it from a height over six inches above the stain directly on to the fabric. The stain should wash out. Use care with the boiling water.
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