Sunny Spring weather means more outdoor time for kids. Great for their well-being, tough on their clothes.
Here’s how to get rid of outside playtime stains on everything your kids wear:
Before you get started:
– Important: Be sure to check the product label to make sure the fabric can tolerate the treatments and temperatures in these suggestions.
– The dryer will set in most stains, so if stains don’t come out, try washing again before drying.
– Do not use these methods on clothing that requires dry cleaning – take to a professional.
Here are the biggest Springtime stain dilemmas and their treatments:
How to Remove Grass Stains:
This is one of the hardest stains to remove. Pre-treat with a product that contains enzymes. Presoak for half an hour in warm water with a powder detergent that contains enzymes. Wash in the hottest water the material can tolerate. If the clothing is white and the material is okay with bleach, add carefully to the wash cycle per the product directions. Repeat wash process necessary before drying. The dryer will set in these stains.
How to Remove Dirt and Mud Stains:
Let mud dry and then scrape it off gently with a toothbrush. If you try to wipe off wet mud, the stain can become ground into fabric fibers. Rub a few drops of liquid dish soap onto the stain on both sides of the fabric before putting in the washer on a warm water cycle. If the dirt is already set in, try applying heavy duty hand cleaner to both sides of the fabric and rubbing the stain in a circular motion with a toothbrush. Set for an hour. Wash in warm water on a longer than typical agitation cycle. If the stain hasn’t come out, try a stain remover stick, gel or spray and wash again.
How to Remove Barbeque Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Chocolate Stains:
If you’re there when it happens, scrape off excess sauce and blot with a dry, white napkin or wash cloth. Don’t rub! That will make it worse. When nothing further will lift on the dry cloth, use a wet, white cloth and blot until no more will lift. Run cold water through the back of the stain. Gently rub prewash stain remover, hand soap, dish detergent or liquid laundry detergent into the stain, with a circular motion. If the clothing is white or can tolerate bleach, try applying hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar or lemon juice with a sponge. Machine-wash in warm water with detergent.
How to Remove Fruit Stains:
Blot (don’t scrub) with clean cloth, working from the outside in to remove as much fruit stain as possible and keep from spreading. Soak in very cold water for at least 30 minutes. Apply white vinegar or baking soda to remaining stain, unless it’s cranberry juice, in which case you should use 3% hydrogen peroxide, followed by ammonia unless the clothing is wool or other fabric that will be damaged by these treatments. Soak the stained garment in cold water about 30 minutes. (Using hot water will set the stain.) Lightly apply white vinegar to the remaining stain and let sit for 30 machines. Machine-wash the garment with bleach safe for the fabric.
How to Remove Sidewalk Chalk Stains:
Blot stain with rubbing alcohol, followed by liquid dish soap. Let set for at least 10 minutes. Pop into the washer on a warm water setting.
How to Remove Blood Stains:
If the stain is still wet, apply diluted hydrogen peroxide or a paste made with salt and water. Soak the clothing in cold water as quickly as possible. If the blood stain has dried, try rubbing it with toothpaste, pretreat or soak in warm water and an enzyme detergent. Machine-wash as usual. If the stain remains, try a bleach product that the fabric can tolerate.
Always make sure to check the care label for information about the fabric and fiber and use the water temperature and other directions that are recommended.
If clothing didn’t come with care directions:
Fabrics such as denim, cotton, linen, nylon, acrylic, polyester and spandex are usually washable.
Fabrics such as acetate, rayon, silk, triacetate and wool are usually not washable. Take these fabrics and any special clothing – even if it should be washable – to a dry cleaner for treatment.
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