Struggling to shift that stubborn stain from your favourite top? Or have the kids been playing havoc in the garden? Whatever your dirty dilemma, we’ve got just the solution to help you wave goodbye to the wine stain and give dirt the boot!
Red wine – don’t let the stain dry! Red wine will become harder to remove later if you don’t treat immediately. If you can, put some salt on the stain as quickly as possible to soak up the red wine. Give your item a good soak in cold water and then wash using powder or tablets, but avoid detergents.
Coffee or tea – again, allow a good soak in cold water – but this time wash with a detergent rather than a powder. If you don’t have water and detergent to hand, white vinegar is a good alternative. Mix one teaspoon of vinegar in cold water, then spray onto the stain, before blotting it up. Baking soda is also great for removing tea and coffee stains – sprinkle a teaspoon onto a wet cloth and then gently rub the stain, before rinsing off.
Beer or lager – mix together one part vinegar with four parts water and dab onto your stain. Rinse thoroughly and then wash as normal.
Cooking oil or fat – these are always a pain to get rid of! The best thing to do is pre-treat the clothes with Ariel Excel Gel for about an hour and then wash on the hottest temperature you can according to the care label. Alternatively, try the Dr. Beckmann Stain Devils Stain Kit – one of the bottles is specially formulated to treat cooking oil and fat stains.
Blackcurrant juice, beetroot juice or fruit stains – give your clothes a good soak in cold water for about an hour and then wash with a powder such as Persil Bio Laundry Powder or tablets like Surf Fabric Wash Capsules (avoid detergents).
Ice cream, jam or chocolate – pop some washing powder into warm water and leave to soak, then wash as normal. You could even pop a scoop of Wilko Oxi Plus Stain Remover into your wash.
Curry – the biggest culprit in curry stains is turmeric! To get rid of these stains, try rubbing a bar of soap over the stain, give it a light scrub with a soft brush, then pop on the line to dry. You may have to do this a couple of times. If the stain insists on staying, give Vanish Oxi Action Gold Stain Remover a go.
Ketchup or red pasta sauces – these are amongst the worst! Try soaking your item in cold (not warm or hot) water, with a little white vinegar and dishwasher liquid mixed in, for at least half an hour. Rub the spot and rinse. If the stain starts to fade but can still be seen, repeat the process. If all else fails, it’s time for a stain remover such as Shout Trigger Spray.
Chewing gum – this is best removed when it’s hard, so pop your item into a bag in the freezer or put ice on the gum. When it’s hard, break off the gum and then pre-treat the affected area and wash as usual.
Mud – let the mud dry thoroughly to prevent smearing, then try shaking or vacuuming the area to remove the dried clumps. Rub liquid detergent into the stain and allow to soak for 15 minutes. If the stain remains try a stain remover, and wash as usual.