Everybody has their favourite summer outfits and everybody hates when a spot ruins the garment. Summer hides a lot of risks of accidents and spills so we decided to share with you how to deal even the most stubborn and difficult to remove stains. In the first part of this article, we shared with you how to remove grass, mud, berries and ice cream from your summer garments. Today we are posting some more tips on how to clean various stains in order to save your clothes this summer.
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Nothing can ruin a white cotton T-shirt more than a yellowish stain from a deodorant around the armpits. And unlike the most stains, these spots cannot be removed using only strong laundry detergent, but require specific products and cleaning approach. Check how to remove the unsightly deodorant stain and save your favourite summer white clothes from being thrown in the trash!
- Soak the T-shirt in cold water for at least 15 minutes to loosen the antiperspirant’s bond with the fabric. Never use hot water when pre-soaking deodorant stain because it will help the product stick to the fibres, making it difficult to remove.
- Apply a generous amount of enzyme cleaner onto the deodorant stain directly with your fingers. Dab gently so the product can soak in the fibres. Just as with stains on carpets and upholstery, never scrub the area, just blot. Rinse.
- Wash the garment in the washing machine and set it to the hottest temperature, that wouldn’t ruin the fabric.
Bonus tip: You can try organic or natural brands deodorants, as they are gentler to the fabric of your clothes and usually don’t leave such stubborn and hard to remove stains.
Sweating is a completely normal process and helps your body cool down when you are under stress or when the weather is too hot. In fact, the more you sweat, the better during the summer heat. However, no matter how healthier this function is, nobody likes to be soaking wet, not to mention – to have a favourite top or T-shirt ruined by these unsightly spots. Here is how to deal with sweat stains and prevent them from becoming permanent.
- Pre-soak the garment in cold water. This step is very important – try to soak your top before the sweat has dried. This will prevent for the stain to set in. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda onto the garment to remove the unpleasant smell.
- Use high-quality laundry detergent for removing sweat from coloured fabric. After soaking the garment, apply liquid detergent onto the stain let it sit for 15 minutes, then wash the garment as usual.
- To remove sweat from white clothes without leaving yellowish traces on the fabric, soak the garment for 30 minutes into a solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part of cold water. Rinse well with cold water then wash as usual. Hang the clothes to air dry in the sun.
- If your clothes still smell after you washed them, soak the clean garment into a solution from 5 parts cold water and 1 part of white vinegar. Let it sit overnight, then wash as usual. Always dry your clothes well before putting them away to ensure the unpleasant smell won’t re-occur.
Sunscreen is difficult to remove because the product is greasy and can leave a permanent stain if you don’t treat it properly. However, if you use the right cleaning method your summer clothes won’t be ruined.
- If the stain is fresh remove the excess product with a dull knife and blot with a clean cloth to soak as much of the sunscreen as you can.
- Sprinkle the stain with baking soda or corn starch and leave it to sit for 10 minutes – these substances will lift up any remaining oils from the fabric. Brush off the remaining powder.
- Apply stain removal product onto the spot and let it sit like this for 15 minutes.
- Rinse the garment well then launder as usual.
Bronzer and Self-Tanning Lotion
If you also rely on bronzers and self-tanning lotions to get the desired caramel silky tan you know that these beauty products can easily ruin clothes, towels and sheets. Check how to deal with self-tanning lotions and make-up stains.
- If you notice the stain right after it occurs, turn the garment inside out and put it under running water to remove the excess product.
- Apply stain removal product directly onto the fabric.
- Let it stay, as much as recommended on the stain cleaner’s label.
- Rinse with cold water and repeat if necessary.
- Wash the garment as usual.
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