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23 May 2014

Removing Children’s stains!

Having kids is obviously a beautiful thing, but removing the stains that they seem to amass daily really isn't! If you are sick and tired of trying to work out how best to get rid of a stain, and then finding that the technique you settled on actually made things worse, then you should have a look over the following guide to removing stains that a typical of kids’s clothing. Whether it is grass staining from playing football in uniform, or strawberry jam stains from teatime, everything needs a little individual treatment, and it is all simple to do if you know how! Be sure to arm yourself with the appropriate tools for the job, and get yourself clued up on the ways in which to deal with such things, and you will have absolutely no reason to ever have to put up with a stain again!

stains removingFor a start, all young boys seem to come back from school or friends’ houses with grass stains on their trousers, so how do you get them out easily and effectively? Your secret ingredient is ‘digestive enzymes’ that can be bought from a health foods shop quite easily. They are available as a pill or a powder and are meant for human use, but if you make up a paste with water (you can grind the pills down) and apply the paste to the grass stains, then the digestive part of the enzyme eats away at the stain, leaving you with grass free clothes! Leave the paste on the clothing to set for an hour, as this will give the enzyme it;s chance to work.

For tea time stains like fruit jam, try using white vinegar. Cover the stain with the vinegar and leave it for half an hour or so. The vinegar contains acid, which will eat away at the stain, lifting it out of the fabric. After half an hour, blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel to lift any of the removed pigment out, and apply more vinegar. Wash the garment as you normally would, unless you think that the stain is far from being removed, in which case only wash it on a cold wash. Heat can ‘cook’ stains in to fabric, so you should check when it comes out of the wash that you are sure it is gone before putting anything in the dryer. If the stain is still not shifted, then you should make up a paste of equal parts flour and water, which should then be applied to both sides of the stain, and pressed between two heavy items. The flour and water will soak the stain away from the fabric, removing it. Repeat the process until all residue is removed.

If your little one gets in to some trouble and has a nose bleed or a cut knee, they will probably get over it pretty quickly. However, their clothes will not, so get them out of the garment as soon as possible, and soak it in cold salty water. The salt should pull the stain from the fabric, but if that does not work then dab at the stain with hydrogen peroxide. Whilst the peroxide should not be a problem, it can remove certain dyes, so be sure to try it out on a hidden part of the clothing first, like under a hem. A combination of the two methods should work wonders, and the stain will be vanished in no time!

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