Everybody has tried spilling something on their clothes. Most of us have also felt our stomachs sink when the stain on our blouse hasn’t been removed in the washing machine. But fear not! This doesn’t have to be the end for your favorite blouse.
Keep on reading to find out what you can do to save your blouse.
Remember to always check and follow the washing instructions on the care label in your clothes.
When you’re home:
Start off by seeing if you can remove the stain by just rinsing it under cold running water. You can also gently use a soft and moist dish sponge, which, if you’re lucky, may just remove the stain right away.
If that doesn't completely remove the stain then take a moistened kitchen towel or a wet cloth along with neutral laundry soap. We of course recommend Humdakin’s laundry soap, because it’s without dyes, parabens or harsh preservatives. Gently dab the moistened area with laundry soap. Rinse the area off with cold running water or a wet towel.
If the stain turns out to be stubborn and is still visible, try dabbing more laundry soap on the stain and throw it in the washing machine.
If the stain is stubborn or from something fat or oil based use a neutral dish soap, just like the Humdakin dish soap. Wet the area of the stain with cold water and gently rub dish soap into the material where the stain is. Let this sit for around 5 hours, whereafter you rinse and check if the stain is gone. If it is not completely gone, do this one more time. After the second round rinse the item with cold water and put it in the washing machine. This should help with even the most stubborn of stains.
When you’re out and about:
Even if you’re not at home when disaster strikes you can still save your blouse! Get the stain wet with cold water and use neutral hand soap from the nearest bathroom. Carefully rub the soap on the spot and rinse with cold water. The most important thing is to continue keeping the stain slightly moist so it’s not able to settle in the fabric. As the final step, dab a little bit of the neutral hand soap on the stain and rinse once you get home.
Don’t make these mistakes:
- Don’t use warm water when trying to remove a stain! First off, the warm water helps tie the stain to the material. Secondly, the water from the faucet can easily be warmer than the max temperature suggested on the care label in the clothing item. A few stain types may need warm water to be removed, but do some research online about the type of stain before using warm water.
- When starting to remove a stain, make sure your first step is always rinsing with cold water. Do not apply soap or dish soap to a dry area.
- Dab and rub carefully! You can ruin the material and the weave by rubbing the moist area too hard.
- The more delicate fabrics such as wool, cashmere and silk cannot tolerate just any kind of stain removal treatment. Use only laundry soap made specifically for these materials and rub it gently on the stain. If this does not help, take the item to a dry cleaner.