Summer Time means Summer Stains

Ketchup & Mustard

Summer Time is coming and this means playing outdoors, family BBQ’s, arts and crafts projects and more clothing stains.  As a parent, I find my kids clothes must be magnets for stains!  While at Rock Bottom T-Shirts our prices are so low that you could just buy your kid a new shirt, we thought we’d offer you some at-home tips on how to salvage your summer wear!

  1. Blot up the stain as quickly as possible.
  2. Sponge the stain with cool water.
  3. Work a little liquid detergent into the stain gently with your fingers.
  4. Rinse in cool water.
  5. Repeat until stain is gone then launder per care label instructions.
  6. Never dry a garment in the dryer until you are sure the stain is fully removed. This will set the stain permanently, and it will never be completely removed.
  7. For mustard, some experts recommend washing the garment in a mixture of 1 tsp ammonia and 1 pint warm water.  Before doing this, though, test the garment for color fastness as ammonia can remove color from a garment.
Grass
  1. Make a paste of powdered enzyme laundry detergent.
  2. Apply to the stain.
  3. Let sit in a warm place for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the paste.
  5. With an eye dropper, apply a solution of one part white vinegar or ammonia to two parts water (again test for colorfastness first).
  6. Blot until all traces of stain have been removed.
  7. Rinse in cool water, and launder per care label instructions.
Blood
  1. Treat stain as soon as possible, before it has time to dry.
  2. If the blood hasn’t dried, cold water should remove the stain.
  3. If a blood stain has dried, gently scrape off the excess dried blood.
  4. Place a clean, dry cloth underneath the blood stain and blot with a mixture of warm water and liquid laundry detergent. Continue to blot using a clean area of the dry cloth.
  5. Do not rub the stain as you do not want the stain to spread or become embedded.
  6. If the blood stain is still present, do not allow the area to dry.
  7. Continue to treat with wet products until the stain is completely removed and launder per care label instructions.
  8. This may require soaking the stain for a number of hours.
  9. Depending on the type of fabric, ammonia applied with a cotton swab may also remove the stain, but do not use ammonia on silk or wool.
  10. Other household products used for blood stain removal include hairspray and hydrogen peroxide.
Grease
  1. If you begin the grease stain removal process right away, your chances for success are much greater.
  2. Blot any excess liquid from the material first with a clean dry towel.
  3. Mix 1 Cup Cold Water and ¼ Cup Dawn Dishwashing Detergent (The grease stain removal agents in the Dawn will help to work the stain out quicker.)
  4. Continue to blot until stain is removed and launder per care label instructions.
Soda Pop
  1. Mix ¼ cup Hydrogen peroxide with 3 cups of water.
  2. Using a spray bottle, spray on and let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse with a mixture of ¼ cup of white vinegar and 3/4 cup of cold water.
  4. Blot dry and launder per care label instructions.

For more great stain removal tips visit doityourself.com.  And when that doesn’t work, visit us at RockBottomT-Shirts.com for some new duds!

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