Here at SHUKR, we love natural fabrics. Natural is wonderful, but it comes with a learning curve--like, learning the best ways to remove stains! After carefully selecting your ideal wardrobe of modest clothing, the pain of a ruined skirt from spilled coffee is not one we want our customers to go through. So, here is a general list of simple rules about removing stains from your favorite clothes:
1. Fortune favors the bold! Deal with the stain immediately--the longer it stays, the harder it is to remove.
2. Always treat the stain before throwing it in the washer--not afterward.
3. Use finesse, not force. This means blotting gently, not rubbing.
4. Try to avoid synthetic stain removers as these can damage natural fabrics.
The following household items are great stain removers:
1. Vinegar/Lemon juice (good for berries, coffee, ink, mildew, mold, perfume, tomato sauce)
2. Milk (good for ink stains)
3. Rubbing alcohol (good for ink, lipstick)
4. Hydrogen Peroxide (good for blood, chocolate, herbs like tumeric, mustard)
5. Baby powder (good for cooking oil, olive oil)
6. Your freezer (you can freeze gum, crayons, and candle wax to pull it off)
7. Shampoo (good for perspiration, ring around the collar, as it is designed to remove the body's oils)
Some quick notes on stain removal: For crayons and candle wax, try first freezing the stain. Then while it's still frozen, remove the residue, and pull off the wax. Next, heat an iron, cover the wax stain with an absorbent cloth, and melt the wax onto the absorbent cloth.
For oil, you need to move quickly! Cover with the stain with baby powder immediately and allow it to sit at least 30 minutes. Then brush the powder off, apply some detergent, and wash in the hottest water the fabric can tolerate.