After years of of collecting donations I've realized that people are extremely lazy about stains... LOL! Most of the items that I get with stains on them come right out with simple pretreatment. There are rarely items that require elbow grease and when they do there are several easy ways to do this.
To the left you'll notice some of the home remedies for commonly found stains. However some of these can be a bit dangerous when you have delicate clothing. Be careful but I'd definitely give it a try before you donate items.
For effective ways to remove stains that involve more gentle items I would try the following:
- Oxi Clean pre-treatment
- Laundry detergent pre-treatment. Rub a bit on the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes before washing.
- Try vinegar, baking soda, and/or a mixture of the two.
- For body fluids try spit. I know it sound gross but the enzymes in
the saliva help to break down things like blood and other body fluids. Peroxide can also be effective.
Overall the earlier you treat a stain the more effective these methods will be so don't let it sit. However, if you do all is not lost. Try leaving the pre-treatment on the clothing a little bit longer if the stain has had a chance to set. Youtube and other blogs are also a great source for tips for specific types of stain removal. Try some of these and I'm pretty sure many of your favorite clothing items will thank you for it.
Happy Stain Removing Thrifters!