Sustainable fashion: How to remove stains on clothes

A big part of becoming more sustainable with our consumption is to take good care of what we already have. 

We've all had that mini heart attack when we spilled red wine on a white shirt, or dropped that oily fried chicken on our skirt. To all you clumsy ladies (and mums, of course), here's our cheat sheet to remove various stains from your clothes!

 

Remove wine stains

As soon as you noticed the spill, attack the stain immediately. 

Gently blot the stain with a paper towel, but don't go crazy. Just do enough to absorb most of the stain.

Then mix 3 parts of hydrogen peroxide (it's a worthwhile investment — you can find it at local pharmacy, it only costs a few bucks) and 1 part dishwashing liquid. Apply the mixture onto the stain and let it sit for 20 to 60 minutes.

Blot clean your item. Once the stain looks a lot more faded, fully wash out the mixture.

Remove wine stain

 

Remove deodorant stains

Deodorant stain tends to be noticed a lot longer after the fact. So be patient as you go through this process.

Mix 1 part water, 1 part hydrogen peroxide (see, told you this was a worthwhile investment), and 1 part baking soda into a thick paste.

Rub the mixture onto affected areas and leave for at least 15 minutes. Use a clean toothbrush to scrub, and repeat the process if needed, before washing as usual.

How to remove deodorant stain from clothes

 

Remove ink stains

Getting ink on your clothes might not happen as frequently today as it used to in the past, but it does happen. 

In this case, place the stain over the mouth of a jar or glass, and hold the fabric taut. Drip alcohol or cleaning liquid through the stain so the ink will drop into the container as it's being removed. Remember to keep the fabric taut while doing this to increase your chance of removing the ink.

Wash throughly after.

Remove ink stains

 

Remove oil stains

Those of you spending some time in the kitchen would know how annoying it is to get oil stains on your clothes.

To remove oil stains, sprinkle baking soda over the affected areas, covering them completely. Let sit for at least 30 minutes so the baking soda can "absorb" the oil.

Place your item of clothing in a bucket of hot water. Stir in a few more tablespoons of baking soda. Leave for another half hour. 

Wash as usual.

How to remove oil stains from clothes

 

Remove egg stains

Move quickly with this one. Spoon and wipe away the egg, then use sponge to apply cold water. Apply liquid detergent, then soak in cold water. Check and repeat.

How to remove egg stain