12 tricky clothes stains – and how to remove them

12 tricky clothes stains – and how to remove them

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Whether your kids’ clothes are plastered in mud after a day outside, or you’ve spilled beetroot on your favourite blouse, don’t panic! Just follow the instructions below and your laundry will be clean in no time.

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We’ve all been there. Your kids come home from school, nursery or a playdate with their lovely once-clean clothes covered in stains. Or you’re out for a rare date night in your favourite frock and you spill sauce all over it.

Don’t worry – the trick with stains is to act immediately and to soak them, to lift off as much as possible. It’s important to use cold water for this – heat will just ‘set’ the stain. First, check your the laundry labels in your clothes to make sure they won’t get damaged. They can be confusing though, so demystify all those symbols with our guide to laundry symbols.

And make sure your detergent has stain removing qualities. Did you know that up to 70% of dirt can be invisible, so you need a high-quality detergent with deep cleaning properties. Ariel Allin1 Pods deliver super concentrated cleaning power and powerful technologies that tackle a wide range of stains for a deep hygienic clean. And if you want that little extra hit of hygiene, try the extraordinary cleaning power of Ariel Allin1 Pods +OXI.

Try these top tips on removing common food and drink stains, and see what a difference they make to your family’s wardrobe.

1. Beetroot / blackcurrant / coffee / fruit / tea / wine

  1. Soak for one hour in cold water.
  2. Then use the pre-treat cap to apply Ariel Washing Liquid to the stain, and leave for a few minutes.
  3. Wash as normal according to the fabric care label.

2. Tar and beach oil

  1. Scrape off as much of the stain as possible.
  2. Soften the remainder with margarine or butter.
  3. Wipe away with a clean rag.
  4. Treat any remaining stain with tar cleaner.
  5. Then wash as normal according to the fabric care label.

3. Tomato / ketchup / sauce

  1. Soak for one hour in cold water.
  2. Use the pre-treat cap to apply Ariel Washing Liquid to the stain, and leave for a few minutes. Then wash as normal according to the fabric care label.

4. Nail varnish

  1. Use nail varnish remover or acetone to clean off the stain. This works on all fabrics except synthetics.
  2. Then wash as normal according to the fabric care label.

5. Butter / cooking oil / grease / lipstick / margarine / mascara / shoe polish / sunscreen

  1. Pre-treat with Ariel Washing Liquid and leave for one hour.
  2. Then wash at the hottest temperature allowed on the fabric care label.

6. Glue / adhesive

  1. Use nail varnish remover except on synthetic fabrics such as acetates.
  2. Then wash according to the fabric care label.

7. Chocolate / chocolate pudding / cream / egg / grass / ice cream / jam / mayonnaise / milk / curry / chilli / mustard

  1. Pre-treat with Ariel Washing Liquid, using the special cap to apply direct to the stain. Leave for a few minutes.
  2. Then wash as normal according to the fabric care label.

8. Iron / mould / rust

  1. For all fabrics except wool or silk, sprinkle salt and lemon juice on the stain.
  2. Leave overnight before washing as normal.
  3. For heavier stains, use a rust remover.
  4. Then wash as normal according to the fabric care label.

9. Blood

  1. If the stain is fresh, rinse immediately with cold water, then wash with Ariel Allin1 Pods according to the fabric care label. For an extra hit of hygiene, use Ariel Allin1 Pods +OXI.
  2. For an older, more stubborn stain, brush away any excess and apply Ariel Washing Liquid directly to the stain. Leave for a few minutes, then soak in water containing Ariel Washing Liquid for two hours, and then wash as normal, according to the fabric care label.

10. Grass

  1. First try washing as normal with Ariel Allin1 Pods.
  2. For stubborn stains, pre-treat with Ariel Washing Liquid, then wash as normal according to the fabric care label.

11. Candle wax

  1. Peel off any surface wax.
  2. Sandwich the fabric with blotting paper or a kitchen towel.
  3. Use a warm iron to press down on the back of the fabric – the wax will melt into the paper.
  4. Wash as normal according to the fabric care label

12. Paint

  1. For stains from water-based latex, acrylic, emulsion and school paints, rinse while still wet in running water, then wash as normal according to the fabric care label.
  2. For oil-based paint and varnish, sponge with white spirit or paintbrush cleaner, then wash as normal according to the fabric care label.

Why not visit our Laundry homepage for more ideas about dealing with your household washing?

Do you have any failsafe techniques for sorting out stains?
Let us know in the comments box below.

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