Removing Stains and Odors
Remove lipstick from clothes by rubbing in some shortening. Rinse the area with club soda.
To remove ink from clothing: put a cleaning towel under the clothing item. Soak the ink stain with hair spray. The ink will leave the clothing and go onto the cleaning towel instead.
Remove ink with lemon juice, and cream of tartar. Put cream of tartar onto the stain and squeeze a few drops of lemon juice on top of it. Rub the mixture into the stain for a minute, brush off the powder with a clean brush, then wipe with a sponge of warm water immediately. Repeat if needed.
Moisten an ink stain with vinegar, then apply vinegar and cornstarch mixed up as a paste. Let the paste dry. Wash as usual.
Remove spit-up stains, even many old ones, with automatic dishwashing powder mixed with water. Make it into a paste, and spread it thickly over stains. Let set overnight. Wash as usual.
Hydrogen peroxide bubbles blood out of clothes. Don't forget the item and leave it in the hydrogen peroxide for hours or it could make the material thin in that spot.
Presoak laundry with 1/2 cup of borax in the washer. Let set for 30 to 60 minutes, then wash.
Remove perspiration stains with vinegar. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water. Saturate the stain, let set for 1/2 hour, then wash as ususal.
Remove perspiration stains with salt. Add 4 tablespoons of salt to 1 quart of hot water, and soak the item in the mixture for 1/2 hour. Wash as usual.
Perspiration odors remaining in clothes can be removed with hot water (unless the label says to not use hot). Adding 1/2 cup of vinegar to the wash cycle will help deodorize even more.
To stinky shirts or socks, add a paste of baking soda and water onto the odor area. Let set for 30 minutes, then wash.
Soak stained or stinky socks in 1 gallon of warm water with 1/4 cup of baking soda added to the washer. Soak for 30 minutes. Spin the socks, but don't rinse.
Clothes that were left in the washer too long get a funny smell. Freshen them in the dryer by adding 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
To remove mildew odors from clothes or towels, add 2 cups of vinegar to the wash cycle.
Remove lipstick stains from clothing by soaking them in milk for 30 minutes. Rinse in hot, soapy water. Then, wash as usual.
Lemon rinds will remove mildew, rust and ink.
Remove grass stains with alcohol.
Perspiration stains may be removed by soaking the clothes in ammonia water. Rinse and wash - and do not add bleach to the load.
Remove rust stains with salt. Saturate the spot with vinegar, then rub in salt. Place in the sun to dry, then wash as usual.
Tree sap, juice stains, mustard, ketchup, barbecue sauce, and tar can be removed with glycerin
Spots can be removed from white clothes with lemon juice. Saturate the spots with the lemon juice, then lay the items in the sun. Apply a little more lemon juice just before washing. Do not add bleach to this load.
Remove crayon from clothes with vinegar. Dip a used toothbrush in vinegar and scrub out the crayon. Wash as usual. Do not use bleach in this load.
Remove hair dye from clothes with vinegar. Saturate the stain with vinegar, then add 2 cups vinegar to the wash cycle. Do not use bleach in this load.
Soak mildew stains in a mixture of 1 cup of milk and 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Let the clothing dry in the sun. After they are dry, wash as usual.
Red stains can be removed by pouring alcohol over the stains before washing.
Add salt to club soda and pour over wine, fruit or coffee stains. Then soak in milk, and wash as usual.
Remove grass stains with ammonia and hydrogen peroxide. Add a few drops of ammonia to 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. Rub the mixture into the stain, and rinse with water when the stain is gone.
Hydrogen peroxide will remove chocolate stains.
Get stains out of leather or suede with club soda. Rub it over the stain with a used toothbrush.
Remove water stains from leather by rubbing it with a cloth dipped in half vinegar and half water.