Surely you’ve dropped a colored sock into white clothes or heavily stained a light-colored fabric. Such a mishap is reversible – we will show you proven methods for stained clothes. Thanks to them they will regain their former shine and color.
Washing new clothes in intense colors
If there are new clothes in your closet with intense colors, you can avoid staining. The easiest way is to wash them separately. Over time, dyes lose their strength, but before that happens, separate your new items and wash them at low temperatures.
If you absolutely have to set the laundry and don’t want to waste water on just one item, soak the new clothes in cold water with a splash of spirit vinegar before washing. You will need ¼ cup of vinegar per soak. Vinegar stabilizes the dyes, so the color will maintain its intensity and the clothes will not stain. After soaking, you can wash them in the washing machine according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Staining with spirit vinegar
Vinegar will not only work for new clothes – it’s also ideal for stained fabrics. Just like protecting new clothes from staining, when discoloration occurs, spirit vinegar will definitely do the trick. Combine a bowl of cold water – about 5 liters, with a glass of vinegar. Mix both ingredients and soak the discolored clothes for several hours. You can leave them overnight in the bowl of water and vinegar. In the morning, wash them in the washing machine as usual.
Lemon juice and stains on clothes
Lemon juice is also perfect for stained clothes. It is especially useful when discoloration has occurred on white shirts or underwear. Squeeze the juice of 3 large lemons into a bowl of water and soak the fabric in it. For better results, add some salt to enhance the stain removing action of the lemon.
Egg shells for discoloration
To make your clothes regain their former color, you can use eggshells for washing. Crush them and put them in a linen bag. Then place it in the washing machine together with your clothes. This method will work perfectly for light fabrics that have darkened.
Baking powder for faded colors
If your clothes have a bit of a faded color or are stained, baking powder or baking soda will be perfect to improve this condition. Put about two tablespoons of the product into the washing machine, then put the clothes in and use the rinse liquid or washing powder as usual. Wash at a low temperature of 30 degrees maximum. Otherwise, the clothes may deform or shrink.
Bay leaf – discoloration killer
Bay leaves are most often added to soups or meats, so they are not associated with washing clothes. The method of dyeing fabrics with the help of this spice was known even by our grandmothers. This method has several steps, but it gives very good results, so it is worth your time.
To begin with, you need to boil water along with bay leaves. You will need about 5-6 leaves per liter of water to lift the stains. After boiling them, set the pot of water aside and wait for it to cool down. Soak your clothes in slightly warm water with bay leaves and leave it for several minutes. Then, wash them as usual.
After washing them, soak them again, this time in water mixed with a measure of washing powder and one teaspoon of baking powder. The second soak should last several hours. After this time, wash the clothes again. To be sure, you can set the double rinse mode.
How about bleach?
Bleaches are chemical agents, which can be used for more durable fabrics. However, they should be used with caution. Don’t use more bleach than recommended. Bleach can also damage some types of fabrics that are delicate (wool, muslin, silk, linen). It will, on the other hand, be ideal for cotton.
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