Have you ever stood at your washer looking at a stain only to realize you have no laundry stain remover? Have you looked at the same stain and know that once it is washed and dried the chances of you getting that stain out is slim?
As a seasoned laundress and very frugal homemaker I have relied on my kitchen cupboard to solve almost any laundry stain. All it takes is a little education and you are good to tackle any stain your family can throw at you.
Fresh Grease = Salt
Salts absorbent quality is the reason you can treat fresh grease. Sprinkle enough salt on the stain to cover the entire spot. When it dries, brush it off, and you will brush most of the stain with it. You can loosen an old stain by rubbing salt into the stain before washing as usual.
Friut Juice or Rust Stains = Lemon Juice
Diluted or straight, lemon juice is a safe treatment for juice or rust stains.
Milk, Blood or Chocolate = Meat Tenderizer
To treat a fresh stain, sprinkle enough tenderizer on the stain to cover it and let it sit for an hour. Brush off the old tenderizer and wash as usual. For a set stain, make a paste of 2 to 3 drops of water and 1 teaspoon of tenderizer and work into the stain. Let it sit for an hour and then wash as usual.
Wine = Club Soda or Seltzer Water
Immediatley pour club soda seltzer over the stain, then blot it with a clean paper towel. Wash as soon as possible.
Soda = Rubbing Alcohol
Soak the affected area immediately in cold water, apply rubbing alcohol to the stain and wash as usual.
Ink or Lipstick = Hair Spray
To get rid of the lipstick or a ink stain on fabric, coat the area with hair spray. Let it sit for a couple minutes, then carefully wipe off the excess hair spray.
Ring Around the Collar = Chalk
When you get rings around the collar of a white or light-colored cotton shirt, just rub a piece of white chalk into the stain and let sit overnight. Wash as usual the next day. The chalk will absorb most of the stain.