Treat the stain before it sets. Brush away any solids with a smooth edge and then blot the liquids with a clean white cloth from the outside in to prevent spreading. Treat the stain before washing and ensure that the stain is removed before exposing to heat (in the drying process). The heat will set the stain into the fabric. Try getting your stained garment into a normal wash immediately, and it’s more likely to come out spotless.
Gently blot the stain with a clean cloth or towel. Don’t rub it, as this will push the stain further into the fibres – just use a gentle pressure to remove any stains.
Wash the whites separately in hot water. Use hot water and some lemon slices. Soak for up to an hour and then launder as usual. Hanging laundry in the sun also adds to the natural bleaching process.
Spot-clean rugs and carpeting as soon as stains occur, and consider deep clean once or twice a year. Use specialised services for the latter.
Special clothing (e.g. suede) and delicate fabrics should be left to professional handling. Dry cleaning can also address difficult or heavily soiled garments.
- Apply deodorants, perfumes, hair products before getting dressed to avoid chemicals that could cause soiling on your garments.
- Wash dark clothes inside out to keep them from fading.
- Keep your sweaters in shape by drying them flat instead of on a hanger.