Summer is here and with it comes the fun and the sun. However, along with all the joyful outdoor activities, the season also brings its fair share of stains. From sweat and sunscreen to ice cream and grass, summer stains can be quite a hassle to deal with. But fret not! With the right techniques and some know-how, you can easily remove those pesky stains and keep your clothes looking pristine all season long. In this blog, we’ll share tips and tricks to help you tackle the most common summer stains.
Sweat stains are one of the most common and toughest stains to deal with, but don’t let that discourage you from enjoying the season. To remove sweat stains, apply a mixture of baking soda and water to the affected area and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then, rinse and wash the garment with an enzymatic detergent, which breaks down the protein in sweat. For stubborn stains, try rubbing some white vinegar on the area before washing.
Sunscreen stains can be tough to remove as they often leave an oily residue on clothes. For these stains, try applying a pre-wash stain remover to the affected area before washing the garment. You can also try soaking the garment in a mixture of warm water and a bit of dish soap for 30 minutes. Do not put the garment in the dryer until the stain is completely gone.
Grass stains are common in summer, especially with kids playing outdoors. To remove grass stains, mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Apply the mixture to the affected area and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before washing the garment. You can also try using a laundry detergent with enzymes to break down the chlorophyll in the grass stain.
Dirt & Sand Stains
Removing sand stains from washable fabrics can be a breeze with a few easy steps. Start by shaking out as much sand as possible – prior to washing the clothes. Say goodbye to sand stains in a few simple steps:
- Remove as much sand as possible by blotting the affected area with a clean cloth.
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water. Spray this solution onto the stain and wait for 10-15 minutes.
- Add a small amount of laundry detergent to the stained area and rub it gently.
- If the stain is still visible, use OxiClean or Shout stain remover and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Mix 1/2 cup of borax and warm water. Apply this solution to the stain and wait for another 10-15 minutes.
- If the stain remains, mix equal parts of lemon juice and water and apply it to the area. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Rinse the area with water and if the stain persists, apply a small amount of ammonia and wait for a few minutes.
Wash the garment with the warmest water recommended on the care label. Say hello to your stain-free clothes!
Ice Cream Stains
Ice cream stains are quite common during the summer, but they are easy to remove if dealt with promptly. First, scrape off any excess ice cream from the garment. Then, rinse the affected area with cold water and apply a pre-wash stain remover. Wash the garment as usual in cold water. For extra tough stains, try rubbing some lemon juice on the area before washing.
Summer is a wonderful time of year, but the stains that come with it can prove to be quite difficult to tackle. With the helpful tips and tricks mentioned in this blog post, you'll have no trouble dealing with summer stains and keeping your clothes fresh and clean. Don't forget to be especially mindful of your washing machine as well - use Wash Warrior™ deep cleaning tablets regularly for optimal performance. With proper stain removal techniques and regular maintenance, you'll have no issue keeping your clothes fresh throughout these long summer days!