Among many other beneficial properties, alcohol is characterized by its excellent effect. Especially spirit or spirit of wine are true all-purpose cleaners here. In exceptional cases, but really only then, you can also use a high-proof clear schnapps as a substitute.
Hops and malt disappear even without stain salts if you rub the beer stain with warm, diluted vinegar before washing; old stains first soak with a little glycerine. The barley juice is then often already completely removed after the first wash. And the purity requirement is also satisfied.
Butter is a very convenient stain remover: because butter is as easy to remove as bockwurst juice and can even help to remove stubborn grease, tar and resin stains more easily. To do this, spread some butter on these stains. After soaking, you can scrape the stain off and finally simply dab it off with a little house spirit, just like normal grease.
If you see blood, provide the following first aid: immediately wash out with cold water, and then soak in salt water. For old stains before washing will help a little diluted ammonia - against any blood.
Fresh stains from the brown soft drink usually dissolve with the first wash. Against old stains, a little mild detergent on the stain first and then mineral water as a "solvent" helps.
If treated incorrectly, the fine spice quickly develops into a hard problem. Therefore, first treat curry like mayonnaise and mustard: first rinse the stain with lukewarm water and then rub the spot with glycerine, or use cologne, spirit or spirit of wine for sensitive fabrics.
Do not rub the egg, but sprinkle salt over it. You can then brush out the dried stain and dab it with cold water. If the yellow and white from the egg are still visible afterwards, diluted ammonia is recommended.
A mixture of methylated spirits and ammonia on the stain will help. Then remove the rest with lukewarm, clear water.
The traces of a felt-tip pen - like those of a biro - are difficult to remove because the dyes remain stubbornly in the fabric. The bottom line is that it helps if you dissolve the dye, several times if necessary, with a little glycerine or alcohol and turpentine before washing.
Grease reduction is one of the easy chapters of stain removal. A little washing-up liquid or warm soapy water and a machine wash are usually enough. It is advisable to use a liquid detergent, which contains more surfactants than powder detergent and thus removes grease particularly well. Another old household remedy is potato flour, which is first used to soak up the grease and then brushed out. If the stain is still not removed, it can be removed with crystal soda water or by rubbing with soap and then washing as hot as possible. Alternatively, spirit of wine, alcohol or soap-spirit will also work. Only wool can be pre-treated with petrol.
First pour a little mineral water over the stain and then wash the garment normally in the machine. For stubborn stains, add a little liquid mild detergent before washing.
Grass stains are often very stubborn. For those interested in biology: it is due to the plant pigment chlorophyll, which is chemically related to the red blood pigment haemoglobin. It enables plants to photosynthesise and thus use the sun's energy directly. If possible, you should not let the stain dry out. Pre-treat with bile soap or liquid soap, then wash out. White fabrics and non-sensitive fabrics can be treated with bleach afterwards. Another tip: Rub with lemon juice or spirit.
Against greasy skin cream, the same solvents as for butter help at first. For the colour residues, an additional bleaching agent is best. White spirit also helps against skin cream - but better not on the skin, only on the clothes.
milk in the coffee, first dab the brown spot with cold water. Then dab warm glycerine on the stain and wash it out with warm water. If you want to use a little soap in addition, use only bile soap. This will also reduce coffee stains on velvet and silk. If the coffee was black, first treat the stain with lukewarm soapy water. For old coffee stains, enrich the lye with a pinch of salt and then cover the stain with glycerine and egg yolk. After half an hour, rinse the mixture first with cold and then with lukewarm water. For coloured, washable fabrics, a milk bath will help. As soon as the milk has turned acidic, wash the stain with lukewarm water.
Now available in green and yellow as well as red, ketchup consists, or at least should consist, to a certain extent of sun-ripened tomatoes. Along with sugar, vinegar, flavourings and colourings. Because of these very additives, the ketchup stain should not be treated in the same way as the tomato stain. After soaking in lukewarm water, it should be rubbed with either glycerine or methylated spirit before the garment is rinsed again in cold water.
Cocoa stains need the same treatment as milk: first cold, then warm water. In no case the other way round, otherwise the stain will become unpleasant. Then soak the clothes in salt water. If there are still traces of cocoa after washing, dab the stain with the unsalted cooking water of potatoes. For delicate fabrics, soak the stain in milk until it becomes acidic and then rinse the stain first with cold and then with hot water.
The collar is the calling card of good clothing. That's why there are hand washing products in practical tube form for treating this area, which still find room in your luggage.
First return the chewing gum to its original state: harden it by cooling it in the freezer. Afterwards, the stain can be easily scraped off or brushed out. In addition, you can strengthen the cleaning with a little alcohol.
After the first wash, everything is usually over. You can additionally support the removal of traces by softening the stain with eucalyptus oil or glycerine beforehand. You can easily remove stubborn lip confessions with diluted ammonia.
A cloth and warm water is usually sufficient here. In the case of stubborn spread, reinforce your stain control with a soapy water solution or a little alcohol.
Mayonnaise quickly becomes a big problem if you mishandle the blob. First dab lukewarm water on the spot or remove the coarsest part with a knife. Then dab glycerine on the stain, or in the case of velvet and silk, cologne, methylated spirits or ethyl alcohol. If traces are still visible after the next wash, use diluted ammonia to treat the stain.
First treat the stain with cold water, then wash it out hot. You only need lukewarm water for velvet and silk.
Remove varnish from clothing with hot spirit or acetone. Acetone is not suitable for sensitive and synthetic fabrics.
It is usually not a big problem if you sprinkle the stain with a little stain remover before the next wash. If the stain is still visible, dab the area with warm alcohol, vinegar or lemon juice. Old fruit stains often come off after a bath in buttermilk with a dash of lemon juice for several hours. For sensitive fabrics, ammonia and soap spirit also work. Some fruits, however, need special treatment: peaches, oranges and strawberries, blueberries, cherries.
You fight oil like you fight fat. Fat reduction is one of the easy chapters of stain removal. A little washing-up liquid or warm soapy water and a machine wash are usually enough. It is advisable to use a liquid detergent, which contains more surfactants than powder detergent and thus removes grease particularly well. Another old household remedy is potato flour, which is first used to soak up the grease and then brushed out. If the stain is still not removed, it can be removed with crystal soda water or by rubbing with soap and then washing as hot as possible. Alternatively, spirit of wine, alcohol or soap-spirit will also work. Only wool can be pre-treated with petrol.
The traces of noble essences "evaporate" best with pure alcohol. On silk, traces of a beguiling scent can destroy the colours.
White wine helps against red wine. Sherry or clear alcohol also fight the stain with a high percentage of certainty. But the best remedy against the noble grape juice is and remains a large pinch of salt. In any case, it is advisable to deal with the stain as soon as possible. Before you switch on the washing machine, we recommend a squeeze of lemon juice on the stain. If the stain does not disappear, soak the fabric in buttermilk overnight before washing it again. If that doesn't help either, try glycerine at the end. Velvet and silk do not tolerate salt and white wine treatment, but only corn or potato flour. Diluted ammonia, spirits of wine or soap spirit will help against remaining red wine residues.
First scratch the stain with a knife. Mix alcohol or glycerine with an egg yolk and leave it on the brown spot for a short time. Then wash the fabric in warm soapy water. Alternatively, you can soak the stain in milk and wash it out after some time.
Turpentine helps relatively reliably against this. If not, try a mixture of soap spirit and ammonia. Such delicate fabrics as velvet and silk do not tolerate turpentine, but it is better to treat them with spirit and then with highly diluted ammonia.
First treat the mustard stain with warm soapy water. If it is still visible afterwards, try water and a dash of ammonia. After that, only glycerine will help. However, not on velvet and silk. Here, as with mayonnaise and curry stains, you should only proceed gently with cologne or a little spirit.
Yellowing tobacco traces can be treated with a mixture of methylated spirits or ethyl alcohol. Alternatively, a little glycerine is also effective. The chosen remedy is rinsed out with clear alcohol after about one hour. Older stains can also be moistened with citric acid before the above treatment.
Use warm water as soon as possible for the first treatment of the tea stain. Gall soap in the water will help you as an aid. For stubborn stains, a mixture of glycerine and egg yolk is recommended, which should be washed out after about an hour.
The tomato, only a very small proportion of which finds its way to the end consumer as a recognisable whole fruit, but which increasingly has to be squeezed into tight ketchup bottles or reshaped as a pizza topping, is not a great enemy of textiles in its pure form. It is very easy to get rid of the common tomato stain by rinsing it in lukewarm water and then soaking it in a detergent solution. If necessary, add hydrogen peroxide to the water.
You can easily iron out wax stains: First carefully scrape off the coarsest wax residue. Then place the stained fabric between blotting paper or kitchen paper and iron over the wax from the inside out at a low temperature. Change the paper often. If there are still traces of paint, dab the area with methylated spirit.
White wine should not be stored for long before it is disposed of. Rinse it directly with hot water. To better absorb the moisture afterwards, sprinkle the stain generously with salt - a recipe that has also proven to be a successful antidote for red wine.
Remove toothpaste from clothing as you would from your teeth: Simply rinse vigorously with lukewarm water.
You should act quickly. A sticky stain comes off very easily with warm water. Older stains need support with a mixture of ammonia and glycerine. For stained sweets, there is another tip: lemon water.