How to remove stains & un-shrink clothes

These 10 tricks will have your clothes looking as good as new in no time.

How to remove stains & un-shrink clothes

Have you ever taken a freshly dried load of clothes out of the dryer and wondered who’s been buying baby clothes, before realising that it is in fact a now shrunken version of your favourite jumper? Well never fear, here’s how to do the unimaginable when you un-shrink clothes with this amazing trick (it actually works!)

  1. Mix three tablespoons of hair conditioner in water.
  2. Soak the shrunken item for five minutes.
  3. Remove the item from the mixture and lay on a towel.
  4. Carefully stretch back to its original proportions.

*This trick works best on cotton or knit garments.

*Make sure you test a small area of your garment with the solution to make sure it’s compatible.

Now, onto the next problem. Sadly my love of food does not mix well with my love of clothing. Furthermore, even though you may not remember splattering your brand new top with that red wine stain, that won’t make it disappear. The good news is that, if you’re like me, these ten stain removal tricks can help you have your clothes looking as good as new in no time.

  1. Accidentally thrown a coloured item in with your whites? Fix it by rewashing the load with regular detergent and an added cup of white distilled vinegar.
  2. Morning coffee given you the jitters? Make a mixture of an egg yolk, a splash of alcohol and two tablespoons of warm water. Remove coffee stains by dabbing the item with said concoction.
  3. Lipstick on your collar? Dab with a towel dipped in rubbing alcohol to get it out instead.
  4. Got a bit hot and sweaty? Mix three asprin pills with two tablespoons of warm water to form a paste. Apply the paste and allow to stand for an hour to remove stubborn sweat stains.
  5. Eliminate ink stains by soaking the item in a bowl of milk.
  6. Dirt on your blue* suede shoes? Use the crust of stale bread to gently rub it off.
         *Works with any colour suede shoes.
  7. If somehow foundation is concealing your outfit, get it off by applying shaving cream to the offending area and then washing.
  8. Get rid of grass stains by soaking them in vinegar for 30 minutes before washing as usual.
  9. You say tomato, I say tomato, but either way you can remove tomato-based stains by dabbing with a mixture of vinegar and water.
  10. And finally, proof there’s no problem that wine can’t fix! What gets rid of red wine stains? More wine, of course. Dab with white wine to remove.

Now that the secrets are out, do you have any other stain removal tricks to share? 


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    15th Aug 2014
    Thank you SJ.
    I had a bamboo shirt which had shrunk a size. Was thinking about giving to lifeline but tried your tip with hair conditioner and it is back to original size! I used volume conditioner. Don't know if that makes a difference?
    5th Jan 2015
    Glad we could help Frank - that's great news about your shirt!
    15th Aug 2014
    Some articles can be stretched by ironing them. I have witnessed this on several occasions. I've never done it but it definitely works on items such as T-Shirts, singlets and some other stretchy material items.
    I recently received a brand newT-Shirt that looked as though it had come in contact with what looked like dye. I moistened it with cold water and sprayed it with Orange Power which is recommened by Planet Ark and gave it a good rub. It didn't look as though it had come off so I threw it back in the bucket of water as it was. The next morning I remembered it was still in the bucket, rinsed it in clean water and discovered the stain had come off. It is now perfectly white - as it should have been when put on the shop fixture. At least the price was reduced. It was only going to be used as extra warmth under a school uniform and wouldn't have shown at all. Now it can be worn anywhere
    15th Aug 2014
    A lot of clothes are labelled "do not tumble dry". It depends a bit on your dryer. Some automatically run at high temperature. Some you can/used to be able to set at a lower one and use more time. Bear in mind that the clothes put in a dryer all the time don't always last as long as others. Look at what you clean out of it's filter every time you use it, including between loads.
    15th Aug 2014
    Engy, I have a dryer but never use it. I have always worn natural fibres, cotton, bamboo, linen, wool. I found that there is a lot of synthetic carpet in buildings and not much good if you hold electricity like I do. I was a human tazer, my hair would stand up like Don King's.
    17th Aug 2014
    does anyone know of a way to make me less static. Every time I try to open a car door or turn on a tap I get an electric shock. I know it must have something to do with synthetic materials. Remember you used to see a rubber strap hanging off the back of cars? Maybe I should hang one off the back of me.
    18th Aug 2014
    HOLA, oddly I have tried hair conditioner and had some success.
    The logic behind this little experiment?
    Static Electricity is , well, static, not moving like current electricity moves along wires and can build up because, through the air there are positive and negative ions which sometimes have an imbalance due to a number of reasons. During the dryer winter months there are less positively charged water molecules in the air which can cause a charge build up in your body, particularly if you rub against a synthetic. The hair conditioner on my body formed a moisture barrier and worked until I kept washing my hands. Anyway, it got that bad that I locked myself out of my car by just walking close to it. On a really dry day I tried to drive away in someone else's identical car parked near mine. The mechanic said it was not uncommon. Another method I have used which works ok, is to carry a metal object like a key and when you feel a build up just neutralise the charge by touching something which is earthed. You still get a little shock but it's very mild in comparison.
    19th Aug 2014
    Thanks for your input Frank. I remember seeing in the washing machine soap aisle you can get a soaker which stops static build-up in underwear, can't remember the product name though. Someone told me when getting out of the car to place my feet on the ground to earth myself before touching the metal on the car.
    15th Aug 2014
    SJ, I laughed at your love of food not mixing well with your love of clothing. A friend of mine used to call this "cooking medals," if it resulted from preparing meals. Sadly, as a messy person, I have become an old fuddy duddy who wears aprons. However, with company or when going out, I never wear WHITE!
    15th Aug 2014
    I have a far simpler Washing Aid to use rather than white vinegar etc., it is called Boost & Soak AND IS aUSTRALIAN MADE AND MADE TO Australian conditions although unfortuntely is not available at the supermarket but is available on line and at Agents. They will tell you where there are agemts available if required .
    20th Aug 2014
    A cup of sugar in the wash removes grease stains {good for mechanics} or handy persons
    5th Jan 2015
    Thanks for the tip Jillian - will have to give this a try!
    5th Jan 2015
    As Ido not have sugr in he house I wonder what else I could use?

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