How to remove stains & un-shrink clothes

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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? 

Written by SJ


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