How To Get Rid Of Nasty Food Stains

Food stains are unavoidable as food itself. No one pays much attention to the ones that are easy to clean, but some food stains will suck the life out of you trying to get them out. As it turns out, there’s a life hack for everything. Clean smart, not hard. Here are some very useful tricks to help you deal with the annoyance of getting the stains out.

 

Red wine

The solution – salt. Cover the stain with salt immediately after it’s spilled. Let it sit for about a minute and dab it with a paper towel, but be careful not to spread the stain even more. Salt can soak up the wine, but only if the stain is still wet. Dab it again, only this time with a slightly wet paper towel. Repeat the whole process if it’s necessary.

 

Coffee

Dampen the stain with white vinegar and throw the garment in the washer. You could make a water - vinegar solution, but in most cases it’s better to use just vinegar. If you’re dealing with a bigger stain, it’s better to soak it overnight, but in this case, you should always make a solution with 1 part water and 3 parts vinegar. Put it in the washer the next day.

 

Beetroot

As with all stains, it’s always best to try and remove it immediately, while it’s still wet. In this case, that means rinsing with cold water, from the back of the stain. For most fabrics, it helps when you add a drop or two of dishwashing soap on the stain and rub it very gently. Rinse again. If this is not an option, than baby wipes can help. If this doesn’t work, soak the garment in hot water overnight (but not hotter than what your fabric can take). Or, you can try the weirdest way of all – soak a piece of bread and place it on the stain. Wait until the bread has absorbed the stain.

 

Pomegranate

Why do red fruits leave the worst stains? This one is not just difficult to eat, but it’s also difficult to wash off. To remove the stains, run the fabric under cold water and put some liquid laundry detergent on the stain. Let it soak for about half an hour and rinse (again, with cold water). After this, if you still see the stain, use hydrogen peroxide, but only if it’s safe for the fabric. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and rinse. Wash the garment.

 

Cherry

Another red fruit! If you get a cherry stain, the way to get it out is very similar to the previous one. Wash the fabric with cold water. Put some liquid laundry detergent on the stain and let it sit for about a half an hour, then rinse. If there’s still a stain, apply hydrogen peroxide. First make sure it’s safe for the fabric though. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse. Wash the clothes as normal.