I am going to share a very easy way to get tough stains out of clothes. This has been a lifesaver when it comes to getting stains out of my kids’ clothes!
I have tried all kinds of methods for getting stains out of my kids’ clothes. Some were labor intensive, others were time intensive and lots just didn’t even work.
Eventually, I ended up with my current method. It is very easy to do and requires no scrubbing!
What you Need to Remove Stains:
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- Oxy Clean powder
- Shout stain removal spray
The Best Stain Removal Method
*Disclaimer: Make sure you test the mixture of Shout and Oxy clean on a hidden area of the clothes to test color-fastness. To be honest, I don’t do this very often, but I am a risk taker when it comes to stained laundry.
- Spray the stain and thoroughly saturate it with Shout. No need to scrub the stain.
- Scoop out the Oxy Clean and pour it in a small mound over the stains.
- Spray Shout on top of the mound of Oxy Clean until it is totally wet and paste-like in appearance.
- Leave the Shout and Oxy Clean combo on the stain for a few hours or up to 24 hours, depending on how set in the stain is.
- Wash the clothing item as usual. Check to see if the stain came out before drying!
- If the stain did not come out, repeat the steps above again and let the stain remover stay on longer before washing.
The white shirt stained with ketchup and put through the dryer had to go through this process twice before all traces of the stain were gone. The peach shirt only had to be treated once.
Now, I am not saying this will get out every single stain ever, but I don’t think there is a stain I haven’t been able to get out yet. The best part is that there is no scrubbing involved!
What is your favorite laundry hack? I would love for you to share in the comments!
How to get sunscreen stains out of clothes
If you do happen to get an oily sunscreen stain on your clothes, here’s how to get rid of them. The key is to use a laundry detergent that is designed to cut through oils and grease.
- Remove as much excess sunscreen from the affected area as you can, then blot it with a dry cloth
- Sprinkle either bi-carb soda or cornflour over the stained area to absorb excess oils. Give it about 30 minutes before brushing off
- Brush off any excess powder then rub it with a strong laundry detergent as we mentioned above
- Soak your clothing in hot water mixed with detergent for up to 30 minutes, then rinse it with clean hot water once this time has expired
- If you’ve done all this, then it’s fine to be laundered with the rest of your clothes
Remember to check the labels of your clothes to see if they require any special circumstances for treating stains. A lot of clothes have temperature limits that you should try to adhere to.
How to get sunscreen stains out of white clothes
White clothes are particularly bad when it comes to sunscreen stains, but aren’t too difficult to treat. If the above method fails you, then you can try the following to get sunscreen stains out of your white clothing:
- After washing, hang your white clothes out in the sun and squirt the area with lemon juice. Lemon juice can intensify bleaching results, so this is good for stubborn stains
- Use a chemical bleaching agent that’s been diluted with water, making sure to keep your kids and pets out of the way!
Hopefully these methods will keep the sunscreen stains out of your clothes for good.
How to avoid sunscreen stains
Sunscreen stains are really quite easy to avoid as long as you’re careful with your sunscreen application. The best way to avoid stains is to put it on before you get dressed, allowing some time for it to dry. Not only does this increase how well it will protect your skin, it will stop stains from getting on your favourite outfit.
You can also look for brands of sunscreen that do not contain the avobenzone chemical, but this significantly limits your choices. It would be much easier to not use excessive amounts of sunscreen, and to give it about 15 minutes before you go outside to give it time to be absorbed into your skin.
What materials are most susceptible to sunscreen stains?
While no fabric is entirely immune to sunscreen staining, some are worse than others. Often, synthetic fabrics stain very easily – sweat stains can be particularly noticeable. When there is potential to get messy, the fabrics to avoid are those that are difficult to clean.
- Cotton is incredibly versatile and fairly easy to get stains out of. It is also a tough material and can endure a great deal of soaking and drying without distortion. For cotton, the best way to treat stains is with detergent, or a light acid such as lemon juice or vinegar (should the stain require it)
- Synthetics can be very sturdy, but they will be quickly destroyed by bleach and other oxidising chemicals. Cleaning synthetics with laundry detergent is best, but on tougher, greasier stains, dish soap is recommended
- Silk is a tricky one to clean. While it is a natural fibre, silk does not like water, and spot cleaning can often result in a stain that is worse than the original. The best way to clean a stain on silk is to wipe off the stain with a damp cloth, and then rinse the entire garment thoroughly. Do not leave the initial wet spot to dry, rinse it straight away.
- Wool is a very heat-sensitive material, so it must be treated with great care. While it can be soaked, the item must be laid flat to dry so it does not become misshapen. To wash a woollen garment, use lukewarm water and a wool-safe detergent. Bleach or acid will permanently damage the wool, so avoid these at all costs. After treating, get the wool to a dry cleaner as soon as possible.
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