Only two billion of the world's seven billion population own washing machines, said Hans Rosling in one of his TED talks. The rest of the five billion still wash their clothes by hand, thus living below what he calls, the “wash line”. The people laundering by hand could be professional washerwomen or they could simply be the women of the house, but the fact is that it is mostly women who take on this grueling task every week, says Rosling. A small way in which to make the task a little less grueling is to use products, like a good stain remover, which reduces physical effort considerably.
Some Useful Stain Removal Tips
Chocolate stains: The first thing to do is to scrape off as much of the chocolate as possible. Then wash the stain in cold water from behind the stain. If the stain has dried in, it is advisable to soak it in warm water with an effective stain remover like Vanish Oxi Action Power.
Coffee stains: This is a common stain on the clothes of most office goers as the rush to work with disposable cups of coffee every day. The best way to tackle this stain is to not let it dry. By blotting out the stain from the fabric and refraining from rubbing, you can prevent it from smearing further. Then soak the clothes in warm water with a powerful solvent before washing it out.
Make-up: You get distracted by applying your mascara and suddenly instead of being on your lashes, it is on your collar. It happens to most people. The best way to get it out is by immediately removing most of the make up with a tissue, and then applying a stain remover directly onto it. Vanish Oxi Action Gel is a very good choice for this. A useful make-up stain removal tip is that do not try to scrub it off with plain water as it may leave an oily mark on the cloth. This will make it more difficult to remove the stain.
Grass Stains: This is one of the toughest stain to battle. However, one of the best ways to go about it so to soak it in warm water before pre-treating it with a cleaning agent. It is best to work from inside out to get the stain out of the fabric so as to prevent it from spreading.
Therefore, when equipped with the know-how and the right cleaning agents, no stain is unbeatable.