10 ways to remove stubborn stains from your clothing

Lipstick is best kept on the lips but if you find it in places it shouldn't be, there is a clever way to remove it.
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Lipstick is best kept on the lips but if you find it in places it shouldn't be, there is a clever way to remove it.

These stains could make you weep with frustration. Never fear, help is at hand. Here are our tips on how to tackle these troublesome stains.

LIPSTICK
Spray hairspray directly onto the stain and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Finish by wiping the stain away using a clean cloth and warm water, before washing the piece of clothing according to its instructions.

OIL
Are you a self-confessed messy cook? Say goodbye to oil stains for good by simply rubbing a piece of chalk into the pesky stain, allowing it to absorb any oil before lightly brushing it away. For slightly larger stains, repeat the process before laundering as usual.

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RED WINE
Red wine lovers, your days of stressing over spilling your favourite beverage on your clothing or furniture are over.

To remove red wine stains, first dab and blot (but do not rub) the affected area with a paper towel. Then, working quickly, cover with table salt before rinsing with a wet washcloth.

INK
Next time a pen explodes in your pocket, simply soak the damaged garment in whole-fat milk overnight before washing as usual the following day.

We love a long black but coffee stains? No thanks.
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We love a long black but coffee stains? No thanks.

COFFEE OR TEA
The first step to removing coffee stains is trying to act while the stain is still wet. Follow by covering the area with bicarbonate soda to soak up any excess, then scrape it away once it has absorbed liquid. 

Finish by adding a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to warm water and gently blot the stain with a wet sponge before cleaning the article of clothing as usual.

FOUNDATION
Rid your clothing of foundation stains by applying shaving cream to the the affected area, then leaving to soak before rubbing it into the piece of clothing. Finally, rinse away the excess with cold water and repeat as necessary.

BLOOD
Remove blood stains by rubbing with cold water (don't be tempted to use hot water which will set the stain), if the stain is fresh soak immediately. Then rub the clothing with soap, being sure to work up a gentle lather before washing it as usual. For particularly tricky stains, dab on diluted ammonia before laundering.

Sick of having sweat stains on your clothing? Bicarbonate soda and warm water will do the trick.
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Sick of having sweat stains on your clothing? Bicarbonate soda and warm water will do the trick.

SWEAT
Is there anything worse for a fashionista to bear than sweat stains on a favourite shirt? To remove them, create a paste out of bicarbonate soda and warm water and rub in with your fingers before laundering.

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GRASS
Soccer parents need stress no more. To remove tricky grass stains soak the article of clothing in any clear rubbing alcohol, then dab gently with toothpaste. Allow the clothing to dry then clean as normal.

CHOCOLATE
Chocoholics rejoice. No longer will you have to worry about being stuck with chocolatey stains on your favourite clothes.

Chocolate tastes delicious but looks terrible. Luckily removing stains is possible.
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Chocolate tastes delicious but looks terrible. Luckily removing stains is possible.

Firstly, brush away (without rubbing) as much of the remnants as possible, using clear packing tape to lift any lingering cocoa. From the back rinse with cold water and finally soak in a mixture of water and detergent for 30 minutes before washing the piece of clothing as normal.

 - Stuff

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