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How To Get Rid Of The Cling:

  • Fabric Softener : Downey, Snuggle and other fabric softeners come in the liquid form you pour into the final rinse of the washing cycle.

  • Static Guard If you prefer to deal with static cling "after" the laundry is dried, you can try this spray on product.

  • White Vinegar For loads that are mostly cotton (bed sheets, towel, jeans).

  • Hair SprayCheap hairspray "lightly" sprayed. Barely spray on your clothes and let it dry.

  • Dryer Sheet Rub on your hair and clothes when fully dressed.

Getting Blood Out Of Clothing:

  • Blot the blood stain with a paper towel as much of the stain as possible.

  • Hold the stained portion of clothing under a steady stream of cold water, this helps prevent the stain from setting in..

  • Submerge the stained garment in the basin with a enzyme-based detergent and soak it for 20 to 30 minutes before washing.

  • Wash the garment and hang dry. Rewash any garment that is still blood stained.

Remove Grease Stains From Clothes

  • The key to removing any grease and oil-based stain is using an enzyme-based heavy duty detergent or stain remover and hot water.
  • Pre-treat the stain with a solvent based removal product like Shout.
  • If you don't have a solvent-based pre-treater, apply a heavy duty liquid detergent like Tide, Wish or Persil directly to the stain and work it in by gently rubbing the fabric together or use an old soft toothbrush.
  • If you only have powdered detergent, make a paste with a bit of warm water and apply to the stain.
  • Allow the cleaner to work on the stain for at least 15 minutes-30 minutes is even better. This will allow the chemicals to break apart the grease or oil molecules and make them easier to flush out of the fabric fibers.
  • After pre-treatment, wash the garment as usual in the "hottest water recommended for the fabric" along with the recommended amount of detergent for a regular load of laundry.
  • If the fabric is a synthetic like polyester that wouldn't normally be washed in hot water, stretch the stained area over a bowl and pour a steady stream of hot water directly onto the stain and then wash in cold or warm water.

How To Remove Baby Stains

  • Scrape off before you begin treating it for the laundry.
  • Soak the newly stained item in cool water as this can help to loosen the stain.

For protein stains including formula, breast milk, most food stains, leaky diapers and spit up

  • You'll need a small amount of enzyme cleaner, such as Wisk or Era Plus and a soft bristled brush.
    The enzyme cleaner will digest the protein of the stain. If there is any remaining stain on your baby's clothes, treat with an all-purpose stain remover, such as Shout or Spray N Wash and then launder in the regular cycle.

Oily or greasy stains, including baby oils, creams and petroleum jellies

  • Require cornstarch or talcum powder to absorb the oil.
    After 15-20 minutes, scrap off the powder and apply a combination pre-treater and toss into the laundry.

Fruits, veggies, jams, juices and berries

  • Are a little more challenging, but pre-treat, create a vinegar solution which is one part vinegar and two parts water and apply it to the stain with an eyedropper. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then apply combination solvent and wash in your regular cycle.

I know someone who strongly recommends Shaklee's Laundry Detergent for berries stains.

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