Life is full of messy adventures!
One drip of a chocolate ice cream cone, one spill of that refreshing bright red punch, and an outfit can be ruined! Save your clothes and save your money with these summer stain busters!
The general rules for stains are:
Quick Action – don’t let it dry!
Blot or Rinse with Cold Water – hot water can set a stain.
Don’t Rub – this spreads the stain and grinds it deeper into the fabric.
Summer spills are especially tough. Here’s how to remove the five most common according to Tara Aronson for Frigidaire:
Scrape off as much of the colorful surface as possible using a plastic picnic knife. Apply laundry detergent directly on the stained area. Gently rub the detergent into the fabric then let sit several minutes. Launder using the hottest water the fabric can handle – or the Sanitize setting of your Frigidaire Affinity washer. Dry as usual.
2. Iced coffee
Sponge the stained area with cold water. Apply a pretreater to the blight. Wash as usual and air dry.
Prewash the garment in warm water in your washing machine –the Rinse & Spin cycle on your Affinity washer – and a laundry detergent containing enzymes. Launder as usual (normal setting) with detergent and chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric. If the garment’s care label instructions advise against it, use oxygen (color safe) bleach instead. Dry as usual.
Soak for a minute or so in cold water. Remove excess water, and then apply a pretreater directly on the stained area. Wash with detergent as usual. Air dry. Do not place in the dryer until the blight is completely gone – otherwise the stain is likely to set.
5. Chocolate (or chocolate ice cream)
Prewash the garment in warm water with a laundry detergent that contains enzymes using the Affinity’s Rinse & spin setting. Launder as usual, using the washing machine’s Normal setting. Dry as usual.
Here’s to a summer of stain-free clothes no matter how messy your adventures get!