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How To Remove Slime From Your Clothing

Slime is fun to make and play with until it accidentally gets stuck onto your or your kids’ clothes and you’re left with a slime stain that seems impossible to take out. Fortunately, removing a slime stain is easier than you think. 

How To Remove Slime From Your Clothing

There are 2 ways in which you can effectively remove slime from your clothing:

  • Ice 
  • Vinegar

Before using either of the slime removal methods, make sure to remove and scrape off as much slime as possible.

Ice

Take some ice cubes and place it on the remaining slime to completely freeze. Once it is completely frozen, scrape off the slime as much as possible without using much force before pre-treating it with laundry detergent. After letting the detergent sit for 10 minutes, soak the clothing in hot water for about 30 mins before washing as normal.

Vinegar

Pour distilled white vinegar on the stain and scrub the vinegar into the slime using a toothbrush. If the stain is tough, allow the stain to soak in vinegar for up to 5 mins before scrubbing. Once you’ve gotten rid of the slime, rinse the garment in warm water, with dish soap if you wish, to remove any residue, before washing as normal.

 

Should you wish to get your clothes professionally cleaned at a time that is convenient for you, book a laundry collection and delivery with Laundryheap.


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No Pain- No Stain! Unusual Stain Removers Part 2

If you haven’t done so already, check out the first No Pain- No Stain! Unusual stain removers.

Unusual Stain Removers- Part 2

  1. Rubbing Alcohol- Removes ink and deodorant stains
    This antiseptic wonder can remove several types of stains provided that they are fresh. Remove ink and deodorant stains with rubbing alcohol simply by applying it directly onto the stain and dab (the ink) or wipe (deodorant mark) away before washing as normal.

  2. Coca Cola – Removes blood and oil stains
    Blood and grease stains are both tough ones to get rid off, so you’ve got to treat them as soon as you can. Believe it or not, cola will help take that stain right out. Soak garment in cola for a good 15-30 mins or so depending on how bad the stain is, before washing as normal.  Don’t worry about a cola stain, as it will come right off once you put it straight into the wash after pre-soaking.

  3.  Shampoo- Cleans collared shirts & great for hand washing
    A dirty collar is something that a little shampoo can fix. Shampoo works to break down body oils in your hair and will do the same for fabrics too. Just rub a bit of cheap shampoo on the collar and watch it remove the dirt. You can also use shampoo as an alternative soap to hand washing clothes.

  4. Shaving Cream- Removes food and grease stains
    To get rid of stubborn food and grease stains, add a bit of shaving cream on the stain and continuously dab it lightly for a few minutes and let it sit for about 30 mins. Then, blot the shaving cream away and wash as usual.

You can save yourself the trouble by scheduling a collection with laundryheap for even the most toughest stains you have on your clothes and we’ll have it returned to you as good as new in less than 24 hours.


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3 Ways To Remove Underarm Stains

Underarm stains on your clothes from sweat and deodorant can be difficult to get rid of, especially when the stain has now turned yellow. The reason why this happens is simple, you either didn’t treat the stain right away or at all. Fortunately, there are some effective methods you can use to remove these stains from any type of clothing.

3 Ways To Remove Underarm Stains

  1. White Vinegar: Pour some white distilled vinegar directly onto the stain and gently rub it in. Leave for a few mins before washing as normal.
  2. Baking Soda: Create a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water (3:1) and use a toothbrush to apply the paste and scrub gently onto the stained area. Leave for a few minutes or up to 2 hours if the stain is really bad, and then wash as normal
  3. Lemon juice: Mix equal parts of lemon juice and water and scrub the stain with the solution. You can also choose to soak the stained area in the mixture for 10 mins up to an hour depending on how bad the stain is.

If you prefer to have a professional take the stain out and have your clothes freshly cleaned, you can count on Laundryheap to do the job. 


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How To Remove Chewing Gum From Clothes

Chewing gum is the most annoying thing to get rid of when it gets stuck on…well… everything! It’s more irritating, however, when you get chewing gum stuck on your clothes as it’s more difficult to remove.

Nevertheless, there are several ways to remove chewing gum from your clothes.

How To Remove Chewing Gum From Your Clothes

  • Ice

Apply ice on the chewing gum affected area until it has fully hardened. Then use a spoon or blunt knife to immediately scrape it off. You can apply ice on both sides of the material for quicker removal.

Alternatively, you can put your garment into a zip lock bag, folded, with the gum stain facing outside and place it in the freezer overnight. You should be able to gently peel off the gum the following morning.

  • Heat

All you need to do is apply heat onto the gum, whether it be by hot air or by submerging in hot water. There are several ways you can use heat to remove gum:

Method 1: Blow Dryer

You can use a blow dryer, on the highest temperature setting, to melt away the chewing gum. Which you can then peel off from the surface.

Method 2: A Kettle

Boil some water in a kettle, and place the gum affected area over the mouth of the kettle, so it catches the steam. Leave it for a minute or so until the gum softens. Then, remove the gum with a toothbrush.

Method 3: Hot Water

Submerge gum affected area into a pot of hot water and scrape off the gum with a toothbrush or blunt knife. Let garment dry and repeat if necessary. 

Method 4: An Iron

Place the garment on a piece of cardboard, with the gum facing on the cardboard. Using an iron on medium setting, iron the back of the chewing gum so it transfers onto the cardboard. Repeat process until the gum is nearly removed.

  • Rubbing Alcohol

This method is a much simpler one. All you need to do is pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a rag or sponge and rub the gum with it.

  • Hairspray

Spray some hairspray on the gum so it hardens, and then scrape off the chewing gum with a blunt knife or spoon.

  • Vinegar

Heat up a cup of vinegar in the microwave, to just below a boil. Use a toothbrush and dip it into the vinegar and start brushing off the gum. Keep dipping and brushing until the gum comes off. This method works best when the vinegar is hot.

 

If you still struggle with removing the gum or simply don’t want the hassle of trying to, send it to laundryheap and we’ll be able to take that gum stain right off.


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8 Natural Stain Removers

When a stain comes upon our clothing, many of us want to avoid using toxic stain removal products, with the obvious factor being that they contain harsh chemicals and solvents. Who would want the aftermath of that rubbing against their skin?

Fortunately for all of us, there are many ways to remove stains naturally.

8 Natural Stain Removers

  1. Borax
    Believe it or not, borax is a natural mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen and water. Borax is a great cleaning agent that helps to disinfect and remove stains from clothes.
  2. Hydrogen Peroxide
    This antiseptic compound is a natural alternative to bleach and works well in removing stains such as curry, red wine and underarm yellowing.
  3. White Distilled Vinegar
    The acetic acid in the vinegar helps to lift stains and banish odour. See how else distilled white vinegar can do wonders for your clothes.
  4. Baking Soda
    Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) works as a natural cleanser and deodoriser. It is a mild alkaline powder so it’s completely safe to use on all fabrics.
  5. Lemon Juice
    Lemon is a natural lightener because of it’s acidity, it almost works as a natural bleaching agent.
  6. Talcum Powder/chalk
    For stains that need absorbing (grease and oil), these powders are a wonderful natural treatment to get the heavy stain out.
  7. Salt
    Salt works as a gentle abrasive element to help absorb moisture from liquid stains.
  8. Rubbing Alcohol
    Another antiseptic that works great in breaking down tough stains. It doesn’t penetrate the fabric and evaporates quickly. So you can be sure it won’t damage your clothes.
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How To Remove Make-up Stains

How many times have you accidentally smudged a bit of foundation onto your white top? Well, it happens to most of us who wear make-up!

Get that stain right out with our infographic guide on how to remove stains from certain types of make-up:

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  1. Mascara/Eyeliner: Liquid dish soap or a bar of soap.
  2. Lipstick: Toothpaste, rubbing alcohol, acteone or hairspray.
  3. Foundation/Concealer: Liquid dish soap, shaving cream or baking soda.
  4. Powders: White vinegar or liquid dish soap.

Other alternatives:

  • Heavy duty detergent 
  • Stain remover pen
  • Make-up wipes

Sometimes removing stains can be too time-consuming. If that becomes the issue, just remember that we’ll be able to wash, dry, fold and iron your clothes when you book a laundry service with us.


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No Stain – No Pain! Unusual Stain Removers

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Are you familiar with that sinking feeling in your gut when you accidentally spill some red wine on your favourite pastel coloured cocktail dress? Well, no need to stress next time. Here are some unusual, quick-fix remedies for removing stains without too much hassle.

  1. White Wine – Removes fresh red wine stains 

    Ironic as it seems, white wine acts as a neutralising agent for red wine. It disbands the anthocyanin compounds which are responsible for causing the red stains. Gently blot the excess liquid using a napkin or paper towel, before dabbing some white wine onto the affected area. Blot and repeat till the stain starts fading and follow it up with a regular wash.

  2. Baby Powder – Removes grease and oil stains 

    For grease and oil stains, especially from cooked food, sprinkle some talcum or baby powder onto the fabric taking care to cover the stain completely. The fine granules act as minuscule sponges and soak up the oil particles. Leave it on for approximately 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the stain. Use a toothbrush to gently brush off the powder. Take off as much as you can before soaking the cloth in warm water for a few minutes and running it through the usual laundry cycle thereafter.

  3. Milk – Removes ink stains 

    Got a leaky pen in your pocket? If you have some whole milk you have nothing to worry about! Simply soak the garment overnight in a bowl of milk, making sure that the stained portion is completely submerged. If there are slight traces of ink in the morning, gently rub the fabric to work out the stain. Then run it through the usual wash cycle. For better results, add some white vinegar to the milk. Milk is an emulsion which attracts both oil and water. Some inks with an oil-soluble base are therefore dissolved by the milk.

  4. Stale Bread – Removes dirt stains on suede 

    Use a slice of stale bread to lift surface grime and dirt off suede. Roll the slice into a ball and rub it over the affected area. Repeat the process till all the dirt is pulled out. Brush off the remaining crumbs with a toothbrush or makeup brush.

  5. Egg Yolk – Removes coffee stains 

    Yes, you read that right! Stubborn coffee stains can be completely removed by beating an egg and rubbing it into the stain with a sponge for a couple of minutes. Rinse the fabric with cold water and you have a stain-free garment in no time.

  6. Laundryheap Removes a wide variety of stains

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