Laundry essentials

Laundry Essentials – be prepared for any stain

Stains on clothes are an inevitable part of parenting life. They can vary from food spills to grass stains and other smellier stains as well! Some stains will require patience and time in order to remove them properly. In order to cope with stains it is a good idea to have your laundry stocked with items such as Napisan or pre wash stain removers.

Huggies top stain management tips

  • Always check the label of the garment that is stained to see if it needs dry cleaning or if a regular wash cycle is ok.
  • Treat stains immediately rather than leaving them to sit. It is far easier to remove a fresh stain.
  • As a general rule most stains tend to be water soluble before they dry. If you can rinse the stain immediately it will usually make removing the stain properly later a far easier process.
  • Always check the instructions for using a stain remover carefully before applying them.
  • Test stain removers on a hidden part of the clothing such as an inside seam to ensure it is suitable for it. Pop some on it and leave it for five minutes before rinsing out. If there are any changes to the colour of the garment then don’t use that product to remove the stain.
  • Always treat the stained garment from the outside in rather than directly onto the stain itself. Your aim is to remove the stain off the fabric rather than forcing it through it. A practical way to tackle it is to place the garment over the sink facing the wrong way up and pour the stain remover substance onto the material.
  • Try to remove the stain carefully so that you don’t spread it further on the garment.
  • Never mix stain removal products together, they may make the stain even worse.
Stain Type Suggested stain removal strategy
Blood Soak fresh stains in cold water for 30 minutes and then apply detergent directly to stain before washing. If the blood stain is dry it needs to be pre-treated with a product like napisan and then laundered.
Juice Soak the clothes in cold water and launder using a bleach safe for the fabric in question.
Mud Let the mud dry and then brush it off the clothes. Pre-treat by soaking with laundry detergent or a cup of water with 1/4c of ammonia and 1/4c liquid detergent. Wash on the hottest cycle that is appropriate for the garment.
Paint Water based paint needs to be rinsed in warm water preferably while the stain is still wet. Launder as usual.
Poo Use cold water and bathroom soap to wash out the poo. Launder using an all fabric bleach to remove any remaining stain.

Using soap or detergent on a stain is often the quickest way to tackle a stain. It’s important to know the uses for each one. The difference between soap and detergent are as follows:

Soap

  • A cleaning agent made from oil or fat and it has an alkaline solution.
  • Soap dissolves in water and will aid with the removal of grease or fatty materials.
  • It can be used to help with the removal of milk, egg, baby vomit, make up and mud stains.
  • It should not be used in the removal of wine stains.

Detergent

  • This liquid is used with hot or warm water.
  • It is good for removing oil based products.
  • It can help with oil, dust and butter based stains.
  • It should not be used to remove protein based stains such as cheese.