Make a paste with washing powder and a little water and apply to the stain. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before washing as normal.
2. Red wine
Cover the stain in salt – you’ll know it’s absorbed the red wine when it turns pink. Brush away the salt after 10 minutes, then carefully pour boiling water onto the stain and allow to sit until the stain lifts.
3. Tea or coffee
Blot (don’t rub) with a paper towel, then dab with distilled white vinegar before washing as normal.
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4. Grease or oil
Cover the stain in a mixture of washing-up liquid and water. Rub the mixture in before rinsing and washing as normal.
Mix four tablespoons of salt into a litre of cold water, then soak the garment in the mixture for 30 minutes. Rinse then leave to dry.
Soak in cold water immediately, then gently rub regular hand soap to the stain before rinsing in cold water.
Rub the stain using a pair of nude tights – the texture of the fabric helps to lift the white marks.
Spray hairspray onto the stain and leave for 15 minutes. Blot the stain with a clean cloth soaked in warm water, then wash as normal.
Blot the stain to remove excess liquid with a cloth. Cover the stain with hairspray, then wash immediately in the washing machine as normal.
Rub a bit of washing-up liquid into the stain then wash in hot water.
11. Lily pollen
Use a piece of sticky tape to lift off the pollen. If a mark remains, hang outside in the sunlight to bleach the stain out.
12. Candle or crayon wax
Freeze the piece of clothing to harden the wax, then scrape it away with a spoon. Cover the stain with a piece of tissue and iron over it to melt the remaining wax on to the tissue.
13. Mud or dirt
Let the mud dry then brush it off. Soak the piece of clothing in cool water with half a teaspoon of washing-up liquid and a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar.
Run the back of the stain under cold water to flush out as much of the chocolate as possible, then rub washing up liquid into the stain. Soak in cold water for 15 minutes then wash as normal.
15. Tomato sauce
Dab the stain with a clean cloth to remove excess. Cover with washing-up liquid and then distilled white vinegar. Soak in cold water, then dry naturally in sunshine.
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