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We do on occasion get asked how to get tough stains out of the laundry, funnily enough especially from people with kids. The article below, or the tips, were originally published in "The Art Of Laundry" which was issued by Procter & Gamble who manufacture Ariel and Daz as well as other well known brands of detergent the world over.

Adhesives - e.g. glue, Nail varnish
Use nail varnish remover/acetone (don't use on synthetic fabrics such as acetates). Wash garment as instructed on fabric care label.



Anti-perspirant/deodorant
Pre-treat the stain with Ariel liquid then soak in warm water containing a biological washing product such as Ariel , then wash as instructed on the fabric care label.



Baby food
Soak in warm Ariel washing solution for at least 2 hours then wash as instructed on the fabric care label.




Ball-point/felt tip pens
Soak overnight in a cold water solution of Ariel Liquid. Then wash as instructed on the fabric care label. For olders stains, dab with nail varnish remover (not for synthetic materials) then wash as normal.



Beer/lager
Pre-treat with Ariel liquid then wash at the temperature given on the fabric care label. For tough stains, dab with a solution of 1 part of vinegar (acetic acid) to 4 parts of water and then rinse thoroughly. Alternatively, treat with Ace Vivactive Washbooster and wash as normal following the fabric care label.





Beetroot/blackcurrant/coffee/fruit/tea/wine
Soak for 1 hour in cold water. Wash in Ariel powder or tablets. Do not use a colour or liquid detergent. Alternatively, treat with Ace Vivactive Washbooster then wash as normal following the fabric care label.





Blood
If the stain is fresh, rinse immediately with cold water and wash in Ariel following the fabric care label. For an older, more stubborn stain treat with Ace Vivactive Washbooster. Soak in Ariel for 2 hours. Wash as normal following the fabric care label.



Butter/cooking oil/grease/lipstick/ margarine/mascara/shoe polish/sunscreen
Pretreat with Ariel Liquid. Leave for 1 hour. Wash as hot as allowed on the fabric care label.





Candle wax
Peel off any surface wax then sandwich the fabric with blotting paper/ kitchen towel and press with a warm iron from the back of the fabric then wash as normal following the fabric care label.



Chewing gum
Apply ice or put garment into a bag in the freezer to harden the gum. Break off as much gum as possible. Pre-treat with Ariel Liquid then wash as normal following the fabric care label.



Chocolate/chocolate pudding/cream/ egg/ grass/ice cream/jam/mayonnaise/milk
Soak in a warm ariel solution or pretreat with Ariel Liquid, then wash as normal following the fabric care label.





Chilli/curry/mustard
Soak in a warm Ariel solution or treat with Ariel Liquid then wash with Ariel powder or tablets following the fabric care label.





Collars/cuffs/underwear stains
Pretreat stains with Ariel Liquid. Leave for 1 hour, then wash with Ariel powder or tablets following the fabric care label.



Iron mould/rust
Difficult to remove from fine fabrics (wool,silk). For other fabrics sprinkle on salt, squeeze on lemon juice and leave overnight. Then wash as normal. For heavier stains use a rust remover then wash as normal following the fabric care label.



Mud
Let caked mud dry and scrape off the excess. Pre-treat remainder of stain with Ariel liquid then wash as normal in Ariel powder following the fabric care label. Hotter washers are more effective but do not exceed the temperature stated on the fabric care label.



Nail varnish
Use nail varnish remover/acetone (don’t use on synthetic fabrics such as acetates). Wash garment as instructed on fabric care label.



Paint
To tackle water-based latex, acrylic and school paints and emulsion paints: Rinse stains while they’re still wet using running water, then wash according to the fabric care label. To tackle oil based paint and varnish: Sponge with white spirit or a proprietary paint brush cleaner before washing following the fabric care label.





Tar and beach oil
Scrape off as much of the stain as possible. Soften the remainder with margarine or butter and wipe away with a clean rag. Treat any residual stain with a proprietary tar cleaner, then wash according to the fabric care label.





Tomato/Ketchup/Sauce
Soak for 1 hour in cold water. Pretreat the stain with Ace Vivactive Washbooster and then wash as normal in Ariel powder or tablets, following the fabric care label.



Urine
Soak in cold water, then wash in Ariel following the fabric care label. Alternatively, treat with Ace Vivactive Washbooster then wash as normal following the fabric care label.





Vaseline
Pre-treat with Ariel Liquid then wash as normal following the fabric care label. Stains that have set may require several treatments.



Vomit
Remove surface deposits under running cold water. Soak in Ariel solution or treat with Ace Vivactive Washbooster, then wash as normal following the fabric care label.

Obviously all these tips center arounf the use of P&G products as they wrote these up, but the principals used should remain valid for any good product range.

 

 

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Post up your question and give images if you possibly can and the guys in the forums will do the rest for you and try to identify the problem you have.

Cost you nothing, might save you some embarrassment or worse, a charge for a service visit that wasn’t needed.

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Neil Hardie
Dead skin stains
I cannot remove brown stains from my white bath towel caused by the dead skin from my arms. My arms are very tanned due to being in the outdoors most of the time with no covering on my forearms. I have tried scrubbing, soaking, Vanish etc but have had no success in even reducing the stain. Any suggestions?

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