You just laid out your beautiful white tablecloth, the one that comes out once a year. Maybe your wearing that new top for your dinner party – and then – bam! someone spills on it. Obviously you don’t freak out – but you do need to act fast. Once a stain sets, it’s really hard to remove naturally.

Here are THREE tips to help you tackle all kinds of sticky situations:

TIP 1: Treat it On the Spot 

If food spills on your perfect white tablecloth – it would be crazy to pull it off during dinner to clean up…. Here’s what you do to treat the stain at the table:

  • dab a cloth over the spill to soak up as much as you can
  • spray diluted dish soap over the spill and let it sit. This will pre-treat the stain until you can launder the fabric.
  • get back to eating 🙂

TIP 2: Be Prepared 

You don’t want to be mixing up solutions in the middle of a party. Be prepared with this simple solution that breaks up stains and prevents them from setting:

ingredients: 1 cup water / 1 tablespoon dish soap / mix together in spray bottle and label it – Stain Remover

Tip 3: Know your stain

Here’s your stain removal cheat sheet for the 5 stains that you may come face to face with:

One: Red Wine

  1. Pour neat vinegar over the stain to act as a natural bleach
  2. Pour salt over to keep the stain from setting.
  3. If it’s on a shirt, you can apply the vinegar with a cotton swab and skip the salt
  4. Dab with a dish cloth to soak up as much as you can
  5. Spray with diluted dish soap to act as a pre-treat stain remover
  6. Wash the fabric as soon as you can

Two:  Tea or Coffee:

  1. Pour neat vinegar to remove the stain. Let it soak in
  2. Flush with water
  3. If you still see the stain, rub with an ice-cube to keep the stain from setting, then spray with your diluted dish soap.
  4. Wash the fabric as soon as you can

THREE: Grease (gravy) Stains: 

  1. Scrape up food particles with a butter knife
  2. Blot as much as you can with a dish cloth
  3. Pour over cornstarch to soak up as much oil as possible
  4. Pre-treat with your diluted dish soap.
  5. Wash the fabric as soon as you can – on a cold setting – heat will fix the stain.

FOUR:  Tomato Based Stains (ketchup, sauces): 

  1. Scrape up the sauce with a butter knife – you don’t want to spread it all around
  2. Blot over the area with a dish cloth
  3. If you see a stain, pour over neat vinegar
  4. If the stain persists, add a drop of hydrogen peroxide and pre-treat with your diluted soap
  5. Wash the fabric as soon as you can

FIVE:  General Food Stains:

  1. Scrape up food particles with a butter knife
  2. Blot as much as you can with a dish cloth
  3. Pre-treat with your diluted dish soap
  4. Wash the fabric as soon as you can

BONUS TIP: before you apply vinegar or soap over the stain, first place a dry dish cloth under the fabric to avoid a big wet mess!

Hope these tips help you out! Stains are inevitable,  but now you have the tricks to keep a stain from sticking around!

Now it’s your turn

I bet you have a few good tips too! In the comment below: What stain removing solutions have you discovered?

4 responses to “How to Treat Stains Naturally”

  1. For set in stains that have already gone through the wash I use a presoak (actually an all natural form of the OxyClean that’s so expensive) of 1//2 cup peroxide, 1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Powder (note: NOT baking soda-you can find it in a box in the laundry aisle), and 1 cup hot water. Combine these ingredients and mix well. Pour over the stained area in a plastic wash tub and let soak for at least 1/2 hour. I usually soak mine overnight.
    Rewash with your regular was, and nearly every set in stain will have been removed.

    • Hi Monica – it’s so smart to have a good soak recipe for stains, it will save a lot of clothing from getting ruined. Hydrogen peroxide is great for whites and generally safe for colors too! Great recipe thanks 🙂

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