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Sports clothes: Top tips for stain removal

With summer sports season underway, we find ourselves needing some top tips for removing stains from sports clothes whether it be grass stains, mud or even clay from a tennis clay court. The professional domestic cleaning experts have put together some too tips to help you in your quest to removing stains to put the sparkle back into your whites!

Yellow Stains (perspiration or mildew)

Toothpaste: Toothpaste can be applied directly to a yellow stain to brighten it. Rub the toothpaste over the entire stained area with a bristle brush until the stain is lifted. Once the stain is removed, wash the clothing to remove the toothpaste.

Lime or Lemon Juice: Lemon juice brightens yellow stains (such as perspiration) on white and lightly coloured clothing. Apply pure lemon juice to the entire stained area and leave the piece of clothing in the sun all day as this will help to bleach the stain. Wash the garment as normal by hand or in a washing machine to remove the lemon juice as soon as you come indoors. This method also works very effectively for removing rust stains.

White vinegar: This is much safer to use on delicate items of clothing than bleach for example and all you need to do is add a cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle of your wash.

Grass stains

White vinegar & Washing up liquid: Mix equal quantities of white vinegar, washing up liquid and water and mix well. Then work the solution into the stain and allow to stand for 5 minutes and launder with a biological laundry liquid as usual. You could add another cup of white vinegar as an extra measure to ensure the clothes sparkle!

Surgical Spirit: Alcohol is a solvent, which helps to lift off the green pigmentation left by the grass. Before starting to use this, please test that the clothing material can tolerate surgical spirit by carrying out a small patch test. Then apply a small amount to a clean sponge and dab it across the stain. Avoid wiping or scrubbing the mark though. Rinse in cold water and then apply a small amount of liquid biological detergent massaging it into the clothing, helping it to get deeper into the fabric. Allow to soak for 15 minutes before washing in the machine as normal.

Good luck in using the top tips for stain removal. We hope it saves you time and effort.