How to get rid of messy stains…

June 8th 2015
By: Melanie Hollidge

With summer just around the corner it’s this time of year that parents have to deal with a multitude of stains on our kid’s clothes, from ice creams to fresh fruits, so we checked out the Good Housekeeping website on their tips on how to remove these difficult stains:
Ice Lollies
Flush with cool water or soak for 30 minutes, as cool water helps to stop red, pink and purple dyes from setting. Then apply a laundry pre-treater and wash in the hottest water that's safe for the fabric.

Ice cream

GH state that soaking the item of clothing for 30 minutes and around 4 cups of water and then with a tablespoon of stain fighting detergent with enzymes, then wash it as normal.


This is one of the hardest stains to remove, they suggest applying a heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent, one with extra oil-cutting surfactants and leaving it to rest for 10 minutes, rinse and then if it doesn’t remove it all, apply a pre-treater before washing


The best way they state to remove mustard is to add a few drops of glycerin to dissolve the yellow colour, this is available at all good pharmacies. Leave it for a few minutes, rinse, and then add a pre-wash stain remover, such as Vanish.


When my children were young my daughter used to smother her food with lashings of ketchup, which invariably ended up on whatever she was wearing, so this would have been a great tip. You need to place the stain face-down on a cloth and flush it with cold water, this prevents the stain from spreading. Then dab with white vinegar to remove the tannins, then rinse. Follow with a pre-wash stain remover and then wash at the hottest temperature the fabric will allow.

Barbecue sauce

Following the first steps of putting the stain face down and flushing with water, GH suggest that you will need to pre-heat with liquid laundry detergent by dabbing the stain, then leaving it to stand for several minutes before rinsing well. Then sponge any left over stain with white vinegar and rinse again.


For blueberries and strawberries, flush stain with cool water. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent with 4.5 cups of cool water. Soak the stain in the solution for 15 minutes before rinsing again. Launder, using chlorine bleach, if safe for the fabric.
For further information on how to get out grass stains, mud and so forth out of your kid’s clothes please check out the link.

Source: Good Housekeeping 18/05/15