Here are some handy stain removal remedies for some of the most common stubborn stains that you’re likely to encounter.
Mix some washing powder and a little water in a bottle cap and apply directly to the stain. Leave it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before putting it in the washing machine as normal.
2. Red wine
Lie the garment flat on a table and cover the red stain with salt. Leave the stain to absorb the salt (watch for the red stain to turn to pink) then 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 the brown stain with a paper towel. Do not rub with the paper towel as it will make things worse. Dab with distilled white vinegar before washing as normal.
4. Grease or oil
Mix washing-up liquid and water together then apply it to the stain. The garment is now ready for washing.
Add four tablespoons of salt into a litre of cold water, then soak the garment in the mixture for 30 minutes. Rinse then hang out to dry.
Soak a garment that has blood on it as soon as you can in cold water, 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 acts like a dry sponge and helps to lift any 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 any remaining surface 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 baking paper and iron over it to melt the remaining wax on to the paper.
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 any excess liquid. Cover with washing-up liquid and then distilled white vinegar. Soak in cold water, then dry naturally in sunshine.