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.
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.
3. 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.
6. 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.
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.
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.
To remove dried in paint, scrape off the excess and flush the rest with warm water from behind the stain. Sponge the stain with washing-up liquid mixed with water. Rinse and repeat as necessary.
Rub a bit of washing-up liquid into the stain then wash in hot water.
13. 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.