This week we’ll be sharing some of our fave tips from The Bible aka ‘Completely Spotless’ by Shannon Lush & Jennifer Fleming. Hopefully they’ll help you manage disasters you may encounter with your wardrobe.
Scenario 1: You’ve been indulging in the most delicious Devonshire tea and spill some cream on your fave silk shirt. What do you do?
Squeeze on a pea sized amount of dishwashing liquid, gently massaging it into the stain until it becomes jelly like. Rinse in luke warm water and dry slowly in the shade.
If you’re left with water marks, soak a cloth in equal parts of white vinegar and water. Wring and heavily press soaked cloth in the centre, easing pressure as you move outwards. Dry in shade.
Scenario 2: Your family are coming over for dinner and you’re cooking up a storm. The splash of oil intended for the pot ends up on your new dress. What do you do?
Firstly, you probably should have worn an apron… But we’re here to help not make things worse
Method 1: Squirt 1-2 drops of dishwashing liquid onto the stain and rub it with until it feels like jelly. Rinse in cold water.
Method 2: Sprinkle some talcum powder on the stain until it cakes. Brush off with a suitable brush. That one’s a tip from Sprinkle’s Dad!
Scenario 3: Yep, it’s happened to us all! Lipstick smudges on our clothing as well as that of others… What to do?
Pour some glycerin on a cotton ball and wipe the stain from the outside to inside. Make sure you don’t get the fabric too wet.If that doesn’t work you could also try using white spirits on a cloth, wiping away at the stain. Finish by using a damp cloth and hang your garment to dry.
Scenario 4: Red wine with dinner? Yes please! Let’s face it, a spillage is bound to happen and when it does, you’ll know exactly what to do.
Here’s what you do: Make sure you treat it straight away by covering the stain with salt. Then, dampen a cloth in some white vinegar, wiping away at the stain until it’s gone. Yay! There’ll be no traces of your mishap left!
Scenario 5: That morning coffee was a great idea until it made its way onto your new frock!
If you’ve some glycerin on hand, apply it to a cotton ball. Wipe away at the stain, removing as much as you can. Wash normally. Voila, you’re back to a new-looking garment
Scenario 6: Dry cleaning can get expensive, so here’s a tip you can use for the woollen items – dresses, tops skirts – in your wardrobe.
Sprinkle the item with salt, as thickly as poppy seeds on bread. Rub with a clean hanky or piece of linen. Remember not to move in circular motions, but up and down, following the grain of the fabric. Once the item is clean, give it a really good shake and brush with a clothing brush (bristle side) .
Scenario 7: Ick. Collar grime. It happens, but what are you meant to do when it does?
2 words: NapiSan OxyAction. Mix it with a bit of water until it forms a paste, the consistency of peanut butter. Apply to stain and leave for 20 minutes before washing and drying normally. Photo: Ick. Collar grime. It happens, but what are you meant to do when it does? 2 words: NapiSan OxyAction. Mix it with a bit of water until it forms a paste, the consistency of peanut butter. Apply to stain and leave for 20 minutes before washing and drying normally.