Nov 24, 2009

Salt & Your Laundry

Salt is a super stain remover on clothing, helps maintain bright colors, and can even eliminate sticky spots on your iron. It can also reduce yellowing in clothes and mildew on shower curtains.

Please note: None of these tips should be tried with dry-clean-only fabrics.

So there is no need to be spending a lot on stain remover? Woo hoo!

edited-additional info:

Color Bleeding: Add 1/2 cup of salt to the wash cycle to prevent new colored fabrics from running.

Curtains and Rugs: The colors of washable curtains or fiber rugs can be brightened by washing them in a saltwater solution.

Brighten faded rugs with a brisk rub using a cloth dampened with a strong saltwater solution.

Yellowing: Boil yellowed cotton or linen fabrics in a mixture of water, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/4 cup baking soda. Soak the fabric for 1 hour.

Blood: Soak a blood stain on cotton, linen, or other natural fiber in cold saltwater for 1 hour. Wash using warm water and laundry soap, then boil the fabric in a large kettle of boiling water. Wash again.

How Salt Can Solve Perspiration Problems: Don't sweat it. Those yellow stains in the armpits and around the collar of your favorite white T-shirts aren't a sign that you're sweating too much or not cleaning properly.

These areas are just harder to get clean and are made up of more than just old perspiration and dirt.

Undissolved deodorants may be a culprit, too. If you have hard water, the deodorant residue (and soap and perspiration) can't wash out properly. Here is a method for removing those sweat stains.

Mix 1 quart water with 4 tablespoons salt. Sponge this mixture onto the stained area, then repeat until the stain disappears. Wash as usual.

A fresh blood stain: should disappear easily if it is immediately covered with salt and blotted with cold water. Keep adding fresh water and blotting until the stain is gone.

Gravy: Try covering a fresh gravy stain with salt and letting it absorb as much of the grease as possible. A stubborn stain may need a 50/50 solution of ammonia and vinegar dabbed on and blotted until the stain disappears.

Grease: Remove a fresh grease spot on the fabric by covering it with salt. Wait for the salt to absorb the grease, then gently brush the salt away. Repeat until the spot is gone, then launder as usual.

Double-knit fabrics can be a stain challenge when it comes to grease. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to a small dish of ammonia, and dab the mixture directly onto the grease spot. Let sit, then wash as usual.

Ink: Rub salt onto a fresh ink stain on fabric, and soak the fabric overnight in milk. Wash the fabric as usual.

Mildew: Make a thin paste of lemon juice and salt, then spread the paste on mildew stains. Lay the clothing item out in the sun to bleach it, then rinse and dry.
A mixture of salt, vinegar, and water should remove mildew stains on most fabrics. Use up to full-strength vinegar if mildew is extensive.

Prevent mildew growth on shower curtains by soaking them in a bathtub full of saltwater (½ cup salt into the tub). Soak the curtains for several hours, then hang them to dry.

As you've seen, salt can be a vital asset in the list of laundry ingredients. See what salt can do for you.


harlinda halim said...

o yeke..bleh basuh CD dgn garam la eh? =)

Confession of a Coffeeholic Mama-Miya said...

yup, i read it is better u rendam CD dgn air garam drpd rendam dlm enzyme. its chemical free & natural bacterial killer..

e.l.i.s.s.m.i.e said...

yer ker..abes laa garam nak buat masak pasni..hahaha

Confession of a Coffeeholic Mama-Miya said...

elissmie--> tu la, dah plan nak beli garam sekilo ni. katanye in each washing, add 1/2 cup salt.

yatie chomeyl said...

winter clothes i byk yg kaler putih, pastu ada byklah stain spot yg susah nak tanggal. nanti inak try lah cuci dgn garam like u suggested here

Confession of a Coffeeholic Mama-Miya said...

yatie--> after being a mom, pikir 2-3 kali nak pakai whites i googles about this info sebab tensen cuci baju2 miya. baju dia mmg byk putih2. slalu aje stain tak hilang..menci menci..

nadnye said...

boleh basuh stain darah kan pad cloth pad dan pakaian dalam lain jika terkena.. .

fiza said...

Thanks for the info ija, lpas ni haruslah beli garam bebanyak ☺☺

Drama Mama said...

ha thanks! i tengah pening ni baju irfan banyak benar stain yang taknak keluar. nak try garam plak pasni

stain yang dah lama bole jugak ka?

Mila_ibu najihah said...

oh mama miya... lunch trus ke kedai membeli sebungkus garam..ahaks.. TQ for the info.

CuppyCakeMommy said...

macam mana nak hilangkan tahi lalat kat baju eh..boleh ke letak garam cam ni

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