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Top Ten Cleaning Tips Consolidated Coin Laundry
When applying stain-removing solutions to fabric, it's best to work at the stain from the back of the fabric and not the front. This way the stain won't spread deeper into the fabric.

1. To remove cooking grease stains: use dishwashing detergent, or waterless mechanic's soap before washing as usual. To remove black grease stains: saturate the stain with rubbing alcohol, then blot with a clean white cloth.

2. To restore your clothes to white (and not damage the fabric), soak them them in warm water and color safe or oxygen bleach for 24 hours, then rinse them with white vinegar and water. Use one tablespoon of vinegar to one quart of water.

3. To remove an egg stain, cover the area with salt and let sit an hour before washing.

4. To remove makeup stains, rub shampoo or dish detergent (preferrably a grease cutting formula), into the stain. You could also try spraying with hairspray or using a non-oily makeup remover to remove the stain. Then, launder as usual.

5. To remove chocolate, rub with a borax and warm water solution before laundering (4 tbsp. borax to 2 1/2 cups water).

6. To remove a red wine stain, immediately pour white wine over the red wine stain. White wine neutralizes the red wine and will make the stain vanish. Then launder as usual. Make sure the stain is completely gone before putting garment into the dryer.

7. To remove ink stains, use hair spray. Spray onto the stained area generously, and let it sit for a few minutes. Wash right away and the ink should be removed when the washing cycle is done.

8. To take chewing gum off clothes, place the item of clothing in a plastic bag, then freeze it for about an hour. Take the clothing out of the freezer, then bend the fabric across the stain to crack the gum. Chip off the pieces with a dull knife.

9. To remove crayon stains, first scrape the stain with a butter knife to remove as much crayon as possible. Then scrub it with a non-gel toothpaste. Wash as usual after the treatment.

10. To remove latex paint, use Rubbing alcohol. Let stain soak in alcohol a little, or rub with an alcohol-soaked Q-Tip, then wipe the paint away.

To eliminate static cling from clothing, try stroking the garment with a wire hanger.

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