How to remove some of the most common stains:
Water colour paint stains: If they are recent, eliminate these stains by dabbing them with a cloth soaked in a mix of water and ammonia. If the stain is dry, dab it with a cloth soaked in petrol.
Glue stains: If the glue has already dried, removing these stains can be difficult. After scraping off the excess, dab with a cloth soaked in meths or a solvent recommended by the manufacturer. You can also try soaking the stain in white vinegar then dabbing it with a hot wet cloth.
Ink stains: Remove the stain by soaking it in milk. Lemon juice with added salt also removes ink stains. Use alcohol or bleach on white cotton. On coloured cotton, use a mixture of water and alcohol vinegar. Hairspray can also be very effective at diluting ink. Spray then dry immediately with a clean cloth. Repeat until the stain disappears.
Bird droppings: Remove by dabbing with a cloth that’s been soaked in bleach or ammonia.
Felt-tip stains: White cotton: dab with a cloth soaked in soapy water, then soak the item in bleach. Coloured cotton: dab the stain with a cloth soaked in soapy water. Once the stain has been diluted dab with a cloth soaked in surgical spirit, or rub with a cloth soaked in warm milk or a juice of one lemon. Synthetic or artificial fibres: dab the stain with a cloth soaked in vinegar (except on acetate). Rinse and wash. Wool/satin: dab the stain with a cloth soaked in lemon juice until it disappears.
Highlighter stains: Soak the stained zone in milk, scrub and rinse.
Make-up stains: Never wet a make-up stain. Remove with mineral essence. Talc removes ring-shaped stains.
Foundation stains: Remove these stains by dabbing with a cloth soaked in ether. Repeat until the stain disappears, then wash with soapy water. You can also pour a little make-up remover on a tissue, scrub and hand wash with strong soap, rubbing gently.
Grass stains: Soak the stained zone with vinegar. Leave to react and rinse. If the stain does not disappear, dab with a cloth soaked in slightly diluted alcohol and rinse. Then wash again with soap and rinse again. On white cotton, rub the stain with a cloth soaked with lemon juice, then rinse. On delicate fabric, use meths or water mixed with ammonia.
Lipstick stains: Use a cloth soaked in ether or butter before washing. Non-oily make-up remover also works.
Bloodstains: A bloodstain is easily removed with cold water or oxygenated water. On dark fabric, eye serum gives good results. Don’t foget to wash and rinse the item afterwards. You can also use a mix of water, cornflour (or flour or talc). On older stains, use water with soda crystals added to it and don’t forget to rinse. Oxygenated water also gives good results. On silk, dab with a cloth soaked in meths.
Sweat stains: Yellow perspiration stains can be removed with a cloth soaked in water mixed with ammonia or white vinegar. If the item is white, use a cloth soaked in oxygenated water. On delicate fabric, dab with a cloth soaked in diluted lemon juice. Leave to dry, then wash. If the clothing is discloured by perspiration, you need to soak it quickly in a bath of water and white vinegar alcohol (half and half).