The three P's of stain removal
Most stains can eventually be removed by following these procedures. However, some stains are stubborn and may only be lightened.
Promptness – Treat stains as quickly as possible before laundering. Age and washing prior to retreating can set some stains.
Patience – If the garment is worth saving, it’s worth extra effort and time to follow stain removal procedures.
Persistence – Because some stains are difficult to remove, it may be necessary to repeat a procedure several times.
Brighten Colors with Salt
Hard water can cause clothes to become dull or dingy after several washings. To solve this problem, add a couple of pinches of ordinary table salt to the washer with the detergent. Let some water run in the washer to dissolve detergent and salt, then add clothes. Colored clothes will come out much brighter.
Think you have to take that sheer voile blouse, beaded top, fringed silk shawl, or lace trimmed dress to the cleaners? Think again! You can clean these by simply tying the articles in a cotton pillow case, knotting it closed, and washing in cold water on regular cycle. Beads, sequins, buttons and delicate laces will not fall to pieces, and garments can be restored by steam ironing or steaming in the shower!