How to remove stains naturally

I am constantly spilling, tripping over, and accidently tipping out liquids. As a result, I've had to learn to become resilient in the battle against stains!

Every second counts! As soon as you notice a blemish you need to act! The longer a stain has to soak in, the tougher it will be to remove.

If it's an oil stain: sprinkle the area with cornflour, which will draw out and soak up excess liquid - don't blot or rub the oil away. Then run it through the wash as normal.

For a thinner liquid stain you can blot: grab a clean cloth (so that you're not rubbing any more dirt into the area). To prevent the stain from spreading start from the outside of the area and work your way in - gently dabbing as you go.

Use baking soda: if a stain is stubborn you can make a paste of 1 part baking soda and 1 part water. Spread this on the stain and leave for about 15 minutes. Wash as normal.

Clean and brighten whites with vinegar: I always use white vinegar when washing my lights. It acts as a fabric softener and will cut through grease.

Cut through grease with eucalyptus oil: Add a cap of eucalyptus oil to the rinse cycle of your washing. It smells amazing and is great for tough grease stains.

You can also boil whites and linen in lemon and water (throw in your socks while you're at it): Fill a large pot with hot water and slice one or two lemons. Bring the water to the boil then turn off the heat. Let it soak for an hour or so and then wash as normal. You could also just add a cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle.

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