Getting the Stains Out

Clothes frequently get tossed on the garage sale pile because of stains.  A little red wine splash here, a little ketchup blob there, some sweat stains in the armpits: all of this adds up to an unattractive garment that won't sell for much.  But hey!  This is actually a great opportunity for you to purchase incredibly inexpensive clothing and maybe get way more than your money's worth out of it.

Getting stains out by way of a washing machine

Some of the most common stains on garage sale clothing are yellowing, oily stains, juice spots, and ink stains.  Yellowing occurs in light-colored clothing and turns otherwise white fabric a grungy yellow, often from sweat.  The armpits and neckline may be prime candidates for yellowing.  The rest of the stains commonly occur on the front of garments.  You may be surprised at how many otherwise quality shirts are discarded due to a stain, but some people don't know how to get out tough stains and are wealthy enough to just buy a new one.

Commercial products may be the only option once a stain reaches a certain age -- the chemical mixtures have a potency that home remedies just can't reach.  However, you'll want to be selective about which stain remover you shell out the big bucks for: it should be something you want to rely on for everyday stains, as well as one that is powerful enough to get out older stains in your garage sale purchases.  OxiClean, Spray and Wash, Tide pens, and Shout are all great products that will powerfully and reliably take out stains (to a point, of course) without ruining your clothes.

If you're dealing with white clothes -- particularly when it comes to yellowing problems -- the best option is household bleach.  Just toss a little in the load with the detergent and watch the unwanted color fade away.  You can also use bleach in small amounts as part of a two-two punch to get out hair dye stains.

There are plenty of other homemade remedies you can use, if you don't want to pay for commercial chemicals:

-    Get rid of oily stains with a paste of sugar and water.

-    Get rid of other non-oily stains by combining lukewarm water, detergent, and white vinegar and applying it to the stained area.

-    Get rid of ink stains with hairspray and a light solution of vinegar and water.

-    Get rid of sweat stains by combining 1/4 salt with 1 quart of hot water and applying to the affected area before washing.

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Samantha Claires
Samantha Claires
4/5/2013 10:12:45 AM #

It would really be disgusting finding some stains on clothes you've bought on garage. But if it's really a good deal, detergents may have to work by then. To add up, before you use these clothes, you can soak it first on warm water for about 20 to 30 minutes. By doing this, you can't just get rid of some oily stains but it also helps in killing some lodged bacterias.  

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