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Chocolate, Mud, Crayon: How to Remove These 10 Stains From Kids’ Clothes

From stains of your child getting messy with chocolate to crayon drawings on clothes to mud blotches on white uniforms, doing kids laundry is a daunting task. Here’s how you can make an easy job of it.

Mud Stain

There is something about puddles that kids find tempting: They simply can’t resist the urge of splashing in mud. The sight of children playing in wet fields and mud patches on their white or coloured school uniforms is far too familiar in the monsoons. The good news is, these stains can be made to disappear quite easily. Here’s how you can get back the brightness of clothes.

  • Brush off dry mud.
  • Rinse in cold water.
  • If mud marks persist, rub in a little detergent and wash normally.

Milk/Cream Stain

Although you may think that milk and cream stains easily go away (since they’re pale and whitish), they’re a tough nut to crack once dry. Milk comprises protein and fat that can stick deep into the fabric and leave a long-lasting mark. Following the below steps can help you make your clothes blemish-free again.

  • Flush the stain with cold water.
  • Blot with a clean cloth.
  • If stain is still apparent, sponge with a white spirit.

Chocolate Stain

You can’t let the little ones NOT have chocolate! It’s an indulgence that is unavoidable and so are the messy chocolate stains on their clothes. However, these are not-to-be-missed playful moments of your kid. So let them thoroughly enjoy and easily remove the most stubborn stains with these simple steps.

  • Scrape off the excess chocolate.
  • Sponge with cold water and soak in an enzyme pre-wash.
  • If stain persists, rub a little detergent and rinse in cold water.

Ice cream Stain

Hot summers and ice cream dripping on your little one’s clothes are a common sight! What’s worrisome is that the protein-based ice cream stain is difficult to completely remove and can linger long if not treated properly. Here’s what you can do.

  • Rinse in cold water.
  • Blot with a clean cloth.
  • If stain remains, sponge with a white spirit.

Fruits

While fruits are perfect for your child’s health, their stains aren’t for clothes’ health. Children enjoy making a mess out of juicy fruits such as mangoes, strawberries, blueberries and oranges, which can leave nasty marks on fabrics if you don’t wash them off quickly. Take a look at how to remove fruit stains.

  • Brush off any excess from the garment.
  • Rinse under cold, running water.
  • Rub a little detergent on the stain.
  • Wash the garment as you normally would.

Grass Stain

You can’t restrain kids from getting messed up playing in grounds and lawns, but you can get rid of the grass blots that are a common sight on knee, back and elbow areas of clothes. Grass stains are sturdy, acting like dye because of complex proteins and natural pigmentation. Here’s what you can do to make them fade away.

  • Remove any excess grass from the fabric.
  • Rub in an enzyme pre-wash.
  • Wash normally.

Cuffs and Collar Stain

Dirty collars and cuffs are perhaps the most common feature in children’s laundry. Whether it’s a school shirt or a white sports sweater, regular contact of collar with neck and cuff sleeves rubbing over surfaces make them the most soiled parts of the garment. Unless scrubbed, they simply don’t go away. Try this method to get rid of such stains.

  • Pre-treat with pre-wash stain remover such as IFB essentials Fabo or rub with bar soap.
  • Wash the garment as you normally would.

Crayon Stain

Did your little one smudge an entire garment with crayon, imagining it to be a colouring board? Or did a crayon slip in with a trouser and into the laundry load, only to dye other clothes? Crayon stains can be extremely tough to remove due to the combination of waxy oil and dye. Here’s what you should do.

  • Scrape off surface wax.
  • Place stain face down between paper towel and press.
  • Treat remaining stain with pre-wash stain remover or non-flammable dry cleaning fluid.
  • Hand-wash the fabric to remove solvent.
  • Wash using fabric-safe bleach.

Ink Stain

Ink stains seem to have a knack of targeting light-shade garments. Writing with ink pens and drawing with sketch pens lead to blots on children’s uniforms, or the pen might just leak in the pocket sometimes. Although some inks may be impossible to remove and washing may even set it in the fabric, try the following steps to make them vanish.

  • Pre-treat the stain using pre-wash stain remover, denatured alcohol or non-flammable dry cleaning fluid.
  • Wash the garment normally.

Blood Stain

Unfortunate as it may sound, your child may end up bruising his knee while playing football or fielding during a cricket game. Did the injury leave blood stains on his clothes? Here’s how you can wash them off. The sooner; the better!

  • Rinse immediately in cold water.
  • Scrub it gently.
  • If stain remains, soak in cold water with an enzyme pre-wash.
  • Wash normally.

Stain Removal with IFB essentials’ Fabric Care Range

You can also make these stains on your kids’ clothes vanish easily by using the IFB essentials Fabric Care range. The IFB Essentials range is available online or at an IFB Point, our exclusive store. Access IFB Store Locator and find the IFB Point closest to you.

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