AD | Removing Stains: 4 Steps to Getting Rid of Every Laundry Stain + GIVEAWAY

ACE range of products on windowsill with washing hanging on line behind

Having two children under four means that practically every single day I’m faced with stains. Stains on their clothes, stains on the bedding, stains on the sofa (why, oh why did I purchase teal coloured sofas) and even stains on the laminate flooring.

They said having kids would be hard, but they never said how many stains I would have to deal with!

Before we moved into our family home, I would have been more likely to throw out stained clothes or ignore stains on the furniture than think about tackling them, but guys, I’ve changed. Becoming a homeowner has made me more Mrs Hinch than Waynetta Slob and I’m ready to share all my four step process to getting rid of even the most difficult of stains with you.

As an added bonus, at the end of this life changing post (and it will be life changing, trust me) I’ve got a giveaway to win a bundle of cleaning products that will make tackling stains even easier!

1. Deal with it immediately

The first rule of dealing with stains is making sure you tackle the issue immediately, instead of leaving the offending item on the laundry basket for weeks on end (it’s not just me that does this, right?)

Dealing with it straight away isn’t always easy when you are juggling kids, but try to get to work as quickly as possible so the stain doesn’t set, especially if we are talking about an expensive item of clothing, or one of your favourite pieces.

2. Tackle the stain

Depending on what the stain is and whether the article of clothing is a colour or a white, there are a few options when it comes to tackling the stain at hand.

If you’re looking for a natural stain remover, then white vinegar is a must have staple in your laundry cupboard. Because most stains are slightly acidic, the acidity of white vinegar means stains will dissolve once they come into contact with it. Be careful to dilute it correctly though and avoid using it on delicate fabrics which can be damaged by the acidity of it.

To boost the efficiency of white vinegar, some people like to add a little bicarbonate of soda to the solution to make a fizzy stain remover that will also work on alkaline stains such as beetroot, avocado and spinach – common baby led weaning type stains, amiright?

Another natural stain remover is salt, especially when it comes to blood stains, and god knows we have plenty of them here thanks to Dexter’s clumsiness. Simply rub a little salt on the offending stain and wash as usual.

Grease stains can be tackled naturally with a little talcum powder. Like the salt tip, simply rub a little talc on the stain and wash as normal and the grease stain will be no more!

However, if you prefer to use a product as opposed to a natural method of stain remover, look no further than market leading stain removers ACE who have a wide range of products to help you tackle any laundry stain.

ACE range of products on windowsill with washing hanging on line behind

We love the ACE bleach for whites which leaves shirts, vests, onesies and t-shirts looking fresh, crisp and as good as new. It’s perfect for tackling those yellow under arm stains, baby poop marks (the jumperoo is a godsend for five minutes peace but it always results in a poonami, up the back style poo!), food stains and general greying of whites which happens over time.

ACE have even now introduced a plastic free option, offering stain removal in a cardboard box, helping us to be more eco-friendly.

They don’t just tackle laundry stains either, ACE also offer a stain remover for use around the home, as well as a power mousse for the most stubborn of stains.

3. Don’t put the item on a hot wash

In this day and age, we shouldn’t really need to do a hot wash anyway – it’s far much more economical and better for the environment to wash on 30 (or lower!) The avoidance of a hot wash will also stop the stain setting, making it a triple win!

4. Hang your laundry outside in the sun

For me, the most important part of tackling stains comes in the final step: ensuring you hang your laundry outside in the sunshine. Yes, it can be pretty difficult this time of year (which is why following steps 1-3 is imperative) but honestly, the sun is the absolute best stain remover there is.

whites hanging outside on the line

A few months ago, I split hot sauce on a cashmere jumper belonging to my husband – I was aghast and had no idea what to do as the item couldn’t go in the washing machine and was far too delicate for any product to be used on it. I rinsed the stain immediately with warm water and decided to hang it on the line for a day or two to see what would happen. Afer 48 hours, the stain was gone – it was a miracle! (Or nature working at its finest!)

So, there we have it. A simple for step process to getting rid of any stain – an absolute godsend when you’re dealing with a weaning baby and a clumsy toddler.

Thanks to ACE, I’m giving away FOUR stain removal bundles worth £20 each, so you too can tackle any stain in the home. Entering is simple and full instructions are in the widget below. Best of luck!

ace products inside the cupboard

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74 Comments

  1. Iain MacIver
    7th November 2019 / 12:35 pm

    pre soak for stains

  2. Peter Watson
    7th November 2019 / 12:52 pm

    Use vinegar to descale a kettle.

  3. Sheena Batey
    7th November 2019 / 2:38 pm

    Work from top to bottom as dust rises

  4. Tracy Nixon
    7th November 2019 / 5:04 pm

    Rubber gloves are great for removing pet hair from sofas etc. Just pop on a pair and rub – the hair will stick to the gloves!

  5. Katie
    7th November 2019 / 6:07 pm

    white vinegar is great for sparkly windows

  6. 7th November 2019 / 8:55 pm

    Bicarb is a must to have around the home you can do so much with it! It’s a great cleaner when made into a paste and can shine up your skin!

  7. Katie B
    7th November 2019 / 9:49 pm

    White vinegar, I live it for wooden floors. It’s great with kids around!

  8. Ruth
    7th November 2019 / 9:59 pm

    Using conkers to wash clothes

  9. Solange
    7th November 2019 / 10:12 pm

    Use your washing powder as a general cleaner. It really cuts through dirt, grime and grease, very good on shower trays, baths and sinks. Put some down the loo and watch the stains disappear, no need for other high priced cleaners.

  10. Shelley Jessup
    8th November 2019 / 12:03 am

    To use a plastic broom on short hair carpets to brush up dog hairs.

  11. Eleanor Beavan
    8th November 2019 / 9:23 am

    For candle wax stains, use brown paper and and hot iron over the stain.

  12. Katrina Adams
    8th November 2019 / 10:46 am

    You don’t need expensive cleaners – baking soda and vinegar will get you far.

  13. clair downham
    8th November 2019 / 11:52 am

    use an old toothbrush for all the tiny places

  14. 8th November 2019 / 12:20 pm

    White vinegar is my go to at the moment, it’s fab for windows especially.

  15. Margaret Clarkson
    8th November 2019 / 3:50 pm

    Use biological washing powder to clean burnt pans. Simply add a tablespoon and boiling water and leave overnight. Scrub and rinse well the next day.

  16. Nadia Josephine
    8th November 2019 / 4:45 pm

    I use lemon and white vinegar to clean my kitchen as there is less chance of staining or ruining my clothes!

  17. Caroline Tinsley
    8th November 2019 / 5:54 pm

    As others have said, vinegar is brilliant! I use it on my taps and stainless steel sinks.

  18. Mel Turner
    8th November 2019 / 7:52 pm

    Lilttle and often

  19. Ruth Harwood
    9th November 2019 / 9:20 am

    Divide it into bite-size chunks! xx

  20. Maya Russell
    9th November 2019 / 11:07 am

    To help clean up dust mites make a white vinegar solution (half vinegar, half cooled boiled water) with a few drops of essential oils like peppermint, rosemary, tea-tree oil, lavender and eucalyputus. Spray on carpets, bedding, soft toys etc. It, apparently, deters dust mites and the vinegar breaks down and neutralises the faeces which causes allergies. Keep hoovering regularly as well.

  21. Anonymous
    9th November 2019 / 12:25 pm

    Laundry baskets ! One for volours one for ehites one for everything else – simple yet so effective

  22. Margaret Gallagher
    9th November 2019 / 12:26 pm

    Laundry baskets for dark colours and whites and one for everything in between – really works

  23. ADEINNE TONNER
    9th November 2019 / 1:45 pm

    Use old newspaper when washing the windows with warm soapy water

  24. Georgina Prince
    9th November 2019 / 1:45 pm

    spray zoflora on your radiators in winter and when the heating comes on the house will smell lovely x

  25. Jemma Dwyer
    9th November 2019 / 6:44 pm

    use vinegar on the sink

  26. Jodie Green
    9th November 2019 / 9:36 pm

    baby oil for stainless steel! Works wonders!

  27. Clare Munden
    10th November 2019 / 8:45 am

    I like to boil orange peel to make the kitchen smell fresh and lovely

  28. Jacqui Graham
    10th November 2019 / 10:21 am

    use hairspray for removing sticky residue from sticky labels – works a treat

  29. Ani Costa
    10th November 2019 / 11:54 am

    Bicarb of soda and white vinegar works wonders!

  30. Rishona Taylor
    10th November 2019 / 2:54 pm

    Use juice of a lemon in bowl of hot water in microwave for a few minutes to lift any grime, making it easier to clean

  31. cheryl hadfield
    10th November 2019 / 7:45 pm

    Using a damp cloth to dust add a few drops of zoflora, dusts really well and smells good too

  32. Carole Nott
    10th November 2019 / 8:12 pm

    I use new paint brushes for dusting surfaces and tricky ornaments

  33. Lorna Ledger
    11th November 2019 / 6:41 pm

    I love putting a bit of essential oil in my wash – my clothes smell fab

  34. Andrea Upton
    11th November 2019 / 8:55 pm

    Clean as you go so you don’t end up with way too much to do

  35. Kim Styles
    12th November 2019 / 12:26 pm

    soak whites with stains on in nappysan before washiing

  36. Rachel Roach
    12th November 2019 / 2:21 pm

    Vinegar solution

  37. Alison Johnson
    12th November 2019 / 6:11 pm

    Bicarbonate Soda made into a paste & white vinegar is a great mixture for cleaning your oven.

  38. Rich Tyler
    13th November 2019 / 1:19 am

    Using a lemon to clean fridge

  39. Kristyn Harris
    13th November 2019 / 11:33 am

    Keep to a good routine and have all your cleaning products easy to hand. I put mine in a child-proof box.

  40. Charlotte isobelle
    14th November 2019 / 9:32 am

    lemon and hot water for shine

  41. katherine s
    16th November 2019 / 7:04 am

    My top cleaning hack is to clean as you go. Don’t let it pile up.

  42. Michaela Turner
    17th November 2019 / 5:12 am

    Stick to one room a day so you can really focus on cleaning that particular room each week

  43. Naila M
    17th November 2019 / 5:49 pm

    Use white vinegar its helpful when cleaning your windows 🙂

  44. Julie Scattergood
    18th November 2019 / 1:13 am

    You’ve pretty much covered my usual routine in this post. I would emphasise to deal with the stain immediately and have a selection of core products in stock to enable that to happen.

  45. Amy Bondoc
    18th November 2019 / 6:06 pm

    baking powder with a little water means no scrubbing tte oven!!

  46. Emma England
    19th November 2019 / 11:23 am

    My top tip is to just spend 30 mins a day on cleaning and then you’ll always stay on top of it

  47. Kim Neville
    19th November 2019 / 2:09 pm

    Use vinegar to get rid of hard water spots

  48. James Travis
    19th November 2019 / 4:02 pm

    Clean as you go along, don’t let it build up otherwise you’ll become overwhelmed with a mammoth task.

  49. Alex Telford
    19th November 2019 / 10:09 pm

    Use clothes not wipes, so much better for the environment ?

  50. Susan Willshee
    21st November 2019 / 9:48 pm

    use a scrim cloth to clean windows. It’s much more likely to clean without smears.

  51. Cathryn Crawshaw
    21st November 2019 / 10:11 pm

    pre soak for stains

  52. Anonymous
    22nd November 2019 / 3:20 pm

    Baby oil gives an amazing shine on kitchen sinks I do this after iv had a good clean

  53. Lynn Neal
    22nd November 2019 / 5:27 pm

    Use an old toothbrush dipped in bleach to clean tile grouting!

  54. Janine Atkin
    22nd November 2019 / 6:24 pm

    clean as you go

  55. Rachael Sexey
    23rd November 2019 / 10:20 am

    I put on my favourite playlist and dance whilst I clean

  56. Anthea Holloway
    23rd November 2019 / 11:03 am

    Little and often so you don’t get bogged down in cleaning tasks!

  57. Samantha M
    23rd November 2019 / 1:47 pm

    Keep some white vinegar handy as it’s good for emergency carpet stains!

  58. Sheri Darby
    23rd November 2019 / 6:47 pm

    Little and often, with the occasional big cleaning project

  59. Kirsty Taylor
    23rd November 2019 / 8:38 pm

    I use a handheld floor brush to clean the wall tiles in my shower – the stains and mould come right off.

  60. ellie spider
    23rd November 2019 / 9:06 pm

    to get rid of nasty smells and grease in your oven, microwave or fridge pop a sliced up lemon in a bowl of hot water and leave with the door closed 🙂 wipe over the inside with a damp cloth and it will be sparkly clean and smellling great

  61. Melissa Lee
    24th November 2019 / 9:11 am

    I love sugar soap – it’s great for cleaning bathtubs and showers

  62. Carly Belsey
    24th November 2019 / 10:39 am

    I use a scrunched up newspaper to clean mirrors. It actually works really well to get them sparkling

  63. paula cheadle
    24th November 2019 / 11:32 am

    Brown sauce for cleaning copper

  64. Denise Walton
    24th November 2019 / 12:06 pm

    I use bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar to clean quite a few things

  65. Sarah Morris
    24th November 2019 / 2:24 pm

    A little everyday

  66. Catherine Gregory
    24th November 2019 / 4:00 pm

    If you want to get fresh clean carpets sprinkle with baking powder and leave for an hour then hoover. Great at making rooms smell fresh

  67. Rachel B
    24th November 2019 / 4:19 pm

    Get your kids to help and lighten the load!

  68. Jeanette Leighton
    24th November 2019 / 4:38 pm

    Use lemon juice to escape a kettle or coffee maker

  69. Tammy Neal
    24th November 2019 / 5:49 pm

    Baby wipes work wonders on tough stains

  70. Hayley F
    24th November 2019 / 6:12 pm

    Do it as you go, then the cleaning won’t build up x

  71. Kate Davies
    24th November 2019 / 7:10 pm

    A rubber window squeegee is great for getting pet hair out of carpets.

  72. Jennifer Toal
    24th November 2019 / 9:21 pm

    Newspaper for smear free windows

  73. Kirsteen Mackay
    24th November 2019 / 9:30 pm

    Baby oil is great for making chrome shine like new.

  74. Tee Simpson
    24th November 2019 / 11:21 pm

    My tip is to use vinegar and water to clean and wipe down surfaces. It cuts grease and grime and is environmentally good

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