To save your clothes or tablecloth from being ruined by a wine spill, mix up a soaking solution of a litre of warm water, half a teaspoon of liquid handwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Leave for 15 minutes then rinse. Next, lightly sponge with rubbing alcohol from centre to edge of stain. Use one tablespoon of enzyme presoaking product in a litre of warm water to soak the fabric for a further 30 minutes. If there are still stains and the fabric is safe to bleach, go ahead and launder with chlorine or oxygen bleach.
For beer spills, sponge the area with water or soak it in a basin for about 30 minutes. Remember to use cool water. Then treat with a stain remover and launder the garment, using bleach if the fabric is suitable.
Get onto those fizzy drink stains with cool water and a sponge. For larger stains, soak for 30 minutes then treat with prewash stain remover. Launder with bleach if it is safe to do so.
Cherry juice is not a lost cause! Treat it in much the same way as strawberry and blueberry stains. Soak for 15 mins in a solution of 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, ½ teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent and 1 litre of water. Try rubbing alcohol or bleach if the stain is still there.
Act fast with messy beetroot stains by mixing one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of cool water. Sponge this solution onto the stain with a white cloth and keep blotting until the cloth comes away clean. If there is still a coloured stain, mix a tablespoon of ammonia with half a cup of cool water and use the same method to blot the area. Rinse with cold water then blot dry.
For a salsa stain, grab your pretreatment laundry stain remover and saturate the area. Leave it for a minute before laundering as normal. Opt for an aerosol type of stain remover for greasy stains.
Treat tomato sauce stains exactly the same as BBQ sauce: Flush with cold water from the reverse, use a pretreating stain remover and loosen with a soft-bristle brush (an old toothbrush works well). Rinse, then sponge with white vinegar, pretreat and launder. Try soaking in laundry detergent or washing with bleach if it is still there.
If you happen to have a stain from melted ice cream, grab a blunt kitchen knife and scrape off excess ice cream. Next, mix together one litre of water with half a teaspoon of liquid handwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia. Soak the area for 15 minutes; loosen the stain by rubbing gently from the back. Soak for a further 15 minutes then rinse. Note: never mix ammonia with chlorine bleach as the fumes are hazardous.
If you've accidentally slopped gravy on your clothes, reach for a pretreatment laundry stain remover. Saturate the area with the product then leave for a minute before laundering. If that doesn't work, go for a chlorine or oxygen bleach soak (if it is save for fabric).
If a dollop of cream finds its way onto your fabric, reach for your blunt kitchen knife, liquid detergent and ammonia and follow the same instructions as for ice cream.
Flush the stain with cold water from the inside of the garment. Use a pretreater liquid laundry detergent then loosen the stain by tapping with a soft-bristle brush. Let this stand for a few minutes then rinse. Sponge the area with white vinegar, rinse, pretreat again, then launder. If the sauce stain still won't budge, soak in laundry detergent and warm water for up to 30 minutes then wash again (you can use bleach if the fabric is suitable)
This super food can be super messy so flush juice stains with cool water ASAP. Mix up a soaking solution of 1 tablespoon white vinegar, ½ teaspoon liquid laundry detergent and a litre of cool water. Leave the garment to soak for 15 minutes then rinse it out. If the stain is still there, sponge with rubbing alcohol then rinse. If all else fails launder using chlorine bleach, if it won't damage the fabric.
Scrape of the splodge of mayo then apply a prewash stain remover. When laundering, use the hottest water possible without damaging the fabric- be sure to check the care label.
For mustard mishaps, carefully scrape off excess from the surface before using a prewash stain remover. Another option is to rub glycerine into the area before letting it sit for a few minutes, then rinse. When laundering, use the hottest water temperature which the care label suggests, with bleach if the fabric is suitable.
Juicy strawberry stains need to be rinsed with cool water then soaked for 15 minutes in the same solution as the blueberry stain: 1 tablespoon white vinegar, ½ teaspoon liquid laundry detergent and 1 litre warm water. If the stain is still there, sponge with rubbing alcohol and rinse again. Use bleach when washing the garment if appropriate for the fabric.
To tackle sunscreen spills, scrape of the lotion then apply a prewash stain remover. Use the hottest temperature recommended by the care label.