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Stain Buster — Bleach

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Fabric

Mix one tablespoon of sodium thiosulfate with one cup of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the sodium thiosulfate solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Keep sponging and blotting until the stain disappears. Wash as usual.

 

Upholstery

Mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid with two cups of cool water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Keep sponging and blotting until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of cool water. Sponge the stain with the solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

Carpet

Mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid with two cups of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Keep sponging and blotting until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with the solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

Worth a try

You might be able to save a mistakenly bleached item by dying it a darker colour. Treat the item first with a color remover, which will help minimize the contrast between the bleach spots and the original colour, so that the item will dye evenly.

 

Treat the bleach

If you splash bleach on carpeting or upholstery, the color loss is permanent. You should still treat the stain, however; if you leave it untreated, it may oxidize to a yellowish color.

 

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