Cleaning Tips: Light Oils To Ointment
Light Oils, e.g. sewing machine, hair oil, baby oil etc.
Rub some dishwashing liquid into the stain, leave for 10-15 minutes, then hot wash using your normal laundry detergent. If any stain remains, repeat the process. For unwashable fabrics or articles, see under Butter.
Lipstick & Other Cosmetics
e.g. eyeshadow, mascara, blusher – washing with your usual laundry product may remove these stains. Pre-treat the dry fabric stain with a laundry pre-soak (spot stain remover). On an unwashable fabric, first try dry cleaning fluid. If stains are stubborn, sponge with equal quantities of methylated spirits (wood alcohol) and household ammonia. (Test on colored fabrics first). If color fades, reduce ammonia by half and test again. Rinse in warm water, or wash if possible.
Try to find out from doctor or chemist what the medicine contains, as this will aid in selecting the correct treatment: e.g. iron tonics – treat as for iron rust: medicines containing alcohol, rinse with methylated spirits (wood alcohol), etc. Where contents cannot be discovered proceed as for “Unknown Stain”.
Treat as soon as discovered, before the mold has time to weaken the cloth. Slight, fresh stains can often be removed by washing with your usual laundry product and drying in the sun. Otherwise, try these methods in turn, proceeding carefully with colored articles:
a] Chlorinated laundry bleaches may be used for white untreated cottons and linens, according to general instructions given by the manufacturer. Rinse thoroughly before washing.
b] Vinegar added to the final rinse will help remove any traces of smell remaining from the bleach.
c] A diaper wash/sanitizer containing sodium percarbonate is safe on all white and colored fabrics.
Motor Grease & Heavy Motor Oil
Scrape away as much as possible. For washable materials, rub lard or Vaseline into stain or treat dry fabric with a laundry pre-soak (spot stain remover). Wash in a quality Laundry powder or Liquid. On unwashable materials, such stains are difficult. Treat repeatedly with dry cleaning fluid, continuously changing the pad and the sponging cloth. Finish with a sponging of lukewarm water and synthetic detergent, then warm water to rinse. If contaminated with metal particles, an iron stain my remain. Treat as for Iron Rust.
Allow to dry, then brushing off. Any remaining stain may be removed by washing or sponging with your usual laundry powder or liquid or if greasy dirt, pre-treat dry fabric with a laundry pre-soak (spot stain remover) or use a grease solvent, e.g. dry cleaning fluid.
Scrape any excess mustard from the fabric, ensuring you don’t spread the stain any further. Dry the mustard-stained area. Mix together 3 parts dishwashing liquid with 1 part of a D’Limonene based product. Soak the stained area in this solution for 10-15 minutes. NOTE: On occasion the mustard stain will turn very dark, but DON’T PANIC – it will wash out! After the soak time, rinse in water as hot as is suitable for the fabric, then wash as usual, but preferrably with a Laundry Liquid. This treatment may require repeating.
Apply acetone or amyl acetate (polish removers), but take care with synthetic fibers, as both of these dissolve some type of rayons. Wash or sponge with your usual laundry product after treatment. Remove any remaining color with a bleach, using a chlorinated laundry bleach for white cottons and linens. A diaper wash/sanitizer containing sodium percarbonate for colors, and hydrogen peroxide for wool and silks.
Treat as a grease stain – see under Butter
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