Go Natural: A Guide to Removing Natural Stains
In this health conscious world, it's important to make sure that we are getting enough fruit and vegetables. These natural foods are supercharged with healthy vitamins, minerals and great flavour. This also means they're supercharged with the particles that can cause stains, meaning disaster for when you spill a bowl of your favourite fresh food!
What we really mean by 'natural stains' are stains that are caused by fresh foods. All foods are natural by definition, as they are carbon-based and made up of cells that have to be broken down, making them very stubborn.
These types of material react with fabrics quite differently to other substances like makeup or engine oil, clinging and coating them differently, and consisting of a different set of chemical components that have to be broken down to remove the stain.
When we say 'natural foods', we refer to the foods that are grown- rather than those with preservatives and flavourings. These raw ingredients are what cause the most vibrant and stubborn stains however, which makes these healthy alternatives a real threat to clothing.
If you notice that your clothing has been affected by a stain, you'll need to give it a rinse as soon as possible. If you have caught the stain when it is very fresh then you might be able to flush it out with cool water, stopping the stain from setting in. If the stain has dried in however, or if there is still a mark after rinsing with water, then start by dabbing the stain with a damp paper towel, tea towel or cloth. As with all stains, you're trying to pull it out of the clothing, and not to rub or push it through - as this will make it much harder to remove.
If you've followed these steps and a stain remains, then pre-treat with a solution of Vanish Gold Oxi Action and water. You do this by forming a paste of vanish and water, massaging it into the affected area and leaving it to work on the stain. After about ten minutes, submerge the garment in a solution of cool water and a scoop of Vanish Gold Oxi Action for up to an hour, slightly longer for white garments. Vanish breaks down the enzymes and starches that make up the stain's cells, rapidly lifting the stain up and out of the garment. Remove the garment and launder with a scoop of Vanish. This three tiered approach ensures that the stain is completely gone.