With the arrival of summer and the easing of lockdown rules, the beginning of BBQ season may mean that some of us find our clothes stained with hard-to-remove substances like wine, oil and even chocolate.
But luckily, today on This Morning, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford introduced viewers to a cleaning expert who had a few very surprising and helpful tips.
Lynsey Crombie, the self-styled ‘Queen of Clean,’ showed off a variety of easy-to-find household products that you can use to combat every kind of stain imaginable.
She also recommends lemon juice to battle with any sticky chocolate stains and to help kids during the hot weather, sticking a marshmallow underneath a lollipop to soak up all the running juices.
But her nuggets of information didn’t end there – she even revealed that you should never treat stained clothes in warm water.
‘I bet you take your shirt off and put it straight in the washing machine on a hot wash, so that is probably one of the biggest mistakes you could make,’ she told Eamonn.
‘As soon as you’ve got a stain, we do that thing of oh we have to get it in a hot wash, get it in a hot soak.’
Lynsey continued: ‘There are stains you should not treat with hot water: Food stains, wine stains, chocolate stains, milk-based stains should all be treated with cold water.
‘Take it off, turn it inside out and just flush it under the tap or soak it in a bucket of ice water overnight, rather than a 90-degree hot wash that will set the stain in the fabric.’
For a handy, non-toxic alternative to cancel out wine stains, Lynsey recommends hydrogen peroxide.
Finally, you might want to raid your toolbox, as apparently lubricant and rust remover WD-40 can also be used to help scrub off any greasy stains you may have got from cooking or firing up the BBQ.
Just like James Martin’s surprising olive oil tip, we think this will all come in very handy.
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
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