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How to get rid of tomato stains: effective life hack

Alina MilsentLife
How to remove tomato stains from clothes

It can be very difficult to remove stains from clothes, especially if the dirt has penetrated deep into the fibers. Tomatoes and tomato juice leave bright red stains that seem impossible to remove even with intensive cleaning.

The main thing in this case is efficiency. Store-bought products can help if you apply them to the stains in time, but there is an effective homemade ingredient that will clean the fibers efficiently. The details were revealed by House Digest.

An effective life hack

Mix warm water with distilled white vinegar of 5% acidity in a small container (you can use a bowl). Add a few drops of dishwashing gel and mix the solution.

Place the stained cloth on a clean, dry surface. Remove any tomato residue from the cloth before using the vinegar solution. Apply the mixture by gently wiping it with a soft brush or damp cloth. It is important to clean gently, especially on delicate fabrics. Leave the solution on for at least 15 minutes and then wash the item in cold water.

What is the secret of effectiveness

White distilled vinegar is one of the cheapest and most effective laundry life hacks. In particular, vinegar is effective for removing tomato stains due to its acidic nature. Acetic acid acts as a solvent, breaking down the components of the tomato stain. This acid helps to break the chemical bonds, weakening the adhesion to the fibers.

In addition, vinegar perfectly neutralizes alkaline substances. Combined, these properties make vinegar a powerful tool for dissolving and removing acidic components.

The chemicals in dish soap break down the fats in tomato stains. The dishwashing detergent essentially removes the tomato stain from the surface, making it easier to rinse off. Thus, vinegar and soap combine to create a powerful stain-fighting mixture that targets both the alkaline and oil components of tomato stains.

If vinegar doesn't work

Unfortunately, some stains are incredibly stubborn, and even a powerful combination of vinegar and dishwashing detergent can't clean out the stubborn stains. In this case, you can try making a paste from baking soda.

The proportions are as follows: 1 tablespoon of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix the ingredients until a paste is formed.

Apply the mixture to the affected area of the tissue and use a toothbrush to rub in. Leave the paste on for at least 30 minutes and rinse in cold water.

Then apply a few drops of soap on the surface of the stain and rub it in gently with your fingers. Baking soda, which is alkaline in nature, effectively removes acids from the fabric.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA shared how to quickly and effectively remove red wine stains.

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