Food stains on white sarees are inevitable. How do we get rid of them?
- Wet the stain areas with water and apply a thick coat of white toothpaste over the stains on both sides of the fabric.
- Hang the saree to dry completely and then wash off the toothpaste.
- Repeat the process until the stain vanishes.
- Most oil, turmeric and other food stains can be completely removed from white clothes in this manner, without causing any discoloration to the fabric.
- Use a toothpaste containing bleach for better effect.
- Make a dilute solution of distilled white vinegar and lukewarm water in a clean bucket (Use 1 tablespoon of vinegar for every litre of water). Soak the saree thoroughly in the vinegar solution for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove the saree from the solution and rinse it thoroughly in cold, running water. Make sure that all of the vinegar and its smell are washed off. Squeeze the saree gently without twisting or wringing.
- Now dry the saree by wrapping it in a large, fluffy towel. You may need to fold the saree to fit it along the length of the towel. Gently roll and press the towel to remove excess water from the saree.
- Remove the saree from the towel and hang it to dry completely. Do not hang it in direct sunlight, as it may cause some discoloration. Silk sarees dry very quickly, and once dry, the lost shine of the saree may be restored.
- If the saree needs ironing, then don’t wait for it to dry fully. When still damp, iron it on the inside or using the ‘silk’ setting on the iron. It is always advisable to spot test a small, hidden area of the saree before ironing it completely.
Caution: Never use a machine dryer to dry a silk saree. The dry, intense heat from the dryer can ruin the silk irreversibly.
- Steam iron the saree. Remember to use the correct setting in your iron based on the saree fabric.
- Soak the saree in cold water for 30 minutes. Then rinse, dry and steam iron the saree to remove all traces of starch.
- For heavily starched sarees, add half a cup of distilled white vinegar to a bucket of cold water and soak the saree in it for 30 minutes. Then rinse, dry and steam iron the saree. It is now soft and starch-free!
- Quick action is the best way to remove the stain. Place the stain area of the saree on a white tissue paper, with the stain side down.
- Dab the stain with a mild soap, using a clean white cloth. Let the soap sit on the stain for 10 minutes.
- Press the stain area with a clean white cloth. The lipstick and soap will seep into the paper towel underneath. Now replace the paper towel quickly. If not, the lipstick will spread on it, and may stain the saree back. Repeat this as long as the lipstick seeps into the paper towel.
- Rinse and wash the saree as you would normally do, in cold water.
- If some stain remains, repeat steps 2-4.
- Dry the saree only after the stain is fully gone.
HOPE THIS HELPS KEEP YOUR SAREES BEAUTIFUL AND GORGEOUS AS YOU FOREVER!