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Time really does…

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Who knew that bygones can really be bygones. Well, I am hoping and continue praying that this will be a start of another new relationship. Before it was tainted with people that surrounded us and some privacy was crossed. Our judgment was cloudy. This time I am keeping a positive thoughts that it will last for a long time.

Thank you for giving me another opportunity to be part of you life  again.

Definitely time does heal wounds…

Can forgive and learning to forget….

Can do a whole lot of things from here on…

Posted in Clean Up Time, Summertime

Summer’s Toughest Stains

Antiperspirant // "Get Out Summer's Toughest Stains" // Photo: Tina Rupp

Perspiration

Fast fix: If you’re sweating bullets, dry your armpits with paper towels. It’s not glamorous, but it will prevent overwetting and damage to the fabric.

Home remedy: Treat perspiration marks with a prewash stain remover, then launder the clothes in the hottest water recommended for the fabric, using an enzyme detergent and an oxygen bleach.

Grass // "Get Out Summer's Toughest Stains" // Photo: Tina Rupp

Grass

Fast fix: Not required.

Home remedy: Apply a pretreatment product, such as Spray ‘n Wash or OxiClean. Let the mixture soak in, then scrub lightly with an old toothbrush. Launder using a detergent with enzymes, such as Wisk or Tide. (Enzymes help break up protein stains, like grass, making them easier to remove.) If the stain persists, wash again with an oxygen bleach for colors or a chlorine bleach for white.

Ice cream // "Get Out Summer's Toughest Stains" // Photo: Tina Rupp

Ice Cream

Fast fix: Apply cool water at once.

Home remedy: Start by using a pretreatment product, then soak the clothing in an enzyme detergent. “For old stains, soak at least 30 minutes,” says Nancy Bock, vice president of education for the Soap and Detergent Association, a trade group. Machine wash.

Sunscreen // "Get Out Summer's Toughest Stains" // Photo: Tina Rupp

Sunscreen Stains

Fast fix: Not required.

Home remedy: Take your pick―either spot-treat with a mixture of dishwashing liquid and glycerin (available at drugstores) or pretreat with a stain remover, a liquid laundry detergent, or a laundry-detergent booster, such as OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover (oxiclean.com) or 20 Mule Team Borax (Target). Machine wash, using the hottest water recommended for the fabric.

Bike with chain // "Get Out Summer's Toughest Stains" // Photo: Tina Rupp

Machinery Grease

Fast fix: Not required. In fact, treating with plain water will help set the stain.

Home remedy: Bock recommends placing a heavily soiled garment facedown on clean paper towels and applying cleaning fluid to the back. Carbona Stain Devils No. 5 (carbona.com) is a good choice. Let clothing air-dry, then rinse. Machine wash, using the hottest water recommended for the fabric.

Rusty watering can // "Get Out Summer's Toughest Stains" // Photo: Tina Rupp

Rust

Fast fix: Not required.

Home remedy: “Rust is a hard stain to get out, because it has tiny particles that get stuck in the fiber,” says Martin Wolf, the director of product and environmental technology for Seventh Generation, a manufacturer of eco-friendly cleaning agents. For best results, treat with a commercial rust remover that’s safe for fabrics, such as Rx for Spotting Rust Remover (chemspecworld.com for store locations). Then launder as usual. If you don’t have a special rust-removal product, Wolf recommends pretreating the stain with a product containing surfactants (lubricating agents found in most detergents), then laundering. No matter what: Don’t add chlorine bleach to the mix. It reacts with the rust, intensifying the discoloration.

Ketchup bottle // "Get Out Summer's Toughest Stains" // Photo: Tina Rupp

Ketchup

Fast fix: For the first line of defense, dab the stain with water immediately. If you have access to some detergent, even better. Spot-treat.

Home remedy: Pretreat the stain with liquid laundry detergent or a prewash stain remover, like Tide to Go. On light-colored fabrics, consider spraying on some hydrogen peroxide, which acts as a mild bleach. Then machine wash, using a detergent and a bleach that are safe for the fabric.

Hand with bandage // "Get Out Summer's Toughest Stains" // Photo: Tina Rupp

Blood

Fast fix: If the stain is wet, soak the fabric in cold water, then rub with a bar of soap.

Home remedy: If the stain is still wet, soak in water and apply a small amount of ammonia with a Q-tip. If it’s a light-colored material, “you can follow up by dabbing with hydrogen peroxide, which creates a powerful bleach,” says Steve Boorstein, the author and founder of ClothingDoctor.com. Machine wash. With dried bloodstains, apply an enzyme prewash product or soak the clothing in warm water with an enzyme detergent before laundering. If the stain persists, wash with a detergent and a bleach that are safe for the fabric.

Popsicle // "Get Out Summer's Toughest Stains" // Photo: Tina Rupp

Popsicle

Fast fix: Rinse with cold water.

Home remedy: Soak in cold water. “You can follow with some ammonia on a Q-tip,” advises Steve Boorstein, the author and founder of ClothingDoctor.com, “especially if it’s a reddish stain on a light-colored fabric.” Launder with detergent and an oxygen bleach. “Color-safe bleach is excellent for removing the last traces of these water-based stains,” says Boorstein.

Calamine lotion // "Get Out Summer's Toughest Stains" // Photo: Tina Rupp

Calamine Lotion

Fast fix: Head home . It’s best to start treatment as soon as possible (see below).

Home remedy: This concoction may ease an itch, but if spilled, its shocking pink particles can really cling to clothes. Your best bet? Lubricate and lift out the particles by immediately applying glycerin and dishwashing liquid, then launder as usual.