Laundry Cleaning Tips
If a tipsy guest trips wine on your cotton or linen table cloth, blot up as much as possible and immediately cover the wine with a pile of salt, this will help pull the remaining wine away from the fibre. After dinner, soak the table cloth in cold water for 30 minutes before laundering.
Although we are very careful in the quality of detergent we use in our laundry, we never have too many suds. but if someone overfills… you can eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.
Wash coloured curtains or washable fibre rugs in salt water solution to brighten the colours. Brighten faded rugs and carpets by rubbing them briskly with a cloth that has been dipped in a strong saltwater solution and wrung out.
Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains fade away.
Soak the stained cloth in cold salt water, then launder in warm soapy water and boil after the wash (use only on cotton, linen or other natural fibres that can take high heat).
Sprinkle a little salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over it to remove rough, sticky spots.
Salt is used commonly in the textile industry but works at home too. If a dye isn’t colourfast, soak the garment for an hour in a ½ gallon of water to which you’ve added ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup salt. Rinse, if the rinse water is still coloured, repeat. Use only on single coloured fabrics. If the item is multi-coloured, dry clean it to avoid running all of the colours together.