Rarely does one find someone who has a smooth and happy time during ‘that time of the month’. For most women, it spells cramps, sleepless nights, mood swings, and fear of stains, which is as scary (or perhaps even more) than a wardrobe malfunction! There are many home remedies to deal with cramps and uneasiness, but seldom does one talk about getting rid of those horrible stains. Most often we discard that precious underwear to save ourselves some major embarrassment. We never talk about these stains and the havoc it creates on our clothes and bed linen, especially when periods catch us sleeping.
But here are some quick and simple ways for you to try in order to get rid of those stubborn stains and keep your focus glued on yourself, rather than on a stained underwear or bedsheet. Read on to make your life a whole lot easier!
1. Spray Some Prewash Stain Remover
Yes, you heard it right! Laundry veterans worldwide recommend dabbing a prewash stain remover of your choice, on the stained portion of your underwear or bedsheet. Let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes and then wash as usual. Stain removers lift those stains up, which is why they banish bloodstains easily in a single wash.
2. Rinse It With A Carbonated Beverage
Your carbonated beverage is not just high in sugar but also high in stain removing properties! Besides removing stains from dirty toilets, these beverages are also capable of getting rid of those ugly menstrual stains. For clean and pretty underwear, soak the stained garment in cola overnight. Alternatively, add some cola to your washing machine for hassle-free washing.
3. Use Vinegar
Vinegar is a well-known cleaning agent for its strong acidic properties, but it’s a lesser known fact that vinegar can be tough on menstrual stains too. Experts recommend pouring vinegar on the stain when it is still fresh and washing after 5-10 minutes for best results.
4. Seek Help From Your Baking Closet: Use Baking Soda
Yes, you heard it right! Baking soda has many benefits outside the kitchen too. All you need is to mix some baking soda with water and make a paste. Apply this paste on to the stained garment or bed linen and let this wonder powder weave its magic. Once the baking soda paste dries up, rinse it off in cold water and you will see no signs of stains anymore. This method works best on fresh stains so you must act fast.
Did you know that cold salt water is perfect for combatting stains? One must soak the stained fabric immediately in a bucket full of cold salt water. Washing this after a couple of hours with any liquid detergent will help you eliminate the stain faster.
6. Bring The Chemistry Lab Home: Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is well known for its bleaching properties, but did you know that it could help you ward off stains too? According to experts, using a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution should be good enough for menstrual stains. All one needs to do is to apply hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain, rinse it with tap water, and wash it as usual. For best results use it on a fresh stain.
Remember, it is a bleaching agent so use it only for whites or light coloured fabrics.
7. Aspirin Can Remove This Headache Too
What do you do if you had a bad headache? Grab an aspirin and soon you will be able to relax and be normal again. What if your periods came unannounced and you ended up staining your clothes and bedsheet? Sounds worse than a headache, doesn’t it? Well, aspirin helps to cure this kind of a headache too and here’s how!
Crush a pill or two of this tablet and make a smooth paste using water. Apply this paste to the stained parts and let that rest for a few hours. You will be happy to see how quickly the stains vanish when you rinse it.