Understanding grass stains, and how to remove them — October 10, 2017

Understanding grass stains, and how to remove them

grass stains

What makes a harmless blade of grass such a potent staining force? This article explains the science behind grass stain removal.

For most people, freshly mown grass is a sign of summer, of lazy evenings spent drinking iced drinks on the patio. It is linked closely with your childhood memories of fun and frolic, of tumbling in the grass and lying down on your back to look at the stars. Grass is comforting to walk on and the smell of it after a spell of rain is enchanting and soothing.

What is not so great is that grass can leave stubborn stains on your clothes. Whether you walk through a park during your lunch break or your children wrestle with their friends in the garden, grass always leaves its mark on clothing. You think it is harmless enough, so you put the clothes in the wash and hope for the best. Then you are surprised to discover that the stain has not even faded despite a hardy wash.

Why does grass stain your clothing?

To understand grass stains, it is important to understand the composition of grass. Its distinct green colour is the result of the presence of two compounds – chlorophyll and xanthophyll. Chlorophyll is a dye and nutrition processing compound, while xanthophyll is largely a dye. Together, these two (and many other micro compounds like carotenoids) give grass and leaves their distinct green colour.

However, grass is more fragile than other leaves and prone to snapping under pressure. When this happens, the compounds in it are leached onto the nearest available surface. This can happen even when grass blades are stuck on to the clothes. Besides, their molecular composition is quite similar to that of fibres like cotton and jute. So it is easy for the compounds to penetrate similar molecular structures in clothes, and bond rapidly. Within minutes, the grass stain sets on the clothes and becomes semi-permanent.

The stains can become even more stubborn when combined with mud.

How to remove grass stains from your clothes

  • Do not wash the clothes with your usual detergent. The chemicals in the detergent may react with the grass stains and set them deeper into the fabric.
  • Use a stain removing formula (in liquid, powder or gel form) to remove grass stains. The stain remover is designed to combat a variety of stubborn stains. Some amount of soaking in water may be required.
  • Exposing the stain to heat, whether in direct sunlight or in the dryer, can deepen it and make it difficult to remove.
  • Keep your stained clothing away from fabric whiteners, bleach and stain removing detergents. These products do not work for stain removal, and may harm the garment’s fabrics.
  • Dealing with the grass stain when it is fresh will remove it on first treatment with a stain remover.
Sweat, and getting it out of your clothes —

Sweat, and getting it out of your clothes

Sweat Stains

Sweat stain removal depends on how you approach it, and the colour of the clothing. When you have Vanish at hand, it becomes really easy.

You can run, but you can’t hide – from sweat stains. Sweat is your skin’s natural response to internal and external heat. It regulates body temperature and keeps your skin from overheating. It also aids in the removal of toxins and impurities from the skin. It is mainly composed of salt and water.

Though it is colourless and odourless when fresh, it develops an odour when it dries. Dried sweat can emanate odour from your skin and clothing for hours. The problem gets worse when you use the same clothing again, subjecting it to a fresh round of sweat.

Over time and with repeated washing, sweat stains appear as yellow patches on your clothes. The problem is not that you washed your clothes later than you should have – the problem is that you washed them with soap or liquid detergent that was not designed for stain removal! The chemicals in these soaps can react with the sweat and cause a yellow sweat stain to appear.

Get a stain remover like Vanish

Sweat stains are most prominent on white coloured clothing, and also light pastel shades. They appear dark and patchy on the armpit area, the collars, and also the lower back. These are areas where sweat tends to collect and dry. When washed with detergent, they develop a yellow hue that is instantly noticeable.

Instead of detergent or fabric whitener, you need a good stain removing system like Vanish powder or liquid. Also stay away from bleach, which is harsh on the fabric and which makes the sweat stain yellower than before. Here’s how you clean out sweat stains using Vanish:

Get Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White for white clothing. Soak the stained garment in plain water, adding a scoop of the Vanish powder in it. Soak for six hours, leaving the garment undisturbed. The toughest of sweat stains will lighten up and disappear during this time. Remove the garment from the soak, drain excess water and wash the clothing in the washing machine using a scoop of the Vanish powder. The stain will be completely gone in the wash.

Use Vanish Oxi Action for coloured garments. Once again, soak the coloured garment in cold water and a scoop of the Vanish powder. Coloured garments require one hour of soaking to remove the sweat stain. After soaking, drain the excess water from the garment and wash as usual in the washing machine.

Take care to inspect the clothing for complete stain removal after treating with Vanish. Repeat the above steps if the stain has not completely left the garment. If the stain is even minutely visible, do not expose the clothing to direct sunlight or dry it in the dryer. Let the garment air dry in the shade before you treat it with Vanish again.

The benefits of using dishwasher tablets- — October 6, 2017

The benefits of using dishwasher tablets-

Dishwasher tablets usually come in small size like small bricks which are concentrated dishwashing powder. These bricks like tablets can be placed in the dispenser or can be kept in the main area of dishwasher. Dishwashing tablets are a better option and an alternative to powdered detergent.

Here are some benefits of using dishwasher tablets and which will be the deciding point whether to go for the tablet or not-

  • Dishwasher tablets are far better than powders and gels. They enable us to use an accurate dosage of detergent and do not create mess all over the kitchen and even on other parts of the machine. This helps in saving on repairs in future.
  • Additives like detergent, rinse aids are all added in the tablet which drastically improves the cleaning process.
  • It is an excellent and tough product which completely removes food residue.
  • It gives sparkling and shiny results.
  • Tablets clean everything more effectively. It regulates how much soap is been used every time when you run your dishwasher.
  • It is more economical. Using tablets is not expensive compared with other detergents, thus helps in saving the money, and this could be one of the great benefits because you will use fewer products on each wash. One more plus point is, as it all-in-one product it will keep your dishwasher running smoothly and efficiently and will also add on to the life of dishwasher.
  • Dishwashing tablets are available in a wide range of fruity scents which will leave your dishes and dishwasher smelling fresh all the time.
  • It is very convenient as it comes as all in one product. You don’t have to spend your time scrubbing or soaking before you put the dishes in the dishwasher. It is reliable and ideal for busy households.
  • The main reasons people prefer dishwashing tablets are its effectiveness, efficiency and hygiene quality. It doesn’t create a lot of mess also.
  • If excess detergent is used it creates suds which can damage your dishwasher leading to costly repair needs. However, if you use dishwashing tablets you will not face these problems, because they are pre-measured and thus prevent your machine by getting damaged.
  • Using a dishwashing tablet ensures that the right amount is used with each wash.
  • It is very eco-friendly. Dishwasher tablets contain all other additives in a single serving, eventually you will end up using fewer products per wash. Dishwashing tablet helps in reducing the amount of soap which is entering in the water supply. In this way it is easing out the burden on water treatment plants to keep the extra soap out of the waterways. You can contribute to save energy and water also by adopting such small but effective steps.

Experts also recommend the use of dishwasher tablets for its benefits. Give it a try and see the difference.

How to use rinse aid for dishwasher —

How to use rinse aid for dishwasher

Rinse Aids are different from other detergents. They act as a very effective product. Knowing how to use, rinse aid for dishwasher is highly essential. Making the use of rinse aid for dishwasher will give you more benefits and thus your dishes will always be clean and dry. Rinse aid is an additive which is usually mixed in other detergents also.

Here are some steps, which will give you an idea of how to use a rinse aid for the dishwasher. One can easily follow these steps in order to use the rinse aid in proper a proper way.

  • First and most important thing is to regularly check the container to make sure that it is empty.
  • When it’s time to fill up, the rinse aid icon will flash and will indicate that you need to add the rinse aid. The rinse aid dispenser will have a dipstick attached to it to identify the level of the rinse agent.
  • Open the dishwasher door fully. You need to turn the knob either to open or to refill it.
  • Then pour the rinse aid into it, and keep pouring till it gets full. Do take care that you don’t overfill it, as it will create a lot of mess.
  • Make sure that the rinse aid settles properly to avoid air bubbles.
  • Avoid using too much rinse aid for dishwasher as it will cause foaming on your dishes.
  • If you are facing drying issues, adjust it to the highest setting. The factory setting is placed at 2 or 3, you can manage it accordingly. If you find calcium spots or rings on the dishes, you can switch for higher settings.

Rinse Aid Settings-

You can adjust the amount of rinse aid which is released in the final rinse cycle.

To adjust these settings, follow the next steps-

  • First remove the dispenser knob. Then turn the arrow of the adjuster inside the dispenser to the actual settings. You can do it with the help of the screwdriver.
  • Replace the dispenser knob.

There are rinse aids for dishwasher, which are available in solid form which is easier to use in the models which do not support the rinse agent dispenser. Today, most of the dishwashers have the rinse agent dispenser, so it important for you to know how it is used and what is the procedure.

You will need to rinse aid because other dishwasher detergents like powders or tablets can’t completely make your glassware look shiny. It even helps in removing the food debris which is left over. Rinse aid helps you to get rid of this and keep your dishes completely clean. Rinse aid is mainly designed to enhance the drying process and help you to protect your dishwasher from getting streaky and gritty.

Rinse aid really plays an important role in cleaning the utensils very effectively. Follow these easy steps to maintain your dishwasher in the best condition.

What not to do with ketchup stain removal — September 25, 2017

What not to do with ketchup stain removal

ketch up stain

Ketchup is notoriously difficult to remove from your clothes. But don’t despair – avoiding common mistakes can help you get rid of ketchup stains.

Everything tastes better with ketchup. Add a dollop to your vegetable salad, and it becomes tasty at once. Add it to your sandwiches and pizzas, and the flavour of the dish gets elevated to a large extent. It’s a delicious sauce made out of tomatoes and spices, and it is good for your health, too.

But it is not so good for the health of your clothes. Spilling ketchup is doom for your clothes, but only if you make the following mistakes in cleaning out the stain:

#1 Not acting quickly.

The first step in ketchup stain removal is to act promptly on spotting it. If you take your time dealing with it, the stain will set in, sometimes permanently. Ketchup is made up of tomatoes, which contain active enzymes and strong dyes. If allowed to dry on the fabric, the stain seeps in deep and wide. So the first thing to do is spring up and deal with the stain at once.

#2 Rubbing the ketchup into the fabric.

Another big mistake is to try to remove the ketchup by rubbing it out with a finger. Or trying to scrape it out using your fingernail. Doing this will only push the ketchup stain deeper into the fabric. It then becomes really difficult to remove. Instead of rubbing, scraping or picking at it, take a clean paper towel and blot the stain. Be gentle when you do this – do not push the ketchup into the fabric as you blot. If necessary, turn the fabric inside out and flush it with cold water.

#3 Using detergent instead of stain remover.

Are you about to wash the stained clothing with your usual ‘stain removing’ detergent? Big mistake. Detergents and liquid soaps are ill equipped to wash off ketchup stains, or most common food and oil stains. If anything, they wash off the excess ketchup only. Meanwhile, the chemicals and dyes in the soap or powder detergent may react adversely with the enzymes in the ketchup, causing the stain to turn orange in colour. Instead of detergent, reach out for stain removing powders or liquids. Treat the stain as instructed, then wash as usual.

#4 Subjecting the stain to heat when it is not completely out of the fabric.

When the stain is still fresh or even if there are residues of it after washing, it must never be subjected to heat or sunlight. This means that the stain should not be exposed to direct sunlight, nor should you put your washed clothing in the dryer. The heat only helps to set in the stain further and makes it more resilient to any attempts at stain removal.

Did these tips help you? We hope you refer to them the next time you spill ketchup on your clothes!

5 great ways to remove coffee stains —

5 great ways to remove coffee stains

how to remove coffee stains

Household products are great for removing coffee stains, whether old or new. We list five of the best ones.

Coffee is, without doubt, the elixir of life. It wakes you up in the morning. It keeps you alert all day. You love coffee so much that you even take coffee breaks with your best friends as you share news and gossip.

But if there’s one thing you dislike about this beverage, it’s that it leaves stubborn stains. But don’t fret, you can easily get the stains out using a few basic ingredients from your kitchen. Read on to know how to remove coffee stains using household products and cleaners:

1 Vinegar and water. Vinegar is trusted by homemakers the world over, not just to season their food but also to help in household cleaning tasks. It removes bacterial growths, stains and impurities when sprayed directly on surfaces. Vinegar can remove coffee stains out of your clothes, too. Take 3 parts vinegar to one-part water, and soak the garment in it for an hour. Remove, rinse in cold water and wash with your usual detergent.

2 Club soda. The active carbon dioxide molecules in soda give the liquid its distinct fizziness. This same property helps in dislodging coffee stains out of your favourite clothes. However, club soda works best on fresh coffee stains. If you spill coffee on your clothes, apply cold club soda to the stain directly. Pour it over the stain and let it settle into the fabric. Wash in cold water after 10 minutes, and repeat twice more till the stain is gone.

3 Hydrogen peroxide. This is a mild acidic chemical used to remove grit and dried dirt on various surfaces of the house. Apply raw hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain (use on a corner of the garment first to check colour fastness) and leave it aside for one hour. Wash with your usual detergent in cold water. If the stain has not gone completely, repeat the process a day later.

4 Baking soda. It helps make your cakes spongy and your cookies crisp. Baking soda is also a wonderful ingredient for stain removal. Wet the stain with water. Now make a thick paste out of baking soda and a little water, and apply the paste on the stain, taking care not to apply it outside the stain. The paste should be applied in a thick layer. Once it dries, the layer begins to crust and crack. Scrape it off using a blunt knife, to see that the stain has gone!

5 Stain remover. When you’re not sure about using household products for stain removal, just trust a good stain remover to do the job. Stain removers are available in powder and liquid form. Use either variant as directed, taking care to soak the garment in water (six hours for whites, one hour for colours) and then washing as usual with detergent.

7 tips that come handy for maintaining your dishwasher in a long run — August 22, 2017

7 tips that come handy for maintaining your dishwasher in a long run


Have you given a thought whether should you clean your dishwasher? However, you weren’t sure how to do that by yourself. Do you have any idea about what will happen if you don’t take proper care of your appliances? You are dependent on your dishwashing machine daily. So, it’s important for you to do its maintenance on regular basis and by doing that, you can rely on your dishwasher for a long term.

Here are some suggestions for maintaining your dishwasher-

  1. First and most important thing is go through the user manual– When you choose to clean the machine by yourself, you will need to refer the user manual. You will get an idea which steps you need to perform during the cleaning process.
  2. Make a habit of cleaning the dishwasher periodically- You can ensure that your machine is running well by cleaning it regularly with a proper dish washer cleaner. Every day some food debris are left over that may lead to clogging which will ultimately lead to dishwasher not washing the dishes properly. If it is removed on regular basis, it will cause fewer problems in future.
  3. Run full cycle with empty dishwasher– It is a good practice to run full cycle without any load once in a month. Even wash the soap dispenser. Later on, you can use the vinegar for cleaning your dishwasher. Pour a cup of white vinegar into the bottom of a dishwasher and run through a hot-water cycle. It will help to clean the bubbles, earlier residue, grease, and dingy odor and will keep your dishwasher smelling fresh.
  4. Clean up the drain– With the help of guidelines from the manual, remove the bottom dish rack. This will help you in removing the junk or food caught up in that area.
  5. Do not make excess use of the detergent– Some people think that more detergent will give better results and thus, end up putting additional detergent. Extra detergent doesn’t make your dishes look shiny. Instead, this excess of detergent sticks on your plates. Use only limited dish washer cleaner which is specially meant for dishwasher.
  6. Do not overload it– By overcrowding the utensils in your dishwasher; you will notice that you are not getting satisfactory results. You can put the extra utensils in the next lot instead
  7. Inspect and give a touch-up to the racks– Clean the edges with a brush or toothpick. Normally, it is difficult to clean door edges and so, they have food or dust particles collected on them. Find if any rack needs touch-up paint. Dishwasher rack paints are available in multiple colors. You can find out one that matches your rack and order it directly from online sites like Amazon, eBay etc.

Follow these simple steps while carrying out your maintenance of dishwasher. It will help you keep your dishwasher happy and healthy and will run for a long time.

Know why you should use Dishwasher Salt! —

Know why you should use Dishwasher Salt!

cloudy glass

Have you ever given a thought over why we need dishwasher salt? We use salt in food to add taste to it. Similarly, dishwasher salt is used in dishwasher to help it clean the cloudy glasses. Hard water leads to staining on your dinnerware. Dishwasher salt effectively softens water, and helps in removing these marks and helps you keeping your dishes clean. Thus, it is important for you to know that why you should use the dishwasher salt and how it helps you to maintain your dishwasher?

Let’s take a look over some of the facts-

  • Granularity – Dishwasher salt is particularly made of powdered, transparent sodium chloride with no iodine and is meant to use in dishwasher. Dishwasher salt granules are larger compared to table salt. Granule size makes sure that the salt gets mixed gradually, and that crushed salt doesn’t affect the performance of the softener unit. If used correctly, dishwasher salt will help in improving the unit’s ability to clean up the hard water stains. Thus it helps you in enjoying spot-free dishes.
  • How is it different from table salt? – Dishwasher salt and table salt are way different from each other in several things. One of them is the size. Table salt is smaller in size and finer which may result in clogged drains. Whereas dishwasher salt is large and thicker in size and does not cause a problem during the cleaning process.
  • Why is it so effective? – Major difference between dishwasher salt and table salt is its chemical usage. Dishwasher salt consists of 100% sodium chloride with no additives; on the other hand, table salt contains anti-caking compounds like magnesium. Because of these extra additives, it might interfere in the dishwasher’s cleaning process.
  • Regenerating the softener – Some dishwashers which are mainly manufactured in the U.K. contain water softener baskets which are filled with small resin balls. These balls absorb calcium and magnesium ions. They have a negative atomic charge and dishwasher salt has a positive atomic charge. These balls attract the sodium ions. Thus, it helps in resetting the balls to make them more effective for absorption of calcium and magnesium ions again. If you are living in a hard water area, it is important for you to use the dishwasher salt which helps you clear your cloudy glasses.
  • Pocket friendly – Usage of granular salt ensures reduction in the quantity of rinse-aid and detergent. In short, it helps you saving your money!

Hope this will help you know why it is important to use dishwasher salt. It will assist you in protecting your dishwasher from various water hardening additives which tend to create lot of problems.

Not as sweet as chocolate — August 11, 2017

Not as sweet as chocolate

how to remove chocolate stains

Chocolate is divine, but the stains it leaves behind are hellishly stubborn. Don’t let chocolate stains win, use Vanish to get rid of the stains.

There are only two completely intoxicating things in the world – love and chocolate. Both fill your tummy with contentment. But while love has no side-effects (apart from making you act a little crazy!), chocolate has the annoying habit of leaving stains on your clothes.

Most people don’t realise how potent chocolate stains can be. This is because they are not familiar with the chief ingredients used in making chocolate – fat, cocoa and sugar. These three combine to bind the chocolate together and give it a slight oily gooiness that is so beloved to everyone. While a really gooey chocolate can leave your tongue feeling thrilled to the core, it can also drip on your clothes and make permanent stains.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because you got all the brown chocolate off, the stain is gone as well. The oils in the chocolate seep into the clothing quickly, and leave behind a brownish stain. Just a wash with your usual detergent will hardly make an impression on the stain. It needs a special stain removing system perfected by Vanish.

How to remove chocolate stains using Vanish

  • Start by not panicking. If you have dropped chocolate on your clothes, just reach out for a clean teaspoon and scrape out all the excess chocolate. Take care not to rub the spoon against the fabric directly – this will just work the chocolate deeper into the clothing and make it difficult to remove.
  • If the stain is old and there is still some chocolate left over on the clothes, you might need to make it wet again before you attempt to remove it. Use a little liquid detergent on it and set it aside for about five minutes. The detergent breaks down some of the dried chocolate and you can remove it with a spoon or butter knife.
  • Turn the clothing inside out and hold the stain under clean running water.
  • Now fill half a bucket of water with Vanish Gold Oxi Action stain removal powder (one scoop to four litres of water). Soak coloured clothes for an hour and whites for at least six hours. The chocolate stain will be lifted out of the garment while soaking in the powder solution.
  • Complete the stain removal process by washing the clothing in the washing machine. Add a scoop of Vanish powder to the laundry before you wash. The clothing will come out good as new, minus the chocolate stain.
Enjoy your coffee, worry free —

Enjoy your coffee, worry free

Remove coffee stains

A wonderful cup of coffee should not become the source of many nightmares. Coffee stains are easy to clean if you take quick steps.

Is there anything more pleasurable than having a cup of freshly brewed coffee? Whether it is your first cup in the morning, or the post-lunch cup you enjoy with a work colleague, coffee has the potential to awaken you and keep you feeling fresh all day.

But if there’s one annoyance about coffee, it is that it leaves deep stains on your clothes. Try as you might, the stains acquire such an adhesive quality that nothing can shift them. Besides, the stains are deep in colour and easily visible. So every time you spill coffee on your clothes, it simply means that you must throw those garments away since you cannot use them anymore.

If you have been an unwitting victim of the Coffee Stain Monster in the past, it is time to wise up and get cracking on removing coffee stains. Don’t throw away your clothes, just get Vanish to help you in effective stain removal.

Remove coffee stains using Vanish – go stain-free forever!

  • If you have spilled coffee on your clothes, start by taking a clean paper towel and letting it sit on the stain. The paper towel absorbs the excess liquid before it is absorbed by the fibres.
  • Take another paper towel and gently blot the stain to remove the excess. Do not rub or dab side to side – this will only set the stain in further.
  • After blotting, turn the fabric inside out and flush the stain with clean running water. A fresh stain may run out of the fabric at this stage. But a stain beginning to dry up may not. Do not rub the stain with your fingers or a cloth, just let the water run on it.
  • Take some Vanish Multi Use Liquid and apply some of it directly on the stain. Set aside for five minutes. The liquid acts quickly to isolate the stain molecules, so that they are easier to remove from the fabric. After this, you can wash off the stain with cold water.
  • If the stain is already dried or is an older one, soak the garment in cold water and add Vanish Multi Use Liquid to it. Soak coloured garments for an hour, and whites for six hours.
  • After soaking, remove the garments from the soaking solution and wash them in the washing machine. Add a measure of the Vanish liquid to the load before washing.
  • Vanish Multi Use Liquid is tough on stains and mild on your clothes. Unlike harsh soaps and bleach, it does not harm the clothing fibres while it removes coffee stains.