Manure stains? Use a little elbow grease

Manure doesn’t always land in a nice pile on the ground. Sometimes it ends up on jeans, jackets, shirts and hats.

The author of several books on stain removal says most manure stains can be removed from clothing with the correct cleaner and a little elbow grease.

Reena Nerbas of Blumenort, Man., who has written a series of Household Solutions stain removal books, said a few simple rules can help when dealing with manure stains.

Soak the garment in cold water and then wash it in warm water using a heavy-duty detergent.

If the stain is still there, Nerbas recommends applying 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap and 1/4 cup of warm water to the area.

Then pour 1/4 cup of three percent hydrogen peroxide and one tablespoon of household ammonia onto the stain. Place the clothing in a plastic bag overnight and wash it as usual.

“Sometime you can get the stain out just by soaking it with dish soap and water,” she said.

“Even if it doesn’t work on the first try, try it again.”

Nerbas said clothes should never be put in the dryer until the stain is gone. The heat of the dryer will set the stain and make it much more difficult to remove.

“If it’s a $5 t-shirt, you’re not going to spend a whole lot of time or money getting the stain out, but if it’s something that means a whole lot, you have a great chance of getting that stain out,” she said.

“Almost any stain can come out, but it may take a little bit of time, and just don’t put it in the dryer.”

Nerbas said her cleaning tips come from her degree in home economics and letters from the readers of a newspaper column she has written for 13 years. Many of her readers pass on tips used by their grandparents.

“It is what our grandparents used to use and it sometimes works better than what we use now,” she said.

“Often times we use what we see on the commercials. If we think about how our grandmothers didn’t have washing machines, in a lot of cases, they had to use products that were easily accessible and elbow grease and their clothes lasted a lot longer, in many cases.”

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