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I’m a laundry pro – how to banish every type of stain & why you need to avoid one appliance for oil spills at all costs

AS laundry day rolls around, chucking your pieces in the washer may seem like an intuitive task, but there are extra measures to take when it comes to tackling particular stains.

A laundry expert has revealed the best way to get stains out of different types of garments, so you can now save your beloved pieces instead of tossing them.

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A laundry expert has revealed how to tackle different stains
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Try washing whites with vinegar and a dash of boraxCredit: Getty

Karim Hachem, VP of eCommerce at swimwear manufacturer La Blanca, keyed us in on how to tackle different garment types when doing laundry, and what to do if you're handling clothes with oil spills.

WASHING WHITES

Hachem says you should try washing whites with vinegar and a dash of borax, rather than your usual laundry detergent.

"Wash in cold water, and this will keep them brighter, and just as clean!" he explained.

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When it comes to dark colors, make sure to wash them with limited laundry detergent in order to curb white streaks, and add coarse sea salt to keep colors from bleeding, according to the expert.

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He said: "Zip up zippers, undo any buttons, turn everything inside out, and wash in cold water only."

BLOOD STAINS

For blood stains, Hachem says you can use a simple household item: dish soap.

If the stain is old or dried, try soaking it in hydrogen peroxide first and scrubbing it with a toothbrush.

OIL STAINS

If you are dealing with an oil stain, Hachem cautioned to avoid the dryer at all costs.

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Using the dryer will cook the stain right into the clothing, making it permanent. Instead, opt for air-drying the item.

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It will only take products that you likely already have on hand.

The key ingredient is vinegar.

You'll want to mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of cool water with a 1/2 teaspoon of laundry detergent.

Lightly brush the solution into the fabric. A clean, soft-bristled brush will get the job done.

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Once you've coated the stain with the mixture, throw your shirt in the wash.

After removing it from the wash, you should see that the stain has disappeared. The garment can be air-dried after.

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