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DIY stain removal from MAKE 05 by Arwen -

The internet has made stain removal hugely easier, so now every time I run into something new, I go online and see which tips make the most sense to me, or check out online forums to see if anyone has a new twist. Removing stains doesn’t have to be hard; usually it’s just a question of knowing the right chemistry.

Of course, this may all become an obsolete problem as more and more stain-proof fabrics come on the market. (Mommy, what are stains?) So far, there are still issues with breathability and flexibility, but nano-fibers and other high-tech solutions may solve that problem. While in the past, stain- and water-proof fabrics were made with a coating, now the fibers themselves are coated, so that the material can breathe, but the fibers are protected. While once the domain of sportswear, such high-tech fabrics are starting to appear in more fashionable clothing as well. I had to stick my arm under the faucet before I’d believe that a spring coat I bought was truly water resistant.

Still, there’s something wonderful about wearing white linen in on a hot day, or a wool sweater in winter, so as the rest of the world goes high-tech, stains will probably be around for quite a while.

makezine.com: Out Damned Spot! – Link.

Post up your stain removal tips up in the comments, specifically Sharpie markers! I heard Windex and hairspray as well as rubbing alcohol works, or this stuff.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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