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Remove stains on your white wedding dress quickly! 5 useful tricks

A white wedding dress is lovely for your big day but isn't particularly stain-friendly. Whether you're wearing your outfits on more than one occasion or a wedding day emergency, here are some hacks to fixing a stained bridal gown or your groom's white shirt.  
 

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#1 Grease 

You're savouring that few morsels of food in between taking photographs, only to discover there's an oily spot on your bodice. Your first instinct is to use water to remove the stain. Don’t do it —  water will help the stain set in. Instead, reach for the soap dish. Bar or hand soap works if you let the suds sit on the stain for 5 minutes. Put a white towel or absorbent cloth underneath, and using a Q tip or rag, tap on the offending spot so it pushes the stain through your gown fabric. Rinse with distilled water. 

 

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#2 Makeup

It’s all right if you spilled some of your liquid foundation or BB cream onto your white wedding dress — life happens! But most make-up products, like liquid foundation and lipsticks, are oil-based, which means that you should avoid using water to remove the stain. Products like hairspray, shampoo and shaving cream can also be used.

If it’s foundation that you’ve got spilled, first dab any excess product off with a clean cloth or tissue.  Instead, you can try lightly dabbing it with makeup remover. After that, work a generous amount of shampoo or shaving cream onto the spot. Rinse off under cool running water after 10-15 minutes.

For stains from lipsticks and mascaras, follow the instructions above, but use hairspray instead.

 

#3 Sweat

If your groom's wearing a white shirt, you might get those unsightly yellow stains that develop when the aluminium in your deodorant reacts with your sweat. First off, swap your deodorant products for those that contain natural ingredients, or those that are aluminium-free. To combat the stain, a mix of salt and lemon could do the trick. Sprinkle some salt onto the stain, then apply some lemon juice to the same area and gently rub in a circular motion. Do this for about 5 minutes before rinsing the garment in cold water.

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#4 Wine

What's a wedding without wine, amiright? If you like your Cabernet and Merlot, be wary of getting them on your gown. If that happens, use a paper towel or napkin to soak up any excess spillage. Then, use white wine (yep, you read that right) to neutralise the red stain. Pour a capful of white wine onto the area. Gently rub the spot for a few minutes till you see a reduction in the stain. 

Another alternative is to press a teaspoon or tablespoon of salt (how much depends on the size of the stain) onto the wine-drenched area. Leave it for 5 minutes before rinsing. Repeat if required.

See also: 6 SNEAKY WAYS TO SAVE ON YOUR WEDDING ALCOHOL EXPENSES

 

#5 Dirt and grass stains
If yours is an outdoor garden wedding (See: 9 Singapore hotel gardens for beautiful outdoor weddings), there's a high chance you’ll get dirt on your gown, especially at the hem. The dirt tends to grind in and settle into the threads of your clothing. Reach for a bottle of shampoo or vinegar. Apply either onto the affected area and leave it for 10 minutes. Throw your stained garment into the wash straight after. but if it's grass stains you're facing, we'd recommend leaving it alone (it's at the bottom of your garment and likely unnoticeable, anyway) and handing the job to a professional cleaner.

See also: HOW YOU SHOULD STORE YOUR WEDDING DRESS BEFORE & AFTER THE WEDDING