You're running late, hurriedly sipping your last gulp of coffee, and then the unthinkable happens - you spill coffee on your white shirt/sweater/top/dress, or whatever you're wearing.
Not only are you further delayed because you need to change into dry (and clean) clothing, but worse, you now face an almost certain struggle to remove the stain, with no guarantee of success.
Of course, you could opt to spend money on a dedicated stain remover, but as you swipe your card, you cringe at the thought of spending so much on a product you'll rarely use, especially when finances are tight.
Found in the Kitchen
That's why many Brits perked up their ears while watching This Morning on the British TV channel, ITV.
One of the hosts, Anthea Turner, shared some of her tips and tricks for handling everyday tasks, and one in particular caught the internet's attention.
Stains, whether from coffee, tea, makeup, pen ink, grass, or whatever else has marred your favorite shirt or trousers, are a devilish creation. But Turner revealed a brilliant, and incredibly cheap, trick to make your clothes as white as the day you bought them.
And the secret can actually be found in the kitchen.
Bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is nearly a miracle weapon in the fight against stubborn stains, Turner explains.
How to Do It
On the show, she made a mixture of baking soda and water, which had a consistency resembling a kind of glue. You then take a bit of this mixture and spread it over the stain, letting it sit for "a while."
Afterward, throw the stained clothes in the washing machine, and most stains can be handled with a regular 40-degree wash. However, Turner warned that 60 degrees might be necessary in some cases.
Regardless, Turner guarantees that the stain will disappear with this little trick!
She also mentions that you can use the mixture on non-white clothes, and it won't fade the bright and sharp colors in the fabric.