Whenever you hear about the powerful cleaning hacks of fruit, it seems that all you hear about are the powers of lemons. Well, limes are equally as great when it comes to cleaning and also a good reagent for removing burn marks from clothes.
Can Lime Remove Burn Mark From Clothes?
Yes, you can use lime to remove burn marks from your clothes and you can also use lime in general cleaning practices as lemons.
Do you know that lime as well as lemon (because of the citric acid in it), can be used in place of vinegar for general household cleaning? Unlike the smell of vinegar, the citrus smell of lemon is refreshing and invigorating!
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How To Remove Burn Marks On Clothes Using Lime
Freshly squeezed lime juice is one of the home remedies for removing burn marks from clothes. The citric acid in lime is antibacterial and antiseptic that aid in cleaning, and it also acts as a natural bleach.
To remove burn marks from your clothes using lime;
Simply cover the burn marks with freshly squeezed lime juice and dry it in the sun to bleach out.
You can also soak the cloth in a bucket of hot water and for about 30 minutes, rinse and hang it to dry in the sun. Add white vinegar while rinsing the clothes for quick results.
Do not use this remedy on non-bleach-safe fabrics like silk and wool, because it can damage the cloth as a result of its natural bleaching effect.
What Causes Burn Mark On Clothes?
Burn marks on clothes can either be caused by the dryer or while ironing; leaving the iron in one place for too long or using the wrong temperature for fabric. Either way, lime can be used to get rid of the burn mark.
Why Your Dryer Leaves Burn Marks on Your Clothes
If your dryer is leaving burn marks your clothes are basically because it is overheating. Overheating in dryers can either be caused by overload or the venting, it can also be as a result of malfunctioning parts.
Things to Check Out If Your Dryer Leaves Burn Marks on Your Clothes;
In many dryers, the clothes drum is supported by rollers or wheels with a hard rubber outer rim over a plastic inner rim. In the middle of these rollers is a self-lubricating bearing, once this bearing fails, the rubber starts to wear away slowly. When this happens, a gap is created between the dryer and the drum. And your clothes can be pinched between the top of the clothes drum and the rear of the dryer interior. When a worn roller is causing burns on your clothes, you’ll often notice an unusual rumbling when the dryer runs.
All you need to do here is to replace the rollers.
Front and Rear Seal
If your dryer has a felt-like seal at the front or rear of the drum, your clothes can get caught and torn in the space between the clothes drum and the front or rear of the dryer interior, when the seal wears out.
To avoid this, simply replace the seal, once it wears out.
A clogged vent can cause your dryer to run too hot. Lint, debris, or damage can clog the vent of your dryer, making your clothes feel overly hot when you take them out.
To solve this: Use a vacuum to clear out lint and other debris from the vents and replace bent or broken lengths of pipe.
If you overload your dryer, the clothes will not be able to move properly. Overloading your dryer can cause wet patches on your clothes, cause your clothes to take time drying. It can also cause the dryer to overheat by blocking the heat vent. And it can also cause burn marks on your clothes because they can’t tumble freely and certain items may be in constant contact with the heated drum.
So, ensure you don’t overload your dryer.
The cycling thermostat regulates the temperature inside the dryer drum. Once the temperature reaches a predefined limit, the thermostat switches off the heating element allowing the air inside the dryer to cool. Although it’s uncommon for the cycling thermostat to malfunction, this may be the cause of burn marks on your clothes. If the cycling thermostat is faulty, you may have extremely high temperatures inside your dryer that can cause burns on your clothes.
Lack of Airflow
To dry clothes, your dryer circulates heated air over damp laundry and vents the moist air from a duct in the back of the machine. If the dryer cannot discharge the hot air, the system may overheat, scorching your clothes.
Can Lime Remove Burn Mark From Iron?
Lime juice works quite well at lifting burns from the iron too, especially when mixed with baking soda, just in case the burn mark on your cloth is from your iron. The citric acid from the lime and the gentle abrasive action of the baking soda will get rid of burn marks from your iron.
To use this remedy,
- First, unplug your iron
- Squeeze one lime and add enough baking soda to make a paste.
- Place the paste on the soiled areas of the iron and leave for about 5-10 minutes.
- Gently rub the lime and soda paste until the bottom of the iron is clean.
- Wipe the excess paste with a damp cloth and allow the iron to air dry.
How to Avoid Burn Marks on Your Clothes From Ironing
- Use a well-padded ironing board
- Iron inside out whenever possible.
- Iron delicate fabrics, inside out on a low-temperature setting.
- Use a press cloth such as a clean pillowcase. For some fabrics, e.g. wool, use steam or press with a slightly damp cloth, using light pressure.
Other Ways of Removing Burn Marks on Clothes
Some other ways of removing burn marks on your clothes includes;
- Soak an old cloth in white vinegar and rub the burn mark on your cloth with it and leave for about 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water and sundry.
- As an alternative, soak the burn mark with hydrogen peroxide.
- Soak a clean white cloth with peroxide, then place it over the cloth with the burn marks.
- Iron lightly.
- Repeat, keeping the cloth moist with peroxide, until the stain is gone
If the burn marks are not heavy and you want to wear the cloth immediately, all you have to do is to lightly rub white distilled vinegar on the cloth and wipe it with a clean cloth.
Remember to only use white vinegar not apple cider vinegar, or other types of vinegar to avoid more stains which can be difficult to remove themselves.
Also remember to spot test first.
Soak the cloth with burn marks in ice water. Keep the water cold as the item soaks either by adding ice or moving the container to a freezer.
For best results, let the item soak for at least an hour and then dry.
- Dip a piece of clean cloth in hydrogen peroxide, a mild bleaching agent, and apply it to the stain, work on a small section per time.
- Dip another piece of a clean cloth into household ammonia and apply it onto the stain as well. Let the treated area stand for five minutes.
- Then rinse and repeat
- Wash out the treated area with cold water. Repeat if necessary and move to another section of the scorch mark.
Note: Do not allow the hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution to dry on the fabric.
Rub liquid laundry detergent into the burn marks and launder the cloth.
Use can also use add oxygen bleach, if it’s safe for the fabric.
There you have it! Use the above-mentioned tips to easily remove burn stains from your fabric with lime. We trust you’ve found this guide helpful. Remember to drop your contributions and questions in the comments section below.