Stop those stains!


Those fresh, crisp new school clothes don’t last forever, and most parents will be lucky to reach half term without a few significant stains to deal with! The four most searched and notorious school stains are grass, biro, tomato and mud. Luxury childrenswear brand La Coqueta Kids and cleaning expert, Nicki Rodriguez have come up with some handy hints.

Grass stains

White vinegar works well, especially if the stain is still fresh. Mix 50/50 white vinegar and water and then soak the clothing in the mixture for around half an hour, or even better overnight. If it is a stubborn stain, mix some white vinegar and baking powder together and rub over the stain before rewashing.

Biro stains

This type of stain needs to be tackled as soon as your little one comes out of school. Alcohol is the best option: simply dab the stain and you will see it start to lift quickly.

Tomato stains

Hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar applied with a damp sponge is a great way to lift tomato stains. You can also use lemon juice as ­ a cheaper alternative.

Mud stains

First, you want to allow the mud stain to dry fully. Once the stain has dried up, saturate it with your preferred liquid detergent and gently scrub away the mud.

  • For each stain, after treatment, Nicki recommends popping the clothes in the washing machine and adding a few scoops of the Pink Stuff Oxi Powder for Whites along with your preferred laundry products.