TV STYLIST Lauren Bush will share her best tips for stain removal at Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga.
Ms Bush will host workshops on Saturday, June 1, at 10.30am and 11.30am at the Sustainable Activity Centre.
After a decade working on My Kitchen Rules, Albury-based Ms Bush knows a thing or two about stain removal.
"My job was to remove stains quickly and keep clothing clean for each shoot, which could get pretty challenging with all the food spills," she said.
Ms Bush also worked on All Saints, including scenes where she had to both make and remove blood.
"But when it came to removing a real blood stain, the trick was to use the saliva of the person the blood came from," Ms Bush said.
"If you didn't know who it was, everyone would need to take turns spitting on the stain!"
Ms Bush's stain removal arsenal includes Sard soap, a scrubbing brush, masking tape, cornflour, bicarbonate of soda, dishwashing liquid and vodka.
"Vodka's my odour-removing friend," she said.
"You put it in a misting spray bottle and lightly spray on clothing.
"As the alcohol evaporates it kills any germs or smells without a trip to the dry cleaners; just don't use flavoured vodka because it will leave a strong smell."
Ms Bush said she used masking or gaffer tape to remove makeup stains, particularly on fabrics such as silk that did not spot clean well.
"Most stains sit on the surface of the fabric so using a wet cloth to rub the stain can work the stain deeper into the fabric, making it bigger and harder to remove," Ms Bush said.
"Instead, wrap some masking tape around your fingers and gently dab the stains until the makeup is gone.
"You should see the stain start to lift on to the tape, but as the tape loses its stick you need to rotate it."
To book for the free Creative Solutions for Stain Removals demonstrations, visit eventbrite.com.au.
Repair Cafe runs 10am to 1pm on the first Saturday of each month to help people repair broken household items such as bikes, battery-operated appliances, furniture, clothing and blunt garden tools.
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