People use henna for a number of reasons. Some people use it as a hair dye because of its natural properties of leaving a dark shade of brown and also because they believe that it doesn’t have chemicals in it. Other people use it to make tattoos on their bodies. In India and sub-continent the use of henna is quite common especially on weddings and near festivals.
People only want to purchase henna that leaves a dark color, and to make the color dark the makers use a number of chemicals in it. The most problematic effect of henna is when it gets on the clothes and leave nasty looking stains. Some people leave their tattoos on overnight which is the main cause of henna stains on clothes or bed sheets. Henna stains are extremely hard to clean once they have set it. The stain removal must be immediate or else the stains might never come out.
Method 1 (Using Baking soda and Vinegar)
This method is extremely simple but gives amazing results. It is important that the stain is treated with this method immediately after it has appeared on clothes. The items are readily available making it easier for the user to remove the stains.
Things you need:
- Baking soda
- Empty bowl
Step by step instructions:
- Take the empty bowl and mix half tsp. of baking soda and a few drops of water so that both make a thick paste.
- Apply to the henna stains on the clothes and leave till the paste dries up and see if the stain removal was successful and if not follow the next step.
- Mix baking soda with vinegar and apply to the stain.
- Let the mixture stay on till it is dry. Then scrape off the mixture and rinse with water. This will sure get the henna stains out from clothes.
Method 2 (Using Milk Solution)
This method is quite simple as well and requires very little time. It should be understood that this method must be used as a pre-wash treatment so that after the use of this method any leftover signs of the stains can be removed with the final wash in the laundry.
Things that you will require:
- Cleaning towels
- Laundry detergent
- Hot milk
- Tooth brush
Steps that you will need to take:
- Use the cleaning towel to dap the surface of the henna stain so that it can absorb the moisture of the stain. Make sure that you dab and not rub because rubbing will cause the stain to spread.
- Rinse with cold water and check if the stains have been removed.
- If the stains have lightened but are still there, take an empty bowl and pour the hot milk in it. It should be noted that the milk isn’t too hot. It should be hot enough that you can easily put your finger in it.
- Soak the stained are in the hot milk and leave for thirty minutes.
- After soaking the henna stains in milk, pour some detergent on the stain and scrub with the tooth brush. This will completely remove the stains from the clothes.
- Always use cold water when washing out henna stains because use of warm water only deepens the stains rather than washing them out.