There's a lot of misinformation out there about the best way to care for our clothes especially keeping them clean. When it comes to the delicate art of stain removal, it seems everyone's got a tried and tested "tip".
So we've decided to track down an expert, the famous Australian cleaning guru Shannon Lush, to give us the best advice.
"It really is just a matter of chemistry," explains the wonder woman who's written seven books on the subject. "There is no 'one-size fits all' solution; and if anyone does try to tell you that something cleans everything... it can't."
Here's Shannon's guide to what does work.
Red wine: Hold the stain area over an open-mouthed jug and pour white vinegar through it again and again until it's gone. If it's an older stain, wipe it with vinegar and then sprinkle it with bicarbonate of soda (it will turn grey). Rinse vinegar through it again straight away.
Grass: Just wipe it with some white spirit (hardware stores stock it).
Ink: All pens are not the same. If it's a fountain pen stain, the best thing for it is rotten milk. Place 300ml of milk in an open-mouth container and leave it out in the sunshine until it goes all lumpy and disgusting. It's those lumps you want to place onto the stains. It will break them down and then you can wash them away.
Cherry: Wipe with white glycerine and white vinegar and hang it in the sun. The UV rays actually react with the vinegar and bleach it out for you.
Blood: The biggest problem is when people throw the kitchen sink at it! All you need is cold water and common bathroom soap. Then it comes straight out when it's rubbed. If the blood has set, wipe it with glycerine and leave it for 30 minutes first, then do as above.
A common faux pas is using way too much detergent. "Soap is actually designed to break down the surface tension of the water," Shannon says, "so the water can get in and do the washing. But too much soap means it impregnates the fibres instead and just doesn't work."
Shannon's recipe for the best everyday laundry washing is this:
For top loaders: One-quarter of the quantity of laundry detergent that's "recommended" on the product; plus two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda; and the same of white vinegar in the "fabric conditioner" slot.
For front loaders: One-eighth the amount of recommended and then the same instructions as above.