Stain removers for (almost) everything

Unfortunate as it is, spills are a part of life. But before giving up on your beloved items, try one of these natural stain removers.

Clothes

vinegar whiteFor general stains: try equal parts vinegar and water.

peroxidecastile

bakingsoda

For a stronger mix: 2 parts peroxide, 1 part liquid castile, 1 part baking soda.

bakingsodavinegar whitesaltOther options are: water with baking soda, white vinegar, or a salt water soak.

boraxFor grease stains: try soda water. Alternatively, mix borax and water, rub in and wipe off

cornstarchbakingsodaFor still wet oil stains: just rub it with chalk for quick absorption. Keeping chalk on hand (or any white, absorbing powder—baking soda or corn starch are popular solutions as well) is a great way to nip these stains in the bud. Just make sure you’ve got it at the ready at all times, because once that stain sets, no amount of chalk will save you.

castilevinegar whiteFor perspiration marks: try 1/2tsp liquid castile, a few drops of white vinegar, and half a cup of water. Press into stain, flush, and blot. Another option is to scrub with a mixture of lemon juice and water. For tough armpit stains, try rubbing a paste of baking soda and water on the stain, letting it sit for a few minutes, and then rinsing it off before throwing it in the wash.

vinegar whiteFor coffee: mix 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts water for a prewash soak.  You can also try baking soda.

saltFor red wine: add some white wine first, then cover liberally with salt and rinse before washing.

saltcastileFor blood: saliva is one of the best first defenses. Another option is hydrogen peroxide. Failing that, soak in cold water mixed with a handful of salt. Or, apply equal parts ammonia and water with a sponge. Another option is 2tbs salt, 1 tbs liquid castile, and water.

iceFor chewing gum: apply ice cube to back of garment, the gum should freeze and break off.
vinegar whiteFor grass: try vinegar

For ink, try scrubbing with milk.

 

 

Carpets

bakingsodacornstarchSprinkle baking soda or cornstarch onto the stain and let it absorb for 10 minutes.

castilevinegar whiteMix one tablespoon liquid castile and one tablespoon white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain (scrub if it’s already dried in) with the solution and blot until the main liquid is absorbed. Hoover when fairly dry

saltFor wine spills: blot up the excess wine, then immediately cover the area with a good layer of salt. Give it some time to absorb, then hoover up the salt. For especially light carpets you may want to re-dampen the area with water, and repeat the process.

General

saltlemonSprinkle hard surfaces with salt and lemon juice, leave for a while (a few hours for really bad stains) and wipe clean.

bakingsodaAs a paste, baking soda and a little water removes stubborn stains from coffee cups, doors, appliances etc.

toothpastebakingsodaalcoholFor permanent marker: On walls use toothpaste, on carpet try white vinegar. on wood try rubbing alcohol.

sugarFor nail polish on hard surfaces: simply pour sugar on itsugar makes nail polish clump up and you can sweep it right off the floor, No scrubbing needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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