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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Removing Barbecue Stains

How To Remove Barbecue Stains

Warmer days are here for awhile and many of us are grilling on the barbecue more frequently. We are enjoying wonderful foods, family, and friends. That's all great but what else comes with barbecuing? Stains! Stains on carpets, clothes, and tablecloths.

When these kinds of stains happen - speed is the key. If you don't get to it right away, it doesn't mean it the stain is forever there, it just makes it easier to remove when it's a new stain.

Remove a Fresh Barbecue Stain From Clothing

1. Get a dull knife or something similar to scrape as much of the barbecue up as possible. Be very careful not to rub the stain into the fabric more than it already is.

2. When you're dealing with clothing, run the backside of the stain under cold water forcing it back out.

3. Then using a mild detergent (liquid), blot (don't rub) this on the stain. Let it sit on a paper towel or clean cloth for 5 - 10 minutes.

4. When you are dealing with white fabrics, you can try using a little bleach. Just make sure you test it on the fabric in an inconspicuous spot first.

5. Rinse thoroughly with cold water. If necessary repeat Steps 3 and 5 again. If some of the stain is remaining you may have to try a stain removal product.

6. Wash are you normally would for the stained garment but do not put it in the dryer. Let it air dry. By not drying it you are not permanently setting the stain in the fabric.

Removing a Fresh Barbecue Stain From Carpets

Follow Step 1 above.

2. Using a clean cloth, blot up as much of the stain as possible. Remember, do not rub as this will only make the stain bigger and more difficult to remove.

3. Using a mild liquid detergent blot over stain and let it sit for 5 - 10 minutes.

4. Use a dry section of the cloth to blot up and remove more of the stain.

5. If any stain remains you can try putting baking soda on the stain and working it in carefully (so as not to fray the carpet) with a toothbrush. Let this sit overnight then vacuum up the next day.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cleaning With Vinegar

Are you looking for a natural cleaner that is cost effective and does a great job? Maybe you’re thinking it isn’t possible. It is though with a common household product like White Vinegar.

White Vinegar is a natural cleaning product and environmentally friendly. Vinegar comes from a variety of sources like apples, rice, wood, and roots. Cleaning with vinegar will leave a smell behind, but don’t let that stop you because the smell will quickly dissipate.

Although vinegar is non-toxic, it is slightly acidic and should not be used on some surfaces. These are surfaces such as crystal, marble, and natural stone surfaces.

Everyday Glassware

If you have drinking glasses (regular glasses – not crystal) that have a cloudy residue, soak them in a container or large bowl of water (1 gallon) and vinegar (1/2 cup). Let them sit for 1/2 hour, remove and wash.

Cleaning the Bathroom

Want a clean, deodorized, and tidy bathroom? Use vinegar in the toilet, bathtub, and sink.


Pour 2 cups in the toilet bowl and let sit for about 5 minutes. Take a sponge and wipe the outside down then clean the inside of the bowl and flush.

Bathtub, Shower, and Sink

Mix together a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar. Spray on and wipe down the bathtub, shower walls, and sink area. Rinse well.

If the bathroom is very dirty with grim and soap scum, use the vinegar full strength on surfaces and fixtures. For water spots on faucets, use a paper towel with a little vinegar, let it sit on the faucet for 5 – 10 minutes, then wipe clean.

It will remove soap scum and buildup along with sanitizing everything you’ve used it on.

Vinegar will also remove greasy dirt and drops from your stove and refrigerator. Simply moisten a paper town or household sponge with vinegar from the bottle, and wipe. Works on chrome and stainless steel, as well.

Do not use vinegar on natural stone items. Vinegar is mildly acidic and can damage the surface of the stone.

Cleaning Hardwood And Linoleum Floors

Add a small amount of vinegar to warm water. Dampen (don’t overwet) your sponge mop and damp mop your hardwood or linoleum floors. It will remove greasy dirt left behind and sanitize, and leaves your floors shining.

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