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Monday, June 11, 2012

Kids and Stains and How to Get Them Out

Removing stains doesn’t have to be rocket science or become a scene where you’re shouting expletives. If it’s summer and you have kids, you have stains.
Maybe Dad’s out in the back practicing baseball with junior and he slides for home base or the kids are riding bikes or skateboards and one falls and scrapes themselves up. These things happen all too often, leaving you to clean up.

Below are some easy, non-toxic ways to get some of the most common kids stains out!

Blood Stain Removal

First off, don’t use hot or warm water. This can lock in the stain and make it a permanent stain.

Hydrogen Peroxide

This handy multi-tasker works great on blood stains. Put a piece of plastic wrap under the stain, then pour the hydrogen peroxide right on the stain. Cover with another piece of plastic wrap then a towel (hp turns to water when exposed to light). Check the progress after a few minutes, repeat as necessary. Rinse with cool water.


This can be used on most fabrics and it won’t damage the fabric the way that bleach can. Use the plastic wrap under the stain, then pour the ammonia on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes then rinse with cold water.

I use plastic wrap because it doesn’t absorb the liquid, but a towel can be used if you choose to.

Acrylic Paint Stains

Hairspray, pine cleaner or alcohol works really well at removing acrylic paint from clothing. Test a small spot first, then spray on the hairspray (or alcohol or pine cleaner) and rub gently to remove the paint stain. You may have to wash the garment twice. Soak, scrub, repeat.

Removing Berry Stains and Red Fruit Juice

When my kids were growing up I saw a lot of these stains in the summer. It didn’t matter if it was picking fresh berries or if it was drinking fruit juice. One or both eventually ended up on their clothes.

You can do one of two things:

• Blot the stain and remove as much liquid as possible then rinse under cold water to remove more of the stain. Rub the stain with a cut lemon or pure lemon juice, let sit for about 30 minutes then rinse, and air dry. If necessary, use a pre-wash treatment for stain removal then launder as usual.

• You can also pour boiling hot water on the stain until it disappears. It will remove berry and red juice stains right away, even the white ones.

Try to keep clean fabric from the stained area so you don’t transfer more of the stain elsewhere.

Removing Bubble Gum

Place your clothing in the freezer. Wait 2 hours before removing. You can gently scrape off the frozen gum and then blot the rest with dry cleaning solvent to remove any residue.

Removing Crayon Stains from Clothes and the Wall

Use a dry-cleaning solvent if the stain is on clothing. You can also wash the clothes on the hottest setting and add 1/2 cup of washing soda along with the detergent. Use the pre soak cycle, then wash normally.

If the crayon is on the wall use a Mr. Clean Magic eraser. Follow the package instructions for use, rub gently until gone.

Ketchup Stains

Part of summertime fun is playing yard games and having a barbeque. Barbequing and eating hot dogs and hamburgers means not only will the kids slop – the adults will too.
Pour some Mr. Clean on the stain and let sit for about 30 minutes. The stain should be gone, if not just soak a few minutes longer. Just rinse and wash as usual.

Hopefully you have found a new cleaning method that you can use on stains.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Removing Carpet Stains

No one ever really likes to hear the word “Oops!” It typically leads to something having to be fixed or cleaned and time taken away from whatever it was you were doing.

In this case we’re talking about carpet stains. Maybe someone spilled on the carpet or a stain was brought into the house from the bottom of dirty shoes, or a nice little mess one of the animals made.

Removing carpet stains is essential, especially if you have little ones crawling around.

A Few Tips to Keep in Mind Before Starting

• Blot stains don’t rub or scrub hard. You don’t want to spread the stain further into the carpet or damage carpet fibers.
• In most cases you will work from the outside of the stain towards the center.
• Don’t use an excessive amount of water or cleaning solution. You want to get the liquid out of the carpet and not have it soaking through the carpet pad.
• Test new cleaning methods in an inconspicuous spot first.
• Use clean terry towels or white paper towels to blot up stains.
• Use pressure to blot. You can stand on the towel or paper towel if it helps.
• It can’t hurt to cover a cleaned area with a clean towel until dry so foot traffic doesn’t create another mess.

Removing Coffee, Red Juice, Wine, and Tea Stains

Below are a few different methods you can try depending on the stain and how fresh or old it is. Remember, blot up all liquid as soon as possible and make sure to get up as much of the stain as possible.

Method #1

• Use club soda by applying to the area stained area. Allow to sit for a minute then blot it up again. Keep repeating this method until the stain is fully removed. When the stain is gone, rinse using some clean water and blot that up as well.

Method #2

• Mix 1/4 teaspoon dishwashing soap with a quart of water. Apply to the stain and blot up to remove the liquid and stain.
• Rinse using clean water and blotting up when done.

Method #3

• If not all of the stain came up, then use hydrogen peroxide. Pour onto the stain and allow it set for several hours. The hydrogen peroxide will chemically react with it and release the stain.
• Cover the area with a layer of plastic wrap then a towel. Hydrogen peroxide turns to water when exposed to light.
• Blot dry.

Chocolate Stains on Carpet

• Get rid of the chocolate by scraping up and removing any excess chocolate you can.
• Use one teaspoon dishwashing liquid and one cup of water then apply to the stain.
• Blot the stain out using a terry towel. Repeat if necessary.
• Rinse with clean water and blot as dry as possible.

Removing Candle Wax

• Scrape off as much as you can of the wax with a dull knife.
• Cover with a clean white paper towel then apply a warm iron to it. This will help to transfer the wax stain from the carpet to the paper towel.
• Keep moving the iron around until it is totally absorbed. Change paper towel as needed.
• If greasy spots are left, apply baking soda and let it sit a while then vacuum up.

Cleaning Cat Vomit off Carpets

Cats. We love ‘em but not the vomit messes on carpets they can make.

Cleaning Cat Hairballs

If your cat has vomited up a hairball, simply remove it gently as soon as you can, hopefully sooner than later.

Pick it up with a paper towel and clean using Method #2 above.

Getting Cat Vomit Out of Carpet

• First remove as much of the solid stuff using paper towels then blot up what you can of the remaining vomit again using paper towels.
• Mix together 1 cup white vinegar and 1 quart warm water to clean the stain.
• Pour this solution on the stain (be careful not to pour too much and flood the area). Let sit for a few minutes while you go get more paper towels.
• Blot until you’ve gotten the liquid up, let dry, repeat if necessary.

If the vomit stain is persistent, sprinkle a little baking soda over the stain then pour a little white vinegar over the top of the baking soda.

Let this set for a couple of minutes, the foaming action should help to remove the stain up and out.

Blot up liquid, rinse with clean water, let dry then vacuum.

Now Freshen Up with Spray Air Freshener

To make everything more fresh and clean, make yourself this simple air freshener.

Get a spray bottle and add some distilled water and your favorite essential oil(s). This recipe is based on the size of the bottle you use.

• Fill the container with the distilled water.
• Add essential oil to the water and shake.

The amount of essential oil to use will depend on the scent you are using. Some are stronger than others. Start with about 8 drops and do a test spray. Add more or less depending on what you like.

Some essential oils you might like to use are orange, lemon, cinnamon, grapefruit, rosemary, coconut oil, and lavender.

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