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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.

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