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Friday, August 31, 2012

Removing Cat Vomit from Carpets

What pet owner doesn’t have pet stains? If you don’t – I envy you! What Do you do?

I have two Ragdoll cats, sweet as can be; one wants to over indulge herself and would vomit quite a bit, the other likes to watch her girlish figure. For the most part, we solved the overeating issue by putting a golf ball in their food bowls.

And no matter what we do, they both cough up occasional hairballs. I love my cats and a cleanin’ up after them I will do. What else can you do?

To remove vomit stains follow these simple tips. We’ve given you a few options to try.


Oxyclean works great to remove vomit stains.

1. First you want to remove as much of the vomit as you can.

2. Then mix 2 tablespoons Oxyclean with 16 ounces of water.

3. Apply just enough of the solution to saturate the stained area. Let sit for 5 minutes. You don’t want the mix to dry.

4. Use a clean, white cloth and blot the stain, working from the outside in.

5. Rinse the area with clean water and blot with another clean cloth until dry.

6. You may need to repeat the process to completely remove the stain.

Hydrogen Peroxide

I keep bottles of hydrogen peroxide in my house. When it’s on sale, I stock up. It can be used for so many things. To clean up vomit, follow the instructions below. This method can be used on many carpet stains as well.

1. After you’ve cleaned up as much of the vomit as possible, saturate the stain with hydrogen peroxide. I take an old toothbrush and lightly rub into the stain, again working from the outside in.

2. Cover the area with plastic wrap. This is so the hydrogen peroxide doesn’t soak into the towel.

3. Now place a towel over the hydrogen peroxide and plastic wrap. This is done because hydrogen peroxide turns to water when exposed to light.

4. Let sit for at least an hour before you check the stain. It could take longer. I believe I read somewhere that it takes at least 45 minutes for the chemical reaction to start working.

5. Repeat the process if necessary.


You can also try using salt to remove some of the stain. Clean up as much of the vomit as you can. Sprinkle salt onto the stained area and cover with a damp cloth.

Let this sit for two to three hours and when you remove the cloth, the stain should have lightened quite a bit.

This tip actually works well on yellow bile stains.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Blood Stains Be Gone

A red blood splatter.

Summer and warm weather, you gotta love it. I know I do. I was a tomboy when I was growing up. Riding the mini-bike, horses, climbing, you name it, and we were doing it better than the boys were.

Of course, doing these things also left my Mom with quite a lot of dirty laundry, sometimes I’d scrap or seriously scratch an arm or leg leaving my clothes a bloody mess. My mother was none too happy.

Now I know how my Mother felt. After having 3 children (2 daughters and 1 boy), I've removed my share of blood stains and I'd say that qualifies me as a stain removal expert. Keep reading and you’ll be one too!

The old fashioned, tried and true methods remove blood stains on clothing, sheets, blankets, and furniture.

Remember Time is of the Essence

If you can, get to the stain before it dries and has a chance to set in the fabric. A fresh blood stain is easier to remove.

Use Cold Water

Always use COLD water. If you use hot water on a blood stain, you will literally cook the blood binding it to the fabric fibers.

Work Gently

When using a cleaning solution to remove a blood stain, there is no need to be harsh with the garment and possibly damage the fabric. Treat it gently when working with it.

Don’t Put it in The Dryer

After using a treatment for removing blood and washing as you normally would, don’t put the item in the dryer until you are sure the blood stain is gone.

Homemade Blood Stain Remover

Ice Cubes, Shampoo, and Salt

This will work on blood stains that are old and new.
• 2 tablespoon regular table salt
• 1 tablespoon shampoo

Removing a Blood Stain from Regular Fabric

First turn the item inside out. This will help flush the stain out of the fabric and not deeper into it.

Now run really cold water over the stain and remove as much of the blood as you can. Don’t get impatient; it may take a few minutes.

After you have rinsed out as much as you can, put the stopper in the sink and fill it with enough cold water to cover the blood stained item then let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove it from the sink and wring out as much water as you can.

Take 1 tablespoon salt and gently use a circular motion and rub over the stain.

Without rinsing, add the shampoo to the salt and work it in. When it lathers, add the rest of the salt and continue to work into the fabric.

Rinse the item completely with cold water and wash as you normally would. Remember not to dry in the dryer until you are sure the stain is out.

In a Hurry and Need to Remove a Blood Stain?

Use two heavy duty paper towels and place them on either side of the blood stain.

Wet the top paper towel in water then dab and apply pressure to the blood stained area so the blood will pass through onto the dry paper towel.

Additional Tips

Here are a few more additional tips you can try when removing a blood stain.

• Spray Windex on the stain before you put it in the laundry. Scrub lightly with an clean toothbrush. Launder as usual, the process may need to be repeated.
• I think we all know about using hydrogen peroxide with a blood stain. Just pour it directly on or over the stain until gone, you may need to repeat the process, wash and check before drying.
• Here’s a good method for jeans and khakis. Lava Soap is works by rubbing it on the stain under cold running water. Do this until you can’t remove any more of the stain. Now apply a stain remover, let it sit about 30 minutes. Wash as usual.

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