Removing Stains

Coffee Stains
To remove a coffee stain from fabric or a rug, try one of these methods:

Dip a white cloth into a beaten egg yolk and rub the yolk into the stain. Then rinse with clear water.

Work denatured alcohol into the stain, then rinse with water.

Apply a solution of 1/2 teaspoon mild detergent in a pint of water. Blot with a white towel. If the stain remains, apply a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar and blot.

Use the bartender's method for speedy stemware washing. Holding the base, pump the glass vigorously in very hot sudsy water, then quickly put it in hot clear water (cooler water may shatter it) Dry upside down on a cotton towel.

For extra-shiny, streakless glasses, add a little vinegar or borax to the final rinse water.

If glasses have hard-water stains, rub them with a scouring pad dipped in vinegar.

Never use hot water, harsh soaps, ammonia or washing soda on silver or gold-rimmed glasses.

A well-lathered shaving brush cleans deeply etched or hobnailed glass especially well.

If eggs have dried on your patterned glass tableware, rub off the residue with a slice of lemon.

Stainless Steel
To remove water spots on stainless steel, rub area with a clean, soft cloth dampened with white vinegar. Then wipe dry to avoid spots.

Heel Marks
Use a pencil eraser on black heel marks.

Dishwasher Soap Film
Run a cup of white vinegar through the entire dishwashing cycle in an empty dishwasher to remove all soap film.

Hand wash in hot sudsy water

Cover stain with meat tenderizer and dab on warm water to create a paste. Let sit for 20 minutes then dab away with a sponge and cold water

Ink Stains
Spray a liberal amount of hairspray over stain, then rub away with a clean dry cloth.


House Cleaning - Natural Stain Removal

Natural Stain Removers

Natural stain remover products are far easier on the environment and do a great job of removing stains caused by accidents and spills. While most natural stain removers work well together be sure to never mix ammonia and bleach as it produces toxic fumes.

To make your white clothes whiter and colored clothes brighter, add a cup of hydrogen peroxide, fill the washing machine with water and add your clothes. After half an hour add your laundry detergent and wash as usual. In addition, by adding 1/4 cup of baking soda, your laundry will smell fresh and clean.

To remove red wine from your carpet all you need is a spray bottle, ammonia, soft white cloth and liquid laundry detergent. Mix one tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent, three cups of ammonia and one cup of water in a spray bottle. Blot up any excess wine carefully, being sure not to rub. Spray this solution on the wine stain, soaking thoroughly. Use a soft white cloth, dampen with hot water and then gently rub the stain. Spray and repeat, as necessary, until the stain is gone. Blot with white paper towels and then let the stain air dry.

A natural stain remover for getting rust stains out of sinks, toilets bowls and faucets is lemon juice or white vinegar. Either rub lemon juice or pour white vinegar onto the rust stain. Leave this on until the rust stain disappears. Rinse with water and repeat if necessary.

Pour a little liquid dishwashing soap on grass stains and rub. This works well for removing stubborn grass stains from the knees of pants. Let this soak in overnight and then launder as usual.

Make a paste of baking soda and water and use to remove tea stains from counter tops, mugs or cups. Rub this into the tea stain and then wash. If the stain is stubborn, rub a little chlorine bleach into the stain, until it disappears. To prevent fading, wash the countertop or cup immediately, with warm soapy water and then rinse.

A natural stain remover to get crayon marks off a non-porous surface, such as a floor, is to put a little toothpaste on a damp cloth and rub the stain. Toothpaste does not work on porous surfaces or wallpaper. Toothpaste also removes water spots.

For stains on chrome, such as kitchen appliances or faucets, rub with baby oil applied to a soft cloth. It not only removes the stains but also shines the chrome.

Making and using natural stain remover is a safer, less expensive way to clean.


Natural Carpet Cleaners

When your carpets are dirty or stained it certainly detracts from the rooms overall appearance and you know its time for a natural carpet cleaner.

Always vacuum your carpets weekly or more often if they receive a lot of traffic. One thing most people do incorrectly when vacuuming is they pass the vacuum over the carpet too quickly.

No matter how high-powered the vacuum is or how strong the suction is you need to pass it slowly over the carpet to pick up all the dust and dirt.

People are more environmentally conscious than ever so instead of using cleaners that contain harmful chemicals and pollutants they want a natural carpet cleaner that is not only safe but does a wonderful job.

Here are some great natural cleaners that are effective, inexpensive and make your carpets smell and look like new.

Pre-clean your carpets before you start to shampoo or clean them. Use a stiff broom to sweep your carpet, which not only makes the nap stand up but also loosens any imbedded dust and dirt.

Now vacuum your carpet and you will be amazed at the difference. A great natural carpet cleaner that removes food stains is shaving cream.

Blot the stain first but never rub, because that spreads the stain and also breaks the fibers down. Spray shaving cream on the carpet stain and leave it set for fifteen or twenty minutes. Use a solution of vinegar and water to rinse off the shaving cream.

To remove red dye stains from drinks or red wine stains, use a solution of three parts peroxide to seven parts water.

Always test this solution in an inconspicuous spot, as peroxide is bleach.

Spray this mixture onto the stain and leave it for half an hour. Soak up as much carpet cleaning solution and stain as possible, by blotting with white paper towels. Use a water/vinegar solution to rinse.

Repeat the procedure if any stain remains.

Removing other stains such as cola, beer and coffee starts by using white paper towels to blot up as much stain as possible. Spray the stain with a mixture of three-quarters cup of water and a quarter cup of white vinegar. Blot up the stain and excess moisture.

Repeat, and if the stain is stubborn, make a mixture using a quart of warm water and one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent that contains no lanolin or bleach. Use a soft white cloth to blot this mixture onto the remaining stain and repeat until the stain disappears.

Rinse with warm water and blot until you remove as much moisture as possible and then let the carpet air dry. By using a natural carpet cleaner your carpet will look wonderful and smell clean.


Cleaning Up after Pets

Animal antics
As much as we love our household pets, they can create cleaning headaches. Between muddy paws, fur on upholstered furniture, odors and occasional accidents, we could spend quite a bit of time cleaning up after our furry friends. Since pets will never be able to clean up after themselves, experts offer some suggestions for undoing the most common pet damage.

Minimize the mess
Cleaner pets mean a cleaner house. Bathe and brush your pets regularly to minimize the amount of pet hair and pet dander, and to help with odors. Keep a lint brush or damp sponge handy to quickly pick up loose pet hair. Unless your pet has dietary restrictions, a light mist of spray-on cooking oil on your pet's dishes will make them easier to wash out and will add shine to his or her coat.

Removing pet hair
On carpeting, use a vacuum with a good beater brush or brush roll. Plain vacuums don't generate sufficient lift to pick up all the pet hair from the floor.

Speed removal of pet hair from fabrics and upholstery with a pet rake, a brush with crimped nylon bristles. Use light, even strokes to remove the hair. Velour brushes, tape rollers and even tape wrapped around your hand also will work. Both pet supply and home stores sell "pet sponges," which are used dry on both upholstery and carpets. They can be an especially good option for hard-to-reach corners and edges where hair tends to collect. As long as dampness won't harm the fabric, you can also use a slightly dampened sponge or even the rubber bottom of a clean tennis shoe.

Lifting stains
To remove a pet urine stain, dilute the spot using a cloth dampened with water. Then, clean the area with an acid solution consisting of one quart water mixed with one teaspoon white vinegar.

If necessary, you can apply a pet bacteria/enzyme digester according to the directions. You can find these products at any pet store; they effectively counter both the stain and the odor. Even if the stain has disappeared or our human noses can no longer smell anything, a pet will repeatedly return to the same spot if he can still smell his own odor. Here are some other hints:

Be sure to use enough bacteria/enzyme digester to penetrate the carpet and pad.
Keep in mind that digesters work well but slowly. Leave the solution on as long as indicated.
After applying the solution, cover with plastic and step on the spot several times until the area is well saturated.
Keep the plastic on the entire time the digester is working to make sure the spot doesn't dry out.

Older stains
If the stain is older, it may be nearly impossible to remove, but try the digester. If the site has seen multiple accidents, the bacteria breaking down the stain may actually create a superalkaline state that interferes with the digester's intended action. In this case, follow these steps:

After the bacteria digester has been working for about four hours, neutralize the spot by mixing a solution of one cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water.
Rinse the area with the vinegar solution.
Apply a fresh batch of bacteria/enzyme digester solution.
You might also try buying a hypodermic needle from your local pharmacy and filling it with your favorite perfume or potpourri. You'll need to inject both the carpet and the pad for it to work. If you still have a problem, have the carpet cleaned by extraction. It may even be necessary to replace the pad underneath.

Stomach trouble
If your pet has an upset stomach on your carpet, cleanup may be trickier. The extremely acidic nature of vomit can cause the acid dyes in the carpet to move, permanently damaging the carpet. Dyes in your pet's food or medicine may also combine with the strong stomach acid to stain your flooring. That's why it's essential to neutralize or at least dilute the acid as quickly as possible to minimize damage. To bring the carpet back to a neutral pH:

Treat the affected area using a professional carpet detergent.
Rinse the area with clean hot water.
Extract the soiled solutions away from the carpet.
If the stains cannot be removed, carpet dyeing may be a good option. While not as permanent as factory dyeing, spot dyeing will solve the problem of bleached carpet.

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