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How to Handle Household Stains

Sometimes it feels like keeping a house clean is a full time job! Especially when adding kids and pets into the mix, household stains can happen easily and frequently. When you’re in between Green Home Cleaning appointments, use these great simple tips to naturally remove common stains!

Red wine: Shake a generous amount of salt onto the carpet stain as soon as it occurs. Let sit for several hours before washing with cold water.

Tomato: Use white vinegar directly on the affected area, and wash immediately in cold water.

Oil or grease: Sprinkle baking soda over the stain to soak up as much of the solution as possible. When this has been dusted off, soak in white vinegar for 15 to 20 minutes, and scrub the stained area with dish soap before running it through the washing machine.

Grass: Let soak for several minutes in a mixture of half hydrogen peroxide and half water, then scrub with dish soap. This process also works well for many common food stains.

Paint or ink: One option for these type of stains is to soak in rubbing alcohol for 30 minutes. As an alternative treatment for ink stains, try using lemon juice!

Vomit or poop: Be cautious with these stains that you do not use hot water- this will only cause the smell to set in! Instead, soak in cool water before washing with a mixture of one half cup of baking soda and one half cup of hydrogen peroxide in the washing machine. This process is also effective for glue stains or egg stains!

Sweat: For underarm stains on clothing, use a solution of equal parts lemon juice and water. Lemon juice can also be used as an addition to a load of laundry to help whiten whites and reduce mineral stains.

Blood: One option for removing blood stains is to soak in a salt water solution before washing in cold water. As an alternative, try using ice water to help loosen the stain before throwing in the washing machine.

Coffee or tea: Immediately after a spill on clothing or a rug, pour boiling hot water over the affected area. This can also be used to remove berry stains. To help reduce stains on your favorite coffee and tea mugs, simply use your favorite toothpaste!

We hope these tips help you have a stress-free summer! Happy cleaning!

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