Reach into your pantry for simple stain removal solutions that can save the day
Spills and stains on different surfaces are easy to handle with things that might be in your pantry. The best thing you can do is to tackle the stains as quickly as possible, which makes it easier to remove. Assess the surface before using these hacks as some may be too corrosive for antiques or porous materials.
1. White vinegar is the superhero in your stain removing arsenal. Dilute half a cup of vinegar in a bucket of warm water to clear stains from floors. For wooden floors, test the strength of your solution on a hidden spot prior to cleaning with vinegar.
2. Soda bicarbonate is another great ingredient for combating stains. Use a solution of vinegar and soda bicarbonate to soak stains on fabrics before washing them. Dilute this mixture in a bucket of water and use on walls to remove stains. Wipe it off with a wet sponge immediately and then dry the walls.
3. Soak a sponge with lemon juice and sprinkle salt on it. Use it to clean stains off brass items like handles, curios, doorknobs, etc. Wipe the solution off with cold water before immediately drying the item with a soft cloth.
4. Hydrogen peroxide, a great bleaching agent, is readily available. Add a cap-full to your laundry water to brighten clothes or directly on stubborn stains on light coloured fabrics.
5. Rub petroleum jelly or olive oil on stained wooden furniture to remove them. Use a thin layer of wood wax and a soft cloth to gently polish the surface.
6. Rubbing or isopropyl alcohol is another safe stain removal agent. Make a solution of rubbing alcohol, vinegar, a few drops of dish soap, essential oil and hot water to clean and de-grease kitchen counters and glass surfaces.
7. For oil or grease stains on upholstery and furnishings, you will first need to blot with paper towels. Then sprinkle corn starch or baby powder and leave for an hour to absorb the remaining grease before brushing it out.
A solution of soda bicarbonate or baking soda and vinegar can easily take off stains from fabrics and walls.
A sponge soaked in lemon and sprinkled with salt will help take off stains from brass pieces.
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