Whether you are into green cleaning or making homemade cleaners there is no doubt you have come across your fill of tough stains. Some stains are more specific than others and hence need a different approach to perfectly clean them. The lines below contain a list of the most popular (and most persistent stains) including a few tips on how to remove them.
How to Remove Blood Stains
Cleaning blood is not as difficult as it is believed to be. Here are the steps that you need to take in order to successfully remove them:
- Make a mixture of water and talc or of water and flour. Apply the mixture over the stain, wait for it until it gets completely dry and use a clothes brush to remove it. Then wash with cool water.
- If the stain is on a surface made of cotton you can effectively remove it with a thread. Just make a ball of a long thread and use saliva to wet it. Place the thread over the stain and soon it will absorb the blood in itself.
- Blood stains on leather can be cleaned by using a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. Apply the solvent over the stain and when you notice small bubbles on it, remove it with a clean cloth.
How to Remove Wine Stains
If you have split white wine, there is nothing to worry about as it leaves no spots. Unlike white wine, stains of red wine should be cleaned as soon as possible. First, cover the whole stain with salt. It will absorb the wine but it is very likely that you might need to repeat the procedure a couple of times until you see that the salt layer you have applied on the stain gets dry and can be easily brushed away.
How to Remove Mustard Stains
The best way to clean a mustard stain is to immediately absorb the stain as it gets more difficult to do it when the mustard gets dry. Use a suitable astringent and wash the area as usual. If the stain is old you should first remove the extra quantity of mustard before cleaning it. In order to do that you can use a coin, a card or a butter knife. Then clean as usual.
How Remove Ketchup Stains
Wet the cloth where the stain is and use a liquid soap to gently rub it. If the stain is on a white cloth, you should use bleach, apple cider vinegar or a lemon juice to keep the colour.
How to Clean a Shirt Collar
Before you put the shirt into the laundry, apply shampoo on the shirt’s collar.
How to Remove Oil and Salad Oil Stains
Apply a salt layer over the stain. Wait until the salt get dry and brush it away. Then wash the cloth as usual.
How to Remove Water Stains on Glasses, Bottles, ect.
You can easily remove them with the help of a woollen cloth with vinegar.
How to Remove Glass Scratches
Scratches on glasses and other things made of glass can be easily removed with the help of toothpaste. Simply apply a small amount of the toothpaste on the area where the scratches are.
This guest post was written by Nicole. She is passionate about travelling, flowers and home organizing. Read more of her Barnet home cleaning stories and green living tips.
my biggest pain were always those godd*mn wine stains, I hate them!
Those stains are awful!
I love these tips. For someone always prone to wearing my food this will come in very handy. 🙂
Me and you both 😉
Very useful! Only thing missing is how to clean the bathtub (I really need that)
Thanks! I hear ya. I hate cleaning baths and showers for some reason.
Morgan@Eat Right Newsletter
Great post! I’ll definitely use the method for removing red wine the salt is an awesome tip!
Thank you!! I hope it helps 🙂
Wow, this is a very useful article. I usually soak things in Oxyclean and hope it comes out. Thanks for these tips!!
I love Oxiclean too 🙂
I love green cleaning. Thank you for the tips. I will try the shampoo on the shirt collars. Do you think the toothpaste will also be okay to use on eye glasses?
I would maybe test it on an old pair first just to see what it does
Great post and very practical. Thanks I was wondering about the oil stain.
You are welcome Retha!
These tips are so useful for anyone who has ever tried to take care of a pesky stain. I never knew to use toothpaste to take out scratches on glass. 🙂
I wasn’t aware of the toothpaste trick for scratches on glass. Thanks!
You are welcome Jeri!
This is awesome info. I never knew the best ways to get blood out, but those are really creative. I’ve actually heard that you can get rid of red wine stains by using white wine? I’ve never tried it but it might be something to check out!
Using white wine sounds interesting. I will have to try that if I get a red wine stain.
It may just be because of the place I am in (mentally) right now. But with cleaning up being your first stain, the imagination runs wild.
Hehe. Thanks for stopping by Jon.
Such good tips! I was just dropping by since you were so kind as to comment on my blog on Monday when I was the SITS featured blogger. Also, I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog (it ends Tuesday) if you’d like to come back by and check it out that would be excellent!
Your fellow SITStah,
Thanks! I always stop by the blogs that visit my site too 🙂
I liked this post thank you for the information I have made a copy and yeah yo would think at the age of 50 I would already know all this but alas I don’t well didnt’ now I do…………..
You are very welcome Jo Anne. We learn something new every day 🙂