Common Stain Removal Recipes

Isn’t it irritating how clothes, carpets, walls etc get ruined in so many awful ways by stains? If you stain your carpet you’ll never get your deposit back… Late for an interview and already spilt stuff on your clothes.. Not to mention all the hazardous chemicals in store bought removers. It is a pain to have to find easy, natural clean remedies. Why not make some at home with all natural products so you always have something on hand for that worst case scenario?

Removing stains from cotton: Gently pat the spot with a towel / wash cloth moistened with undiluted white vinegar. Rub the vinegar along the stain for a few mins before placing the item in the wash. For larger and more stubborn stains, soak the garment overnight in a solution of 3 parts vinegar to 1 part cold water before washing.

Hairspray for ink stains on clothes: Place a clean cloth underneath the stain so that it doesn’t seep through other layers and spray the ink with hairspray until saturated. Let it soak for 2 mins and then gently blot the stain with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until the stain visibly lightens. Rinse in warm water.

Coconut oil remover: Coconut oil works wonders especially on crusty, rough, colored spots as it absorbs most of the rough patches as well as the color. Mix equal parts coconut oil (slightly warm) + 1-2 spoons baking soda = Leave for 10 min on affected area. This works really well on the following:

  • Getting grease off hands (plain coconut oil is enough for this)
  • Removing a sticky mess from carpet (this takes more time and a lot of patience)
  • Cleaning wood floors 
  • Sticky residue from tape
  • Sticky, colored spots on furniture

Baking soda solution: This is perfect to clean anything stainless steel or metal based like stoves, hot plate coils, oven, even bath tubs and tiles.

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons castile soap (any natural based soap just to form suds)
  • 10-20 drops of essential oil (only for fragrance purposes; I prefer lemon)

Mix all ingredients together to form a uniform solution without any lumps. Either use a spray bottle to apply to surface, or use a metal scrubber. Leave on surface for 10 mins and gently scrub. Rinse off with warm water and dry.

Carpet Stains: Take 2-4 teaspoons of undiluted vinegar + 1 liter of water and mix in a spray bottle. Spray on stain + leave for 10 mins. Gently scrub with a metal scrubber + cold water rinse.

Oil stains: Use flour or talcum powder on both sides of the stain and let sit for 1 hour. You can also gently rub the stain with chalk which absorbs the oil. Allow the powder or chalk to soak for an hour or two. Shake off the powder; the stain should be visibly lighter or completely gone. Add some laundry soap and rinse under hot water; repeat as needed.

 

 

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