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How to Remove 10 Common Household Stains

Amanda Todd

Amanda Todd began her Real Estate Career after being a stay at home mom a majority of her adult life.  In 2014, Amanda joined a local Brokerage ...

Amanda Todd began her Real Estate Career after being a stay at home mom a majority of her adult life.  In 2014, Amanda joined a local Brokerage ...

Feb 8 3 minutes read

Nothing hurts me to my core more than having to toss out a GREAT blouse or pair of my kids' pants because of a stubborn stain. You know that feeling when you see it - deep, ugly anger that you missed a spot and now you've washed the item of clothing and it's too late, the stain is set.

I've been known to spill balsamic vinegar dressing on my work attire while driving to a listing appointment. Hey, life of a working mom right?

Naturally, through the journey of single mom-hood, I've picked up a few top notch stain-fighting tips that I keep on hand for whenever we have an accident. 

Below are my 10 handy stain fighting tips -  have any of these ideas worked at your house?

1. Grass stains: combine baking soda and white vinegar into a paste. Rub thoroughly over the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes. If need be, reapply again.

2. Blood: Mix 1 cup of water, 1/2 a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and a 1/2 cup of baking soda together. Apply to the stain and let it sit for 20 minutes before washing as usual.

3. Red Wine: If on carpet, lightly blot with COLD water. If on clothing, rinse under cold water immediately. Then, combine equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and Dawn dish soap. Dab into stain before you let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Rinse in cold water. Another soluation is to cover the stain with a handful of salt. The salt should begin to absorb the stain color. Soak the clothing in cold water with an enzyme detergent, preferably overnight. If you are unable to soak the clothing or carpet, immediately treat with club soda.

4. Ink: Rub Areosol (hairspray) into the stain before rinsing in cold water.

5. Sweat: Create a paste with baking soda and water, rub thoroughly into the stain and hand wash in hot water. Another solution is to pre-treat the stain and add diluted vinegar to remove left over sweat coloration. Rinse with cool water.

6. Gum: Rub an ice cub over the gum until it's hard and can be broken off.

7. Chocolate: Rub Dawn dish soap into the stain and rinse in cold water. May take a few times.

8. Make-up: Pre-treat the stain with stain remover before washing in hot water

9. Grease and oil: Place the clothing item on several sheets of paper towels and apply and oil solvent - allow to dry before rinsing and machine washing on hot. Another option is to cover the stain with cornstarch, baking soda or baby powder and leave it sitting for several minutes before brushing (not rubbing) the powder off. 

10. Milk: Place fabric under cold water as soon as possible and let it sit for 10 minutes. Another option is to rub detergent gently into the stain and allow it to soak for at least 5 minutes before rinsing.

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