5 Tricks For Getting Stains Out Of Anything
Stains are unavoidable, and not all of us have spot cleaner available at home. Whether they’re slowly developed sweat rings on your pillow or a sudden red wine spill, these tips will help you scrub out the nastiest of stains using household items!
If you have a stain or two you’re itching to remove, then keep reading!
1. Yellow Pillows
You may wash your pillowcases on a (hopefully) regular basis, but what about that pillow that seems to be becoming more and more yellow? It’s nothing to feel embarrassed about, and you definitely don’t need to toss your pillow once it’s stained.
This simple recipe and method will make your pillow the brilliant white it once was!
1 cup of laundry detergent
1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
1 cup bleach
1/2 cup Borax
Fill 1/3 of your washing machine with hot water.
Then add all the ingredients listed above.
Turn on the machine, allowing everything to dissolve.
Put your pillows in the washing machine (only two at a time, depending on how big your washing machine is).
Let the pillows go through two rinse cycles.
Leave them out to dry, preferably in the sun.
2. Mattress Stains
Now that you have fresh pillows, it’s time to take care of any stains you may have on your mattress. Even if there aren’t any visible stains, the following solution will help with strange odors that seem to linger in the bedroom that are from the sweat and dirt resting in your bed.
Remove everything on your bed, including the fitted sheet.
Vacuum the top of the mattress, working your way down the sides and edges.
Using a sieve, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the mattress and gently scrub it in with a cleaning brush.
Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then vacuum it again.
Once you've eliminated the odor, now it's time to treat the stains. For stubborn stains, mix hydrogen peroxide with liquid soap and salt, but for any other kind of stain spray diluted dish soap and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove the liquid, but make sure not to use too much water!
3. Removing Wine From Carpet
Spilling a dark liquid on carpet can easily ruin one’s day, and if you haven’t experienced it yet then consider yourself lucky! One of the absolute worst drinks to spill is red wine, but luckily there is a solution to remove it!
Use a towel to try and absorb as much of the liquid as you can. Make sure you don’t spread the stain!
Pour club soda on top of the stain and let it soak.
If the fizzy liquid isn't removing the stain, add a very generous amount of salt. The more salt you add, the more wine will be absorbed.
If the stain is too stubborn, try mixing three parts hydrogen peroxide to one part dish soap. Most stain removers include these two ingredients, so making it yourself will save you time and money.
4. Sweat Stains On Clothes
Whether it’s a yellow stain on the armpits of your shirts or dresses, or visible stains along the collar, sweat stains are easy to get out! Instead of spending more money on replacement clothes, consider trying this simple method.
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
Soak your stained shirts for 30 minutes in a bowl filled with vinegar and two cups of warm water.
Mix the baking soda, salt, and hydrogen peroxide together in a separate bowl until it forms a paste. The hydrogen peroxide will whiten the stain, while the baking soda and salt remove it completely.
Take the shirts out of the vinegar water and squeeze them until they're damp. Lay the shirts on a towel and apply the paste. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes.
Wash your shirts with the rest of your white laundry and they should come out looking new!
5. Mud-Stained Clothes
Don’t worry about getting mud on your clothes because contrary to popular opinion, it IS possible to remove mud stains. It doesn’t matter the color of clothing or mud, all of it is definitely removable!
1 tablespoon of vinegar
1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent
Chlorine bleach (optional)
If mud is still caked on your clothes, wait for it to dry and brush it off.
Combine 4 cups of warm water, the liquid dish detergent, and vinegar in a big bucket. Placet your mud-stained clothes inside and let it soak for 15 minutes.
Rinse with water and let the clothes air dry.
If the stain is still there, sponge the affected area with rubbing alcohol, then rinse with water and put the clothes in the washing machine. If it's safe to use bleach on your clothing, pour a little on before throwing them in the wash.
Which of these cleaning tricks do you think you’ll try? Pass this article on to your friends and family and let us know which stain removal tips you have!