Stain Removal Home Remedies

Take a look at the list below of DIY stain removal tips and tricks. We recommend you test these remedies on small spots before treating larger areas. Some stains will require professional help.

Stain Removal from Mattress:
You will need a measuring cup, 8 ounces hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, a spray bottle, dish soap and a fan. Measure out the hydrogen peroxide and mix in the baking soda. Once it is mixed, pour it into the spray bottle. Squeeze one drop of dish soap into the bottle. Mix it up and start spraying the stain. Turn the fan on high and let it sit for about an hour. For tough stains, you may have to do this process a few times before the stain is completely gone.

Pet Carpet Stains:
When potty training your pet, you may be left with a few carpet stains. All you will need is vinegar and baking soda. Pour enough vinegar to soak the stain and then add a small amount of baking soda. You should be able to hear the mixture cackling on the stain. Let it dry for a day or two. Once it is completely dry, vacuum up the residue.

Ink Stains on Clothes:
Before placing your ink stained piece of clothing in the wash, spray the stain with hairspray. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Use hot water to rinse it.

If you don’t have any hair spray in the house, try using Purell. Put the get over the stain and rub it into the stain gently. Let it sit for 10 minutes before putting it into the wash.

Ink Stains on Leather:
It is best to get this professionally cleaned as products, such as hairspray or hand sanitier, may cause further damage.

Plastic Container Stain Removal:
Use a lemon to remove tomato stains from plastic containers. Cut the lemon in half and rub it all along the stained container. Squeeze the extra lemon juice into the container and allow the container to dry in the sun.

Rust Stain Removal:
Old pans tend to be left with rust stains. Rinse the pan and shake it dry. Dust the pan lightly with baking soda. Be sure to cover the spots that have the stains. Let the pan sit for 30 minutes. Clean the pan with a scourer making sure to get the rust off. Rinse the pan and let it dry. To prevent the pan from rusting again, coat the pan with oil.

Water Ring Removal:
If you find a water ring on your beautiful wood coffee table don’t panic! Grab the mayonnaise from the fridge and apply a coat of it to the stain. Be sure to cover the whole stain. Leave the mayo on for at least four hours but if possible, leave overnight. Wipe the mayo off the next day and there should be no signs of the stain.

Paint Stain Removal :
Paint can be tough to get out of any material. If you get an oil based paint on your clothes or shoes, make sure to remove it while it is still wet. Once it dries, it’s very tough to get out. Keep it wet until you can start cleaning it. Place the stain over paper towels or old rags. Wet the area with paint thinner and tap the area with an old spoon to force the paint out. Once the paint is removed, put detergent on the area and rub it in. Let it soak in hot water overnight. Scrub in the morning with detergent and clean the clothing as you normally would.

If you have been using latex paint, run warm water on the back of the fabric. Be sure to use a forceful stream of water. Work in laundry detergent and keep rinsing until stain is removed.


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10 Dec 2014

By Boston Parents Paper