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Getting rid of wine, dirt, mustard, or even gum stains can be quite a challenge and the origin of many headaches. We're here to help with these 30 amazing and clever cleaning hacks to help you to get rid of practically every kind of stain. Next time you'll know what to do and will even impress your friends and family with your new "McGyver" skills.
Iron the stains away
What if we told you an iron could actually help to get rid of stains on your carpet? First, vacuum the stained area to remove any hard particles, then apply a mix of water and vinegar (3:1) on the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes. Next, put a towel over the stain and apply a heated iron. It will cause the stain to transfer into the towel.
Remove wine stains with baking soda
If the wine stain is already dry, pour a little water on it, then absorb it as much as you can with paper towels. Next, sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on top of the stain and leave it like that overnight. In the morning, dab the area gently with a cloth dipped in white vinegar. The stain should be gone.
Use Coca-cola to get rid of grease and bloodstains
Getting rid of grease and blood stains is definitely no walk in the park. The whole process can become a bit of a hassle. Next time you run into this problem, just put some coca-cola into your regular wash in the washing machine. It will help to get the stains out.
Get rid of old sweat stains
If you're thinking about getting rid of your favorite t-shirt because you don't seem to be able to get rid of the old sweat stains on it, know that you might be able to save it. Just try squeezing some lemon juice on the stain and let it soak. After a few minutes, wash it as you would regularly.
Use cold water on grass stains
If you have kids or you yourself are really into outdoor sports, you'll probably know a thing or two about grass stains and especially how hard it is to get rid of them. Next time, pre-treat the stain by washing it with cold water before you apply a stain removal product on it. Then just wash it as you would normally.
Use Oxy-Clean on baby food stains
Babies can make a really big mess eating. If you're trying to get rid of baby food stains, try first scrapping off the dried baby food. Then soak it in a mixture of 1 tablespoon ammonia, 1-quart lukewarm water, and a little squirt of liquid dish soap. Rub the stain gently from the back, and soak it in Oxy-Clean for 30 minutes or until it's gone. Then just wash it normally.
Use hairspray on ink stains
If you've been battling with an ink stain, here's a solution that might help. Take a piece of fabric first and put it between the front and the back of the clothing. This will help prevent it from bleeding into the other side. Then put hairspray abundantly on the ink stain and blot with a piece of cloth and wash as you normally would.
Salty water helps to get rid of period stains
Sometimes the period can come when you least expect it, so you may have had to deal with underwear stains before. If it happens again, rinse the stain with cold water and put a paste made out of salt and water on it. Scrub the salt into the stain and wash it again with some cold water.
White wine on red wine stains
What if we told you that one of the best ways to get rid of red wine stains is actually by pouring more wine on it? Sounds strange, right? But the truth is that white wine actually neutralizes red wine, helping to get rid of it. All you have to do next is to wash it normally.
Egg yolk can help to get rid of coffee stains
You've got to be careful with coffee! Not just because too much can be bad for you, but also because of its terrible stains. If you're looking to get rid of one, mix an egg yolk with a few drops of warm water and alcohol. Apply it on the stain with a sponge and let it soak for a couple of minutes before rinsing.
Erase ink stains on walls with hairspray
Have you got a couple of little kids at home that has been showing off their art skills on your walls? Well, there's an easy way to create a new blank canvas for them. To erase ink stains from walls all you have to do is to apply a heavy dose of hairspray on them and wipe it clean with a paper towel.
Get rid of oil stains with baking soda
Oil is one of the most challenging stains to get out of carpets, but there's a special ingredient that can help you succeed in this task. Apply baking soda on the oil stain and let it sit until it absorbs it and forms a kind of dry crust. After you vacuum that crust, it will leave you with a lighter stain which you can dab with hot water.
Remove red wine stains with gin
Here's another hack to remove alcohol stains by applying more alcohol on it. If you happen to spill some red wine over your carpet (who hasn't at some point), just get some gin, apply it on the stain and quickly dab it with a dry cloth. Repeat this a few times until it disappears.
Make old sweat stains disappear with lemon and baking soda
All you have to do to get rid of old sweat stains on shirts is to take some freshly squeezed lemon juice or lemon concentrate and apply it directly to the stain. If the stain has been there for quite a while now and it's proving to be a challenge, just create a paste out of baking soda and water and let it soak for an hour before you wash it.
Eliminate urine stains with baking soda
If you happen to run into a urine stain, make sure to blot up as much of the urine as you can first. Then sprinkle some baking soda on it. After a few minutes, brush it and then scrub it with a carpet cleaner or some diluted laundry detergent if it's a mattress. Sprinkle a lit bit more of baking soda on it and let it sit for a few hours before you vacuum it.
Get rid of nail polish stains with alcohol
Rubbing alcohol on carpets may not be the best idea, as it may lead to bleaching, but there's no problem when it comes to using any type of clear rubbing alcohol like nail polish remover. If you happen to drop some nail polish on your carpet, just let it dry and remove as much as you can with a blunt tool. Then just dab it with a paper cloth with nail polish remover until it is completely dissolved.
How to remove berries stains
Take the stained fabric and put it facing down on a paper towel. Then do a pre-treatment on the stain by rubbing some liquid laundry detergent or some stain remover on it. Rinse, and then soak it in a mix of lukewarm water with all-fabric bleach for 30 minutes. Rinse again. If the fabric is white, soak it in the bleach solution for 15 minutes. Then just rinse and wash it normally.
Remove foundation stains with baking soda
Getting rid of foundation stains can be a bit of a challenge at times, but nothing that a little bit of baking soda can't help. Next time you get some foundation on a shirt, just absorb any excess with a paper towel and sprinkle some baking soda over the stains. Get a wet toothbrush and scrub the stain until it's gone.
Use hairspray to remove lipstick stains
Here is another makeup stain that can be hard to remove: lipstick. If you happen to run into a lipstick stain, just get some good old hairspray and spray the stain with it. Let it sit for a few minutes and then dab it away. The final step is to wash it normally.
Remove coffee or tea stains with white vinegar
So you got a little distracted and accidentally poured some tea or coffee over you. Worry not. All you need to solve this is some white vinegar. Before washing the clothing as you normally would, just pour some white vinegar on the stain.
How to eliminate chocolate stains
If you happen to drop some chocolate on your favorite shirt try following these steps: first pick up as much of the chocolate as you can, then, just rinse the clothing well with cold water. Add a little bit on laundry detergent and rub it in the stain. Let it soak for half an hour before washing it as normal.
Remove ketchup stains
Turn the ketchup stain down on a paper towel. Pre-treat it by rubbing it with liquid laundry detergent or some stain remover. Rinse and let it soal in a mix of lukewarm water with all-fabric bleach for 30 minutes (or 15 minutes if the item is white). Rinse again and just wash it as you usually would.
An eco-friendly carpet cleaner recipe
If you're looking to clean your carpets while still doing your part when it comes to protecting the environment, you can try this homemade carpet-cleaner recipe. Mix 3/4 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide with 1/4 cup white vinegar, 5 drops of essential oils, 2 tablespoons dish soap, 2 tablespoons of fabric softener, and one gallon of hot water.
Eliminate red wine stains with dish soap
This hack works better on wet stains, but it can also be used on dry ones. Mix some hydrogen peroxide with dish soap and use a clean cloth to dab the stain with the mixture. Just let it sit for a while and then spray a cold and soapy solution over the stain. Use a dry cloth to dry it and then rinse with some warm water.
How to remove curry stains from clothing
So you love Indian food, but do you also love the stains curry can leave on your clothes? We didn't think so. To get rid of them, just slice a lemon in half, squeeze it onto the stain and let it soak for about half an hour. Then just wash it as you normally would.
Remove pollen stains with sticky tape
If you happen to get your clothes stained with pollen, take some sticky tape and put it over the pollen. It should come out easily, as long as you haven't brushed it already. Other methods include using styrofoam or a pipe cleaner.
How to remove ink pen stains
Facedown the ink pen stain on a paper towel. Blot it with a sponge or a cloth soaked in alcohol. It should work. If the stain is still there, spray it with some hairspray and rub it from the back. Then just rinse and wash as you normally would.
Get rid of mustard stains
Just like in the previous stain, face the mustard stain down on a paper towel. Pre-treat it by rubbing some liquid laundry detergent or stain remover on it. Rinse and then let it soak in a mix of lukewarm water and all-fabric bleach for 30 minutes (or 15 minutes if the clothing is white). Rinse again and wash normally.
Use shaving cream on dirt stains
No carpet is free from the eventual dirt stain, which can be a bit of a hassle to get rid of. Luckily there's shaving cream to give you a hand. Any kind will do, really. Just put some of it over the stain and let it sit for a while before rinsing it.
Remove gum with some ice
If there's one thing you don't want around your carpets or clothes is gum. Although it seems almost impossible to get rid of gum from fiber, a bit of ice can actually do the trick. If the gum is still soft, you'll need to harden it. Get an ice cube and put it over the gum for half a minute. Then you can just scrape it off with a spoon.
There you go, 30 hacks that will save you a lot of unnecessary headaches in the future. Did you know any of these tricks? Which ones have you already used? Let us know all about it in the comments section and don't forget to share the article!