11 Unusual Techniques of Removing Stains at Home

How to easily remove stains with ingredients we use every day at home

How many times have you faced this issue? Your sofa looks neglected, the mattress is stained and you can not wear your favourite blouse because of this ugly spot?  With our daily routine stains on upholstery, curtains, carpet or clothing are inevitable. We will give you some ideas how you can clean different stains without using aggressive cleaning products. You can find most of these harmful ingredients in almost every house.

1. Artificial sweetener for cleaning stains from grease

If during dinner you happen to stain your sofa, a dining chair or sprinkle the kitchen while cooking with hot grease, you can use artificial sweetener. The ingredient must be as a powder and the stain is rapidly absorbed from food or liquid. Brush the powder and if necessary use more until all the liquid is absorbed. Instead of this ingredient, you can use any spices in powder form, particularly accessible like salt and baking soda.

2. Club soda for cleaning coffee and tea stains

It is so simple and efficient way of treating coffee or tea stains. Pour some club soda on the stained fabric and blot until the stain is completely gone. This technique is suitable for cleaning coffee stains from carpets and upholstered furniture.

3. Milk for cleaning stains from coloured fabrics

You can use milk to remove ink stains from fabrics, especially if they are coloured and you cannot use bleach. Soak the fabric in milk for a few hours and then launder it in the washing machine as usual.

4. White wine for cleaning stains from red wine

Red wine stains are very unpleasant but you can successfully treat them with white wine. Just pour white wine on the area and then rub with baking soda.

5. Shampoo for cleaning stains from grease

Ordinary shampoo can wash greasy stains from fabric, which is very practical for upholstery and rugs that can be washed in a washing machine. Rub the fabric with a brush (an old toothbrush works as well) and shampoo, leave few minutes and clean with a cloth. Do not leave the upholstery wet, dry it with a soft cloth or with a hairdryer, and if possible leave in the sun after you clean. From our experience, we know that the ventilation and the air flow of the room are crucial for the complete drying process for all types of upholstery, carpets or rugs and leaving them refreshed and smelling nice after the cleaning process.
The shampoo is the solution for cleaning the inside of a shirt collar too. Gently rub the collar with a shampoo and an old toothbrush, and then wash as usual.

6. Hairspray for cleaning residue from drawings

If you have small children and they have left you a beautiful drawing on your light colour upholstery or the curtains, you can easily repair the damage with hairspray. Spray the stain with hairspray so the stain cannot penetrate into the fabric, after that soak and wash the fabric as usual.

7. Toothpaste for cleaning ink stains

The toothpaste can clean ink stains from certain fabrics, so you can try it by rubbing the spot with toothpaste and an old toothbrush. Rub well with a brush and rinse thoroughly with water. Some people claim that toothpaste can remove almost all stains from upholstery fabric and carpet, but it should be ordinary, not a gel or with granules one. Furthermore, you can also clean the crayon scribblings on the walls, left from your kids.

8. Bread for cleaning stains from lipstick and for absorbing fluids

Remove the crust of a bread slice and press the middle into a ball. It allows you to treat stains on fabrics and absorb the fluids from them and not allowing their penetration deep into the fabric. Rub the soiled parts with the bread ball like a rubber, then soak and wash in a washing machine. You can also try to remove remains from lipstick on woollen fabrics, which are usually cleaned in dry cleaners.

9. Shaving cream for cleaning stains from tomato juice, make-up powder

With a little bit of shaving cream, but not a gel one, you can remove stains of tomato juice on the upholstery fabric and carpet. Rub the foam on the stain and allow it to dry before running the fabric in the laundry. If the stain is on the carpet and you cannot wash it in the washing machine, use a damp cloth to clean the remaining. Do not forget to ensure good ventilation of the room. You can use the shaving cream also for cleaning efficiently traces from make-up powder.

10. Coke for cleaning blood stains

Coca -cola is considered as a good ingredient for removing stains of blood from fabrics. Except for rust removal, the ingredients in the drink can also remove blood. All you need to do is to soak the fabric for few hours in it. Then you can rinse it well; wash it into the washing machine or by hand. If the blood is overlaid can still be soaked, and then wash as usual.

11. Acetone based nail polish remover for cleaning lipstick stains and glue residue from glass and metal surfaces

Lipstick can easily stain clothing. Just because the ingredients of the different lipsticks are not the same, there is no universal way of cleaning such stains. If the fabric is white you can apply acetone based nail polish remover. Be careful because the acetone can be harmful to coloured fabrics and even though on white ones, first test it on some invisible spots before you treat the lipstick one.
Acetone is the perfect helper for removing glue from glass or metal objects. We all know how annoying is to take off the price of an item or a sticker and the unpleasant glue residues that they leave. Just soak a cotton ball in acetone, wipe the area and all is gone.
Simply perfect!

Finally, always check the label of your fabrics or instructions on your furniture or items as some of the stain removal techniques may lead to damages if not used properly and you may end up ruing them instead of fixing the issue.

In Conclusion

Exploring unusual techniques for removing stains at home can be both effective and eco-friendly. Methods such as using baking soda, white wine, coke, and even household items like milk and bread, demonstrate that innovative solutions often lie within easy reach. These unconventional approaches not only help tackle stubborn stains but also minimise the reliance on harsh chemicals, promoting a healthier home environment. Embracing these inventive strategies allows you to efficiently manage stains while being kind to both your wallet and the planet.

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