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How To Remove Common Household Stains

Stains are a part of a mother’s life. Children can’t help scraping their knee, getting grass stains, and spilling their food. If you have pets, you have double the trouble. Pets drag in dirt and a lingering odor. Removing stains doesn’t have to be tricky. Here is a list of common stains (caused by kids, pets, and of course sometimes parents) and how to remove them with ease:

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1.    Blood- (this tip is pretty cool) Soak the stain with the person’s own saliva. There is an enzyme in saliva that breaks down and removes the stain. Rinse the garment in cold water, then sprinkle with salt. Treat with a stain remover if stain persists and wash.

2.    Chocolate- Gently scrape off excess chocolate, spray with diluted dishwashing soap. Use a pre-wash stain remover to remove remaining resides before washing.

3.    Gum- Use ice to freeze the gum. Scrape or crack off as much as you can. Treat with a stain remover and wash.

4.    Grass- Soak the stain with warm water and vinegar or water and rubbing alcohol.  Rub or brush the stained area. Spray with stain remover before washing.

5.    Crayon- (this is one I learned when I worked as a teacher) If the stain is on clothing you should press the stain between clean paper towels or tissue paper. Using an iron set on warm, iron over the stain and you should see the stain transfer over to the paper. Treat with a pre-wash stain remover.  Sometimes children think the world is their canvas. If your kids draw on your walls, pour dry-cleaning liquid on a rag and rub the crayon marks off.

6.    Coffee- Sprinkle a wet rag with baking soda and gently, but quickly, rub the stained area. Spray with a stain remover if stain is still visible and wash.  If the coffee spills on carpet, blot the area using diluted dishwashing soap. Using a rag mix warm water with vinegar and continue cleaning the area.

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7.    Sauces- Scrape off any leftover sauce. Spray the area with diluted dishwashing soap. Soak in lukewarm water. Treat with a pre-wash stain remover and wash.

8.    Pet stains and Odors- Pets can be unruly in this area. Accidents happen. Pet urine stains and their odors can be difficult to deal with.  To defuse the odors sprinkle baking soda on the area and let it sit overnight or as long as possible. Sweep or vacuum the powder. When you see an accident happen, soak up the urine with paper towels. Thoroughly clean the area with diluted dishwashing soap. Follow up with a mixture of vinegar and warm water.

If you are in a bind and need super quick solutions always try:

Baby wipes –they can work wonders on stains instantly when you are on the go.

Tide to Go- I always keep a stick in my diaper bag or purse for those tiny salad dressing spots.

Club Soda – Dab a little on the stain and it most often will help absorb the spot.

Tide Stain Brain iPhone and iTouch Appof course there is an app for your iPhone! Tide Stain Brain lets you search stains by name or category. Users can also submit their own solutions for stains.

It’s inevitable; these things are going to happen. Messes have to be tackled daily by busy moms.  Accidents occur no matter how careful we may be.  Just remember that stains don’t have to be permanent. Hopefully you can tackle your stain dilemmas more confidently now.

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