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Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 4/29/2018

There is nothing worse than just getting a fresh shirt out of the laundry and then spilling something on yourself. The same feeling applies to your nice clean carpets. The good news is that instead of running to the dry cleaners or tossing your piece of clothing in the trash, there’s a few different household cleaners that actually remove stains quite well. You’ll have your clothes back to a like-new condition in no time. Just take a look at these common stains and their simple removal solutions below for a complete stain kit.

Red Wine Stains

A glass of red wine can be highly enjoyable. A red wine stain is not so great. To get out a red wine stain you’ll need the following:

  • Vinegar
  • Eyedropper
  • Salt

First, you should cover the stain with salt. Then, pour boiling hot water over the stain. Use vinegar in an eyedropper to apply to any of the remaining stain on the clothing or carpet. Let sit. Then, launder or wash the affected material.          

Coffee Or Tea Stains

To remove coffee and tea stains, you’ll need:

  • Stain remover or bleach
  • Cold water

Getting out a coffee stain is actually a bit simpler than you may have thought. First, you should treat the stain with a stain remover stick or bleach. Be careful with these items on certain materials. You’ll want to check for colorfastness to make sure that you don’t completely ruin any material using these chemicals. Once you treat the stain, leave the item to soak with cold water for at least 30 minutes. Then, pre-treat the stain again if it still remains before you launder it. Your carpet should be thoroughly washed out as well. You should avoid using bleach on carpets to avoid further staining in case it is a sensitive material.    

Grease Stains

To remove grease stains, you’ll need just a couple of simple items:

  • Dish soap
  • Hot water

Treat the grease stain with some dish soap, and let it sit for a few minutes. You’ll then want to launder the item in hot water in order to finish getting the stain out. 

Juice Stains

To treat juice stains, you’ll need:

  • Vinegar
  • Cold water

Let the stain soak in cold water. Then, apply vinegar to the stain. Let the vinegar sit and work its way through the stain, making magic happen. Then, launder the items that have been stained. They should come back like new! 

Chocolate Stains

Getting out a chocolate stain is also fairly simple. First, you should scrape any remaining chocolate off of the item that has been stained. Next, apply some stain remover to the affected area. Finally, just wash and rinse the item or affected area and let dry.

Stain removal isn’t too much of a headache when you have these common items around the house!

Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 10/15/2017

Keeping your home clean shows that you care about where you live. Despite your best efforts,without realizing it, while doing deep cleanings, you may use household cleaners that could be hazardous to your health. Many of these products have safety labels on them. You could save yourself and your family a visit to an emergency room simply by reading and following the usage directions on the container.

Clean your home safely

Other household cleaners may be products that you have used for years. The cleaners may have been used in your family for generations. But, that doesn’t mean that the products are always safe. In fact, hazards associated with products that you may use while cleaning your home range from minor to acute.

  • Acidic products and bleaches should be used while wearing gloves. Household cleaners made with corrosive chemicals should also be used while wearing gloves.
  • Bleach based household cleaners can be harmful to young lungs and skin. Open windows when using these products. Leave the room and get some fresh air if you start to feel congested or a burning sensation in your eyes or lungs.
  • Strong fragrances or scents in household cleaning products can irritate your respiratory system. Companies that make cleaning products don’t always reveal all the chemicals in their products. Pay attention to how you feel when using certain household products. Stop using products if you start to feel ill.
  • Products that contain chemicals like nitrites,carcinogens and diethanolamines could take years to show their effects. However,long term effects of these cleaners could help to create acute or chronic illnesses.
  • Steel scrubbers can chip, cut and damage your hands. Wear gloves when scrubbing with steel scrubs. Change the gloves if the scrubs start to tear the gloves. To protect your hands, also toss steel scrubs in the trash when the scrubs start to break down. Hard cleaning agents can speed up the breakdown of steel scrubs.

Plant based household cleaning products may be safer. Avoid mixing cleaners as a chemical in one cleaner could become toxic if combined with a chemical in another cleaner. As often as it is said, it is worth repeating – keep household cleaners (even if you deem them to be safe) out of the reach of children.

Teach children not to open the tops on products. Also, ensure cleaners that you bring into your home have a childproof cap or seal on them. When using cleaners, wipe appliances, counter tops and other areas dry before leaving the area. You may even decide to do heavy cleanings while your children are visiting relatives or outside playing.

Fresh scents can masks corrosive and other harmful chemicals in household cleaners. Before using products, including household cleaners that you’ve used for years, read safety warnings on the labeling. Open doors and windows as needed and take breaks between cleanings to avoid inhaling too much of any cleaner at once.Consult your physician if you or your child becomes ill after coming into contact with a household cleaner.