Stain removal tips using products we already have at home

We all know the frustrations of trying to deal with stains. After raising 4 kids through childhood and adolescence, I know all about the trouble they can find themselves in and the messes that can result. Not to mention things like cocktail party mishaps, indoor/outdoor pet disasters, and just general clumsiness! When I was involved in heavy stain-fighting, the internet wasn’t around, or at least, it hadn’t become the vast resource of information that it is today. I had to develop my own tips and tricks, and today, I’ve decided to share my more successful secrets with you!

I’m guilty of indulging in both beverages – Coffee in my 20s and 30s, and Tea more recently. I’ve spilled both due to my own clumsiness, but fortunately, I’ve figured out the best way to get both of them out!

Coffee Stain Removal: The answer is easier than most people think, and regrettably, I have no cool secret special ingredients like cinnamon or olive oil. The trick is simply to soak in cool water, and then dab it with a liquid laundry detergent. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary. Bam, coffee gone!

Tea Stain Removal: I’m thrilled to report that I do have a cool secret ingredient – Lime juice! Start by rinsing the stained area with cold water, then apply a reasonable amount of pure concentrated lime juice. Let that soak in for a few minutes, and then rinse again with cold water. Sidenote: A girlfriend of mine recommended using salt, as well, saying it worked miraculously with her. I’ve never had any problems with the lime method, but If you’ve got a real tough case, salt may be the answer!

red wine stain removal

Red Wine Stain Removal

People don’t realize how easy red wine is to handle – the trick is that you have to be fast. Simply add white wine to the red wine, and the two counteract each other and you’re left with a clean, stain-free rug!

If the spill is excessive, add salt as well as white wine, and dab with paper towels (dab, don’t rub!). That stain will be gone in no time!

Chocolate Stain Removal

I’d like to be able to say that this was one I could blame on the kids, but admittedly, I’m the choco-lover that’s had problems with chocolate stains.

The solution, however, is quite simple. Remove as much of the excess chocolate as you can, and then employ the secret weapon: Club Soda! Soak a hearty amount into a sponge and blot away until the chocolate has disappeared!

How to Remove Crayons Stain

We know that the little ones can commit a lot of mischief, and the crayon drawing on the wall is a classic situation parents can find themselves in.

Baking Soda is your best friend. It sounds bizarre, but whip out the Arm & Hammer, apply generously to a damp cloth, and rub your way into success! In my experience, it doesn’t take that much effort (you won’t be rubbing and scrubbing all day) to get out even extravagant crayon murals.

Acrylic Paint Stain Removal

The kids are guilty of this one. I used to encourage a lot of arts n’ crafts when they were growing up, and an inevitable and unfortunate consequence is that debris from their art often gets everywhere, specifically on their clothes.

This being in the 70s and 80s, hairspray was a much more popular hair styling product than it is today, and I don’t know what inspired me to try this, but spraying a generous amount of hairspray into the fabric and scraping away with something (I used a plastic knife, but anything that’s stiff and won’t rip the fabric would work!) works marvelously!

How to Remove Peanut Butter Stains

Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches were a staple of the past. These days, you hardly ever catch wind of them, but they were all the rage back in the old-school. And, of course, when you’re dealing with something like peanut butter, it’s  bound to get around. The solution is interesting:  Soda! I’ve used Coca-Cola to success, because it’s what I had on hand, but I’d imagine any kind of acidic carbonated beverage would work. Apply soda generously, rub out with fingers, repeat as necessary, rinse finally with water! So, those are my 6 tips for the moment. Many years of experience has led to many accidents and stains, but these 6 tips strike me as the most memorable, and the most useful for my readers. Perhaps when inspiration strikes again, I’ll find myself writing up a new set of tips, but until then, happy stain-fighting!

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