stains http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7755/all en-US Here's How You Remove Stains From Almost Anything http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-you-remove-stains-from-almost-anything <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-you-remove-stains-from-almost-anything" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000014379081_Large.jpg" alt="red wine glass" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've become somewhat of a stain-fighting ninja in the last three years. There are a lot of great things that go along with having kids, but there also are lot of spills and stains. In fact, as I type this article, I'm staring down at some blueberry my kid just smeared on my shirt cuff. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt?ref=seealso">6 Secret Homemade Stain Removers That Kick Butt</a>)</p> <p>So ancient ninja code dictates that I now share some of that stain-kicking knowledge with you.</p> <h2>1. Cotton</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xJgAfPvRYDQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Splatters on your white cotton shirt got you down? The number one tip here is to attack the stain ASAP &mdash; before you toss it in the laundry. Blot oil stains with a clean cloth before covering with baking soda for a half hour before brushing off. Wine gives way to salt and cold water. Coffee and other stains flush away with a generous amount of white vinegar. It's also a good idea to use a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=pre%20wash%20stain%20bar&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apre%20wash%20stain%20bar&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=TKQLCI2AEI5TOBEI">pre-wash stain bar</a> to the area before laundering with like-colors.</p> <h2>2. Silk</h2> <p>So, full disclosure: I don't wear silk anymore. But those of you who do might like to know that gross oil stains clean up easily with a <a href="http://www.glamour.com/fashion/blogs/dressed/2014/04/silk-dress-got-a-major-oil-sta">sprinkle of baby powder</a> if you let it sit for around 30 minutes. And if you don't have powder on hand, you can try some Splenda or Sweet 'n Low in its place. Try those techniques before heading to the dry cleaner. For red wine, skip the club soda and <a href="http://laundry.about.com/u/sty/laundryproblems/Your-Laundry-Questions-And-Answers/How-to-Remove-Red-Wine-from-a-Silk-Blouse.htm">soak for eight hours</a> in OxiClean and water. Repeat as necessary. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips?ref=seealso">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a>)</p> <h2>3. Leather</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5xGnSCponJo?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Whether it's on a couch or purse, leather is extremely susceptible to marks of all sorts. The good news is that most of these stains clean up easily with soapy water and leather cleaner. You can purchase the cleaner at leather stores for around $7-$10. Otherwise, you spritz the water, squeeze the cleaner, and then gently buff with the back side of a scrubbing sponge. You can revitalize dry or cracked leather by using a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IS3HV0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003IS3HV0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RJ6JYQNWNINNRC7I">leather conditioner</a> that will last you years.</p> <h2>4. Wool</h2> <p>My mom's trick for removing stains from wool items (sweaters, scarves, hats, etc.) is to get at the culprit as soon as possible. Remove whatever is on your item and then mix together some vinegar and wool cleaner in a 1:1 ratio. Soak the area and blot inward to prevent the stain from spreading beyond its borders.</p> <h2>5. Microfiber</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/miFR5xWnafI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>We bought a microfiber chair thinking it would stand up to kids better than other materials. Wrong. It gets just as stained as anything else. To clean it, you first want to see what type of material it's made from by checking the tag. Some require water while others need solvents. Water is a no-brainer, but using solvents can be confusing. You can actually use rubbing alcohol in place of anything specific for cleaning microfiber. Spritz onto the material, wipe with a cloth &mdash; paying attention to particularly stained areas &mdash; and let air dry.</p> <h2>6. Car Interior</h2> <p>Ah, yes. Stains aren't confined to clothing and living spaces alone. The back seat of our vehicle takes a daily beating &mdash; but not to worry. I actually clean my car interior with a 1:1 ratio mix of water and vinegar. For hardened messes, I use a tooth brush to scour. If that doesn't cut it, I also use a mix of water and castile soap to power in, rinse, and repeat as necessary.</p> <h2>7. Carpet</h2> <p>Most carpet stains from food respond to a good stain soaking. Start off with dunking a cloth into a solution that's <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/cleaning-stain-removal/carpet-stain-solutions">&frac14; teaspoon of dish detergent</a> and one cup of lukewarm water. Blot the carpet stain and let rest for 15 minutes. Then repeat this process, but with a mix of one cup vinegar with two cups water. Let sit again before finishing off with plain water. Continue cycle until the stain is gone. The vinegar should take care of pet odors as well.</p> <p><em>How do you remove tough stains? Share your tips in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-you-remove-stains-from-almost-anything">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money">Household Cleaning Hacks That Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt">6 Secret Homemade Stain Removers That Kick Butt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fall-cleaning-101-the-spic-and-span-basics-of-making-your-home-sparkle">Fall Cleaning 101: The Spic-and-Span Basics of Making Your Home Sparkle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-militarys-four-step-plan-to-keeping-your-place-clean">The Military&#039;s Four-Step Plan to Keeping Your Place Clean</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Home cleaning stain removal stains Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1302531 at http://www.wisebread.com Household Cleaning Hacks That Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4924887069_d3d21d8a42_z.jpg" alt="scrubbing floor" title="scrubbing floor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="157" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here is an assortment of ways to get more bang for your cleaning buck and efforts. From making your own cleaning solutions to ensuring your appliances are working optimally, most of the techniques below can be used with what you already have on hand. Why not give them a try?</p> <h2>Appliance Maintenance: Dusty Refrigerators</h2> <p>Your fridge is a pig on <a title="The Cost of Standby Power" href="http://www.wisebread.com/hands-in-your-pocket-the-cost-of-standby-power-environmental-and-otherwise">power</a> and the worst offender in your house. But many fridges are not running optimally to begin with, and you can fix this quite easily.</p> <p>The coils behind the fridge tend to attract dust, which in turn insulates the coil, making it work harder to actually cool the fridge. The remedy? Unplug the fridge, pull it away from the wall, and vacuum the dust off all the coils. Doing this once per season will save you on power costs. (See also: <a title="7 Ways to Make the Most of a Tiny Kitchen" href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-the-most-of-a-tiny-kitchen">7 Ways to Make the Most of a Tiny Kitchen</a>)</p> <h2>Appliance Use: Ironing Efficiency</h2> <p>Run your iron over a sheet of aluminum foil to clean the plate. Then, place the foil under your ironing surface and iron your clothes as usual. The foil acts as a conductor, allowing you to iron from the top and bottom simultaneously.</p> <h2>Natural Air Freshener</h2> <p>Simply dip a cotton ball in an essential oil of your choice and add it to your vacuum bag. Instead of smelling that vacuum odor when you clean, the cotton ball will infuse the air with a light scent. (This technique won't work in all vacuum cleaners; it depends on the kind you have.)</p> <h2>Remove Floor Scratches</h2> <p>Don't worry about spending a small fortune on special scratch remover; simply apply lemon juice and olive oil to your scratch and buff it away. This mixture also makes a good overall furniture polish.</p> <p><em>Word of caution: Always test out on a small patch of floor or furniture first.</em></p> <h2>Homemade Stain Remover</h2> <p>This is a pre-treatment for tough stains on clothes. Make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda. Massage into the stain, then wash as usual. (Again, it's not a bad idea to test this out first, as the lemon juice could affect bright colors.)</p> <h2>Homemade Laundry Detergent</h2> <p>I don't like the chemicals in most detergents. (I say if you can't pronounce it, it's probably not good to eat or wash with.) Not only that, but many commercial detergents require a much higher dose than is necessary. Here are <a title="laundry detergent recipes" href="http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/">10 Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipes</a>, and you can choose the one you think will work best based on what you have on hand. The basic ingredients are a combination of washing soda, baking soda, bar soap, and/or borax.</p> <h2>Tea and Coffee Stains</h2> <p>Salt is a great abrasive that can lift ingrained coffee and tea stains quite easily.</p> <p><strong>Cups and Mugs:</strong> Simply apply salt and rub into the stain with your fingers. If you are afraid the salt will scratch your cup, then dilute it with a little water and scrub the stains with a soft pad.</p> <p><strong>Coffee Pots and Coffee Percolators:</strong> Fill the pot or percolator with water, add a &frac14; cup of salt, and boil or percolate as usual. Pour out the salt water near your garden to <a title="Homemade Mosquito and Insect Traps and Repellent" href="http://www.wisebread.com/pesky-pests-easy-homemade-mosquito-and-insect-traps-and-repellent">repel pests</a>. During winter months, reuse the salt water to wash the insides of your windows to prevent frost. (This is also great for the car, and <a title="30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace" href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">vinegar</a> also works well for this purpose.)</p> <p>Over to you: What are your special household cleaning hacks that save you money?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt">6 Secret Homemade Stain Removers That Kick Butt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/does-more-detergent-make-for-more-clean">Does More Detergent Make for More Clean?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Home cleaning detergent laundry remedies stains Vinegar Fri, 14 Aug 2009 16:00:10 +0000 Nora Dunn 3498 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4977993223_d48cf80bb0_z.jpg" alt="clothes" title="clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With everyone trying to stretch their dollars further these days, it makes sense to take care of the things we have, rather than buy replacements. This goes for clothing as much as anything else we own and use on a daily basis.</p> <p>As a reformed clothes-horse, I struggle to prevent myself from shopping for new duds on a daily basis. These are ways I've found that have helped me hang on to clothes I already have. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/to-buy-or-not-to-buy-criteria-for-thrift-store-clothes-shopping">To Buy or Not to Buy? Criteria for Thrift-Store Clothes Shopping</a>)</p> <h2>1. Know Thyself</h2> <p>The first step in maintaining a wardrobe is to be aware of your cleaning limits and your clothing habits.</p> <p>If you can't afford to dry clean clothing, don't buy dry-clean-only clothes. If you despise ironing and avoid it with all your might, don't build your wardrobe around French cuff shirts or blouses that need starching. You'll only regret it later when you can't be bothered with the cost or hassle of upkeep, and you'll either have to get rid of the clothes, or wear them wrinkled.</p> <h2>2. Color Wisely</h2> <p>If you have a habit of spilling coffee down your front, there's no shame in wearing lots of chocolate brown, charcoal gray, and navy blue. Dark colors hide a multitude of clumsy moments.</p> <h2>3. Folding vs. Hanging</h2> <p>Make sure that you don't fold clothes that need to be hung and don't hang clothes that need to be folded. Sweater stretch on the hanger and dress shirts don't do well folded, unless you are an expertly masterful folder of some kind.</p> <h2>4. Dress for The Task at Hand</h2> <p>It can be tempting to simply get messy chores done while wearing whatever it is we wore at work, but that's a fast way to ruin <a title="How to Dress for Success and Still Spend Less" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-dress-for-success-and-still-spend-less">work clothes</a>. There's a reason why moms frequently make a distinction between their kids' &quot;play clothes&quot; and &quot;school clothes.&quot; If tackling a potentially dirty project, don't do it in a dress shirt and slacks. Change into your grubbies before you get muddy. Also, wear an apron while cooking. I've ruined many a lovely dress over a pot of simmering bolognese.</p> <h2>5. Stop Laundering So Often</h2> <p>It's really easy to want to wash an item of clothing after having worn it just once. But washing is the fastest way to help the fibers break down. The fewer times you have to wash, the longer it will last.</p> <p>If you are too lazy to rehang worn (but clean) clothing, it's OK to drape it over surfaces like your dresser or a chair, just as long as you don't drop it on the floor. Once clothes are on the floor, they will HAVE to be washed before being worn again, but a draped shirt will live to see another day of wear.</p> <p>The following items can also help you wear a shirt or a pair of pants more than once before washing:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Tide To Go Pen:</strong> These little pens cost less than $5, last for a long time, and will save your blouse when you manage to drop a dollop of marinara down the front. Coworkers and friends are always wowed by how quickly this trick works to remove stains from fabric. I use a Shout stick stain remover as well, on large stains, but the Tide pen allows you to use the stain treatment without having to wash the clothing item immediately thereafter.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Lint Roller:</strong> Sometimes a pair of black slacks doesn't really need to be washed &mdash; it just needs the cat hair removed from around the cuffs. My white dog really loves to jump on my lap whenever I'm wearing dark colors (it's like he <em>knows</em>), and it's not that he's dirty &mdash; he just sheds like it's going out of style. I have lint rollers in every room of my house, and they keep my slacks looking professional. I also keep one at the office to pick up stray hair and fluff that inevitable lands on my back and shoulders during long days spent scratching my head.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Deodorant:</strong> Your shirts will smell better and stand up to multiple wearings if you yourself don't stink.</li> </ul> <h2>6. Keep All Those Buttons</h2> <p>Every time you buy a new clothing item that comes with spare buttons, immediately put the buttons in a jar or box reserved entirely for buttons and spare thread. It's easy to lose track of these important surplus buttons, and it's one of the fastest ways for a cardigan to become useless.</p> <h2>7. Wash in Cold Water</h2> <p>People who wash their clothing in cold water will notice a drop in their energy bills very quickly. In addition, many fabrics (especially nylon and elastics) hold up better when subjected to less heat. Cold water detergents are designed to remove dirt even without the help of hot water, but even normal detergent will work well. Also, even though I try my hardest to be a stickler for the environment, a good capful of bleach will do amazing things for your whites &mdash; it's almost like having new clothing.</p> <p>[Some parents might note that it is very difficult to remove grass stains from a kid's pants using cold water washes. To this I respond: this is why children should be dressed from head to toe in black. Not only can you imagine that they are little ninjas (or French poets, if they are pouting), but it'll save you the pain of trying to remove all kinds of goobery stains from their clothing. Those of you who would like to note that I am not, in fact, a parent, and don't know what I am talking about, I would just like to say this: you are right. I'm still planning on having black-clad children of my own, no matter what you say about how adorable they look in t-shirts with froggies on them.]</p> <h2>8. Obey the Laws of Color Separation</h2> <p>At the end of a long day, with loads and loads of laundry facing you, it can be tempting to just throw the reds in with the blues, but try to keep like colors washed with like colors. Reds and blues fade easily and everyone knows how one red sock can turn a whole load of whites a light shade of rose. Try your best to keep dissimilar colors apart in the laundry.</p> <h2>9. Zip Up Jeans/Hoodies Before Washing Them</h2> <p>Unzipped zipper edges on pants and hoodies are often very rough, and if left unzipped during the washing and drying cycles, they'll chew up the rest of your clothing in no time! Make sure that all zippers are zipped to the top before tossing them in the wash.</p> <h2>10. Be Considerate of Your Underthings</h2> <p>Don't tumble-dry your over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders. Bras and underwear made of fabrics and fabric blends (especially nylon) besides cotton don't do well in the heat of a dryer. Hang or drape them to <a title="Tips for Air-Drying Clothes" href="http://www.wisebread.com/kilowatts-a-killer-tips-for-air-drying-clothes">air dry</a> instead. And those little mesh bags that your mother used to nag you to use when washing delicate brassieres? They really do help to keep bra straps from wrapping around other clothing while in the wash. Be sure to fasten the bras, too, to prevent hooks from catching on delicate knits or sweaters.</p> <h2>11. Slip into Something New</h2> <p>Consider wearing some of the more traditional underclothes that have fallen out of fashion as of late &mdash; slips, body shapers, and undershirts will both help your clothing drape better over your body, and also protect clothing from sweat stains and friction that can cause wear and tear. I recently spent $70 on a body slimmer by Spanx (I used to buy the cheaper ones called Assets), and not only do I look slimmer, but the darn thing actually helps improve my posture. Also, it keeps my wobbly thighs firmly encased in fabric, which means that the insides of my pants don't wear as quickly because my thighs don't rub together as much.</p> <p>You obviously don't have to spend nearly as much for a cotton undershirt or a silk slip, but these things keep clothing away from your skin, and it doesn't matter if they get stained, since no one else is going to see them. Undershirts, slips, and camisoles can help your clothing last longer.</p> <h2>12. Notice Your Surroundings</h2> <p>Those Aeron chairs, while comfortable, really rub the seat of your pants the wrong way. If you are noticing increased wear on your clothing, look around to see what part of your work or home environment could be contributing to it. The edge of your desk might be wearing down your shirt cuffs. Look for small ways to improve your position so that your clothing isn't taking a beating while you are working.</p> <h2>13. Clean and/or Polish Your Shoes Frequently</h2> <p>Polishing may seem a bit tedious, but frequently wiping down your shoes with a barely-damp cloth with prevent dirt from settling into cracks permanently, and to keep leather from getting too dry (which causes cracking).</p> <h2>14. Don't Wear Dress Shoes While Driving</h2> <p>I've ruined many a pair of dress pumps by doing nothing more than driving &mdash; the back of the heel rubs against my car's floor mats, and before long, my black shoes are spotting fuzzy gray patches on the back where the carpet did its work. I'm not high-class enough to wear driving moccasins, so I just wear sandals or Crocs in the car and put my shoes on once I arrive at the office.</p> <h2>15. Patch Early, Patch Often</h2> <p>Blue jeans are usually the first items of clothing to develop little holes in them. You can patch clothing by buying fabric patches and applying with heat-activated adhesive, sew a cute patch over a tiny hole, or just stitch it up with a little needle and thread.</p> <h2>16. Reinforce Hems</h2> <p>Even cheap clothing can last a long time if you reinforce the hems with a simple stitch on a normal sewing machine. Skirts, pants, even underwear will wear longer and better when the hems are less flimsy. You don't have to be a talented seamstress to hem a pair of pants - anyone can do it with a little practice. In addition, once a shirt's wrists are looking ragged or your slacks are starting to wear at the hem, you can always take them in a bit. Hemlines rise and fall every season, but you can probably safely remove a half-inch from your favorite jeans without anyone noticing. This keeps hems nicer and overall appearance neater.</p> <p>Any reader tips would also be appreciated!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Since having kids I've noticed that my house is full of them. In the carpet, on <a title="16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big" href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">clothes</a>, on furniture, even on my teeth (yes, I had to drink a lot of coffee to keep me awake during those night feeds). But what I hate more than stains is paying $5 for a stain remover that never seems to do what it says on the box. &quot;Surely there are better products I can make at home, using things I already have&quot; I thought. And boy was I right.</p> <p>I spent hours trawling the various expert sites and video libraries trying to find the perfect homemade remedy for each and every stain I wanted to zap into oblivion. My list was a long one but I knew with a little perseverance and a lot of time I could find the solutions. I did, and now I'm sharing them with you. (See also: <a title="14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips" href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a>)</p> <p>I can testify that these have all worked in my household (except #6, you'll see why), but your level of success will depend on your stain and the length of time you've had it. Best of all, most of the simple ingredients needed are almost certainly in your home already, so you won't need to spend an extra dime.</p> <h3>1. Mayo + Cigarette Ash = No More Water Stains</h3> <p>Amazing. This really did work so well. Now, I'm not suggesting you all become smokers, if you need the ash you can collect it from the smoker's room at work or simply buy a small pack and let a few burn down.</p> <p><object height="353" width="425" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/592QTdw3DOg" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="menu" value="false" /> <param name="wmode" value="" /><embed height="353" width="425" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/592QTdw3DOg" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p> <h3>2. The Alka Seltzer Rust Remover</h3> <p>OK, that's probably not a stain if you want to split hairs, but I had some items that were rusted solid. I found out that a simple plop, plop, fizz, fizz was all it took to turn rusty bolts into lightening bolts.</p> <p><object height="360" width="425" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/524908/how_easy_rust_remove_and_stain_jewellery_removal.swf" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="menu" value="false" /> <param name="wmode" value="" /><embed height="360" width="425" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/524908/how_easy_rust_remove_and_stain_jewellery_removal.swf" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p> <h3>3. Carpet Steam-Cleaner</h3> <p>Why spend your hard-earned cash on a SpotBot or even a carpet cleaning product like Tuff Stuff? Just a towel, an iron and a few household items will do the job for you.</p> <p><object height="360" width="425" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/716477/remove_carpet_stains_with_ease.swf" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="menu" value="false" /> <param name="wmode" value="" /><embed height="360" width="425" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/716477/remove_carpet_stains_with_ease.swf" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p> <h3>4. White Wine for Red Wine Stains</h3> <p>I always wondered if that urban legend about white wine zapping red wine was true. Now you can see for yourself.</p> <p><object height="385" width="480"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/68T8kJgxtK4&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="385" width="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/68T8kJgxtK4&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <h3>5. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitener</h3> <p>How much does it cost to whiten your teeth? Anywhere from $5 for those toothpastes that don't work, to several hundred dollars for dental work. This one costs almost nothing and works well, but please, don't leave it on for longer than 20 minutes and do rinse thoroughly. Don't swallow.</p> <p><object height="349" width="425"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-0fClODnLSQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" name="movie" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="349" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-0fClODnLSQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></embed></object></p> <h3>6. Killing Face Stains (Acne) With Baking Soda</h3> <p>Is that a stretch? Yeah, you got me, but I thought it was worth including. Especially as professional acne products can cost hundreds of dollars. This one, I confess, was not tried by myself or my family but a friend. He was very, very happy with the results.</p> <p><object height="385" width="640"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lJcc7BOY8JQ&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="385" width="640" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lJcc7BOY8JQ&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <p>Now you can enjoy a stain-free house and keep your wallet nice and fat. Enjoy.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money">Household Cleaning Hacks That Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-you-remove-stains-from-almost-anything">Here&#039;s How You Remove Stains From Almost Anything</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home baking soda cleaning remedies stains Fri, 07 Sep 2007 04:09:54 +0000 Paul Michael 1117 at http://www.wisebread.com