Since 1915, about four million household chemicals have been created, according to The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Mair. While many of us favor convenience over just about everything, household cleaning products may be doing more damage than we realize. Not including environmental issues, commercial cleaning products are space-consuming, toxic, and expensive, and they undermine your health. On the other hand, there are plenty of alternative cleaning recipes you can concoct right at home out of everyday household products. Here are some highly effective DIY stain remover recipes you should try:
1. Hydrogen Peroxide as Detergent
Fill a spray bottle with peroxide and water to spray on your clothes before throwing them in the laundry. This mixture is a great spot treatment and bacterial disinfectant. This works especially well in removing those stubborn perspiration stains on white fabrics and bringing other stains to the surface on colored fabrics.
2. Vinegar as a Carpet Stain Remover
Next time your pet leaves you a present on the carpet, don’t use a commercial carpet cleaning product. Instead, this simple mixture of one part white vinegar and one part water can do wonders for removing stains and deodorizing those pet odors that seem to linger on your carpet. First, absorb as much as you can using towels. Then, blot the spot with a damp cloth. Finally spray the spot with the vinegar mixture — you can even add a non-bleach detergent to the water and vinegar mixture on all affected carpet fibers. Finish off by patting the area dry two or three times.
3. Lemon Oil as Wood Stain Remover
Water may cause white rings or black marks on wood. When it is trapped beneath the finish layer, water forms a white ring, which aren’t that difficult to remove. Using a fine steel wool cloth, drench with lemon oil, and rub the white ring away. The lemon oil acts as a lubricant and polisher, while the wool steel cloth buffs out the white rings.
4. Club Soda and Salt as a Stain Remover
Red wine, white furniture and carpet aren’t an ideal combination but the crisis of a spill can be averted using club soda and salt. You have to attack the stain right away — blot the fresh stain to soak up excess liquid. Sprinkle the area liberally with salt and pour club soda (or seltzer water) over the area. Then leave soda and salt on the stain for a few hours, re-blotting the area and vacuuming to remove excess salt. The carbonation in club soda brings the spill to the surface and the salt thwarts staining.
5. Lemon Juice as a Rust Remover
If you’ve ever gotten rust on your clothes, you can attest that it can be a pain to get rid of, especially on white garments. Next time, try dabbing the area with lemon juice, then sprinkling cream of tartar onto the top of the juice. After rubbing the solution into the rust stain, let it sit until the rust diminishes and can be washed off. Throw your garment into the laundry as usual. Lemon juice can also be used as a bleaching alternative.
6. Tea Bags as a Hardwood Floor Cleaner
There are many commercial cleaning products for hardwood floor cleaning and polishing. However, many products are overly expensive and can contain some harmful chemicals. Instead, simply use boiling water and two teabags, which creates a beautiful shine for hardwood floors while still being safe and effective. Let the teabags sit in boiling water for a few minutes. Soak a cloth in the mixture, wringing out excess liquid. Wash your floor with the damp cloth; the tannic acid in tea will create a shiny finish while removing any surface stains.
7. Clean Windows with Vinegar, Water, and Newspaper
Crystal clear windows and mirrors can be accomplished using this simple DIY recipe: mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water and dispense into a spray bottle. Squirt the mixture onto the surface and wipe clean with newspapers, not paper towels, which cause streaking and unwanted residue.
8. DIY Laundry Detergent
Whether you prefer liquid or powdered detergent, there is a homemade recipe for both. For liquid detergents, simply boil a quart of water and add two cups of soap (grated), two cups of Borax, and two cups of washing soda. Dissolve all ingredients and add two gallons of water. You can add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil for a fresh scent, and use about one-fourth cup of detergent for each load of laundry. For powdered detergent, try this formula: mix two cups of finely grated soap with one cup washing soda and one cup of Borax. Store in an airtight container and use two tablespoons for each full load.
Ashley Denton writes on behalf of HomeEquityLoan.net. Original article published: http://www.homeequityloan.net/8-effective-diy-stain-remover-recipes/
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