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Homemade Stain Remover

Step by step advanced treatment recommendations see bottom for spotting solutions.

BLOOD:

  1. Apply cool detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply cool ammonia solution, blot.
  3. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.
  5. If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.
  6. Bleaching with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide may be necessary.

BUTTER AND MARGARINE:

  1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.
  2. Apply detergent solution, blot until dry.
  3. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  4. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

CANDLE WAX:

  1. Scrape away as much wax as possible with spatula or dull knife.
  2. Apply dry cleaning solvent.
  3. Apply POG, blot
  4. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

*Refer to general recommendation for hot iron treatment of wax.

KETCHUP & TOMATO SAUCE:

  1. Apply cool detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  3. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  4. If stain remains, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot dry.

CHOCOLATE:

  1. Scrape away as much as possible with spatula or dull knife.
  2. Apply cool detergent solution, blot.
  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  4. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  5. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  6. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

COFFEE:

  1. Apply detergent solution, blotting frequently.
  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  3. Cover with dry towels until dry.

CRAYON:

  1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent.
  2. Apply POG, blot.
  3. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.
  4. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

FOOD COLORING:

  1. Apply detergent solution, blotting frequently. A dried stain of food coloring will most likely spread when wet. Repeat until color is no longer transferred to towel.
  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

FURNITURE STAIN:

  1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent.
  2. Apply POG, blot.
  3. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.
  4. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

Unfortunately, a furniture stain is nearly impossible to remove completely.

GRASS:

  1. Apply amyl acetate if available to remove chlorophyll, blot.
  2. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  3. Rinse with water, blot.
  4. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  5. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  6. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

Bleaching or professional stripping may be necessary.

INK(Ballpoint):

  1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent.
  2. Apply POG, blot.
  3. If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.

INK (India):

  1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent.
  2. Apply POG, blot.
  3. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.
  4. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  5. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  6. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

JAM & JELLY:

  1. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  3. Rinse with water, blot.
  4. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

LIPSTICK:

  1. Scrape off excess with spatula or dull knife.
  2. Apply POG, blot making sure not to reapply stain into fabric.
  3. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.
  4. Apply detergent, blot.
  5. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  6. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  7. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

Try to avoid wet cleaning on wool.
Use POG and dry-cleaning solvents as long as possible.

MILDEW:

  1. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot.
  4. Apply solution of oxidizing bleach (chlorine or perborate) Do not use chlorine bleach on wool or silk.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

MUD:

  1. Brush or scrape away as much excess mud as possible.
  2. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.
  5. If stain remains, apply POG and dry-cleaning solvent alternately, blot until dry.

MUSTARD:

  1. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  3. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  4. If stain remains, rust remover (Oxalic acid solution) or bleaching may be necessary.

Do not use ammonia or alkalies.

NAIL POLISH:

  1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent.
  2. Apply amyl acetate if available or nail polish remover -PRETEST INCONSPICUOUS AREA FIRST.
  3. If stain remains, apply detergent solution, blot until dry.
  4. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  5. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  6. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

PAINT (Oil based):

  1. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  3. Rinse with water, blot until dry.
  4. Apply POG, blot.
  5. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

PAINT (Water based):

  1. Check label on paint or specific thinner or solvent OR
  2. Apply dry-cleaning solvent.
  3. Apply POG, blot.
  4. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot
  5. Alternate steps 2 and 3 until stain is removed.
  6. If stain persists, weight down the stain with towels dampened with dry-cleaning for several hours to loosen, blot with solvent.
  7. Apply several drops of detergent solution and work into the stain, blot.
  8. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  9. Alternate steps 2 and 3 and 6 until stain is removed.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water, blot until dry.

SHOE POLISH:

  1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent.
  2. Apply POG, blot.
  3. Apply dry-cleaning solution, blot.
  4. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  5. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  6. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.
  7. If stain persists, bleaching or professional stripping may be necessary.

URINE:

  1. Blot as much as possible if still wet.
  2. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot
  4. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.
  6. If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.
  7. Bleaching with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate might be necessary.

Urine stains may cause permanent dye removal from fibers.

VOMIT:

  1. Blot as much as possible.
  2. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  4. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

WINE:

  1. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  4. If necessary, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

(If all else fails, switch to Chardonnay)!!

Spotting Solutions

AMMONIA SOLUTION


Mix one tablespoon of clean household ammonia with one-half cup of water.

BLEACH -

Use hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate (present in Snowy or Clorox II).

DO NOT use chlorine bleach.

DETERGENT SOLUTION -

Mix one teaspoonful of a colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in a cup of lukewarm water.

DRY-CLEANING SOLVENT -

Volatile dry spotter or a commercial spotter such as Thoro, Carbona, Energize, K2R. Use in small amounts…can be harmful in sizing, backings or stuffing material.

DO NOT use gasoline, lighter fluid or carbon tetrachloride.

POG -

Paint, oil and grease remover; available in hardware stores. Use extremely small amounts with extreme caution!

Borax and Baking Soda

Borax and baking soda are two common ingredients in homemade cleaners, and they provide much of the cleaning power for those solutions. However, both are inorganic substances — they don’t contain carbon — that are not subject to regulation; therefore, you won’t be able to find products that carry the “USDA Organic” seal. Some companies do manufacture these products in accordance with the organic philosophy, and will note as much on the label. Know that borax and baking soda, even from a non-organic producer, are considered harmless to you and the environment.

Bathroom Stains

Never again use harsh chemicals to get rid of ugly mildew stains — simply mix equal parts organic white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, then shake and spray onto the stain. If it doesn’t wipe up immediately, reapply and allow it to soak in for a few minutes before wiping again. If your plastic shower curtain tends to collect hard water stains or mildew, spray it with borax and water once weekly. To clean tough toilet stains, scrub with dry borax, then wipe with a solution of organic vinegar and water with a squirt of a organic vegetable-based liquid soap.

Laundry Stains

For everyday stains, mix 1/4 cup liquid organic laundry detergent with 1/4 cup organic glycerin and 1 1/2 cups water. Spray the stain, then wash the item normally. For especially tough stains like rust, coffee and ketchup, make a solution of equal parts water and organic white vinegar. Soak the stained area with the solution and allow it to sit for a few minutes before laundering. Check the stain before transferring the clothes item to the dryer; if it’s still there, repeat the treatment. Once the clothes go into the dryer, the stain will be heat-set and may be permanent.

Kitchen Stains

For small stains, like spilled wine or tomato sauce on hard surfaces, sprinkle the area with salt and moisten with lemon juice. Let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub until the stain comes clean. For tougher stains on sinks or stove tops, mix 2/3 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup organic vegetable-based liquid soap and enough water to form a paste. Add 2 tablespoons organic white vinegar, apply the paste to the surface and scrub with a scouring sponge or a stiff brush.

Pet Stains

For fresh urine stains on carpet, soak up as much liquid as possible, then sprinkle the area with baking soda. Allow it to sit until the baking soda has soaked up all of the moisture, then vacuum. For urine or vomit stains on hard surfaces, scrub the area with salt or baking soda — coarse salt offers more scrubbing power. Rinse the area with club soda and dry it. Organic milk can help loosen dried blood stains and organic toothpaste makes an effective scrub for tougher stains on hard surfaces.