How to clean up stains with household products

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When red wine spills on a carpet or you get blood on your white shirt, there’s no time to spare – keep these stainbusters in the cleaning closet.

1. Hydrogen peroxide

Not only is hydrogen peroxide a great green cleaning product, it can remove stains like coffee, tea and blood from fabrics. Blot it on the stain, let it activate and bubble for a few seconds and then blot with a paper towel. You may need to repeat to remove as much of the stain as possible, then wash the clothing as usual.

2. Lemon juice

A squeeze of lemon juice will remove rust stains that can get into clothes from working in the garage.

3. Vinegar

White distilled vinegar attacks grass stains in clothing – just rub into the stain, leave for a few minutes and launder as usual.

4. Baking soda

To remove a wet stain from a carpet, make a paste with three parts baking soda to one part water, spread it over the stain, leave it overnight to dry and then vacuum out.

You can also put half a cup of baking soda in your washing machine load to brighten whites and increase the stain-removing power of your detergent.


How to use stain removers

• Apply a stain remover as fast as possible to stop the stain drying or sinking in.

• BUT if the item cannot be easily replaced, test on a hidden area first before trying any new products on it.

• Use a paper towel to dab any excess from the stain (never rub – it will only rub the stain deeper into the fabric)

• Apply the stainbusting product and then let it sit for at least 30 minutes before laundering as usual or dabbing it clean with a wet cloth.


When to use professional dry cleaners

Goldstar Cleaning Services is a depot for Prestige Dry Cleaning – drop off and pick up items at 1591 10th Ave, Fernie.

You need to get an item professionally dry cleaned if:

• You have tried a stain remover, and washed it as normal and the stain is still there.

• The item is fragile or is marked dry clean only.

Get it checked professionally as soon as possible after the stain is caused – the longer you wait, the more likely the stain will not be removable.