Natural Laundry Stain Remover Recipes

Natural Laundry Stain Removers Vinegar makes natural laundry stain removal a snap. Learn how to treat your toughest laundry stains with white vinegar and a bit of elbow grease.

 

Blood Stain Remover:

Fast action is the cure for bloodstains. Pour vinegar over the stain, and allow it to soak for fifteen minutes. Then, rinse with cool water, and repeat if necessary. Wash immediately after.

Coffee & Tea Stain Remover:

Flush the area with vinegar to remove the stain. Rinse and repeat as needed. Then, wash as usual.

Crayon Remover:

Rub vinegar into the crayon stain with a brush (an old toothbrush works great). Then, toss in the wash.

Deodorant Stain Remover:

Rub vinegar into the stain until it disappears. Then, launder as usual.

Grass Stain Remover:

Apply vinegar to the stain with a sponge, and lightly dab to lift. If the stain persists, make a paste of vinegar and baking soda, and brush it into the stain with an old toothbrush. Then, wash as usual.

Grease Remover:

Soak the stain in undiluted white vinegar. Then, wash as usual.

Ink Stain Remover:

Apply vinegar to the stain. Then, rub with a paste made of vinegar and baking soda. Let dry. Then, wash.

Iron Scorch Mark Remover:

Soak a rag in vinegar, and use it to dab at the scorched area. Then, blot the stain with a clean rag, and it should lift the stain. Note: It may take more than one application to fully remove the scorch mark.

Mustard Stain Remover:

Apply vinegar to the stain, and allow it to soak in. Then, spot treat with a bit of laundry detergent, and wash.

Rust Remover:

Pour vinegar over the rust stain. Then rub coarse salt into the stain (table salt will work if it’s all you have). Place the garment out in the sun to dry. Then, wash.

Set-In Stain Remover:

Saturate the stain in vinegar. Then, rub with a paste made of vinegar and baking soda. If the stain persists, add a couple tablespoons each of vinegar and laundry detergent to a bucket of water, and soak overnight. Rinse and wash as usual.

Sweat Stain Remover:

Pour vinegar over the sweat stain. Then rub coarse salt into the stain (table salt will work if it’s all you have). Place the garment out in the sun to dry. Then, wash.

Sugar-Based Stain Remover:

Saturate the stain with vinegar. Allow it to soak in. Then, wash.

Tomato Stain Remover:

Saturate the stain with vinegar. Allow it to soak in. Then, wash.

Vomit Stain Remover:

Rinse the garment in cool water to remove as much of the vomit as possible. Then, soak the stain in vinegar, and wash. If stain or odor persists, repeat the process.

Wine Stain Remover:

Saturate the stain in vinegar, and allow to it stand for several minutes. Then, rinse with water, and repeat the process, if needed. Wash immediately after process.

 

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Natural Carpet Cleaner and Deodorizer Recipes

Natural Carpet Cleaners Natural carpet cleaners and deodorizers can easily be made out of household products you may already have in your home. There is no reason to introduce expensive and toxic chemicals into your home, when these homemade and natural alternatives are available.

Carpet Spot Remover

  • Recipe 1: Mix white vinegar and baking soda into a paste. Work the paste into the stain with an old tooth brush. When dry, vacuum up baking soda. Depending on the stain, this process may need to done twice.
  • Recipe 2: Soak spot immediately in club soda and blot until spot is gone.
  • Recipe 3: To remove grease spots, blot up as much liquid as possible then rub a liberal amount of baking soda or corn starch on the spot. Let sit overnight then vacuum in the morning.

Carpet Deodorizer/Freshener

  • Recipe 1: Sprinkle baking soda on carpet, leave on 15 minutes or longer, then vacuum as usual. This will naturally remove pet and other odors from your carpet.
  • Recipe 2: For a fragrant carpet freshener, combine 4 cups baking soda, 35 drops Eucalyptus essential oil, 30 drops Lavender essential oil, and 25 drops Rosewood essential oil (or any combination of essential oils), mix in a bowl breaking up any clumps to disperse the essential oils. Sprinkle mixture on carpet and let sit for at least 15 minutes before vacuuming.

Carpet Steam Cleaner Solution

Fill the carpet cleaner with a mixture containing equal parts of white vinegar and warm water, then clean according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Carpet Cleaner for Pet Accidents

First blot area, then add a solution of white vinegar and water. Blot again until almost dry. Sprinkle baking soda over the area then let dry completely. Vacuum up the baking soda residue the next day.

Indoor / Outdoor Carpet Cleaner

Mix a solution of 1 cup of white vinegar in 1 bucket of warm water. Scrub carpet with a brush or broom then hose off.

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Natural Car Care Recipes

Car Wash Have you ever wanted that collection of different car care products to make your car look show room perfect? That wide variety of car products are not only expensive, but can also be very toxic. Here is a collection of natural car care product recipes you can make yourself, save money and reduce the dangerous chemicals in our environment.

 

Car Wash Solution

Add a couple drops of liquid castile soup (found in health food stores) to a bucket of water and wash with a sponge or soft cloth.

Window Cleaner

Fill clean spray bottle with full strength white vinegar. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then, wipe dry with a piece of newspaper.

Chrome Cleaner

Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Then, spray it on your wheels; and work it in with a sponge or cleaning rag. Note: Vinegar should not be used on aluminum alloys.

Tire Cleaner

Mix baking soda and water together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into the tires with a scrub brush. Let it sit for several minutes. Then, rinse off.

Carpet and Upholstery Stain Remover

Mix white vinegar and baking soda together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into any carpet and upholstery stains with an old toothbrush or something similar. Allow the paste to dry. Then, vacuum up the baking soda, and the stains should be gone. Note: Some stains may need to be treated more than once.

Interior Cleaner

Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, spray it on any vinyl, plastic, wood, or leather surfaces in your car that need cleaning. Allow it to soak in. Then, wipe dry with a clean rag. Note: As with any leather cleaner, you should test on a small area before applying to the entire surface.

Interior Protectant / Dressing

Combine 1 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice in a spray bottle or bowl. Then, use a clean cloth to wipe a small amount of the dressing into the dashboard and any other plastic or vinyl surfaces. Finish by wiping off the excess with another cleaning rag. Note: Do not use on the steering wheel, pedals or any other controls where slipperiness could pose a hazard.

Windshield Washer Fluid

Mix half white vinegar with half water and fill your windshield washer fluid reservoir. The acetic acid in the vinegar dissolves grime, bugs, and sap. It also helps keep windows frost free in the winter.

Car Wax

Combine 1 cup linseed oil, 4 tablespoons carnauba wax (available in automotive stores), 2 tablespoons beeswax, and 1/2 cup vinegar. Put in double boiler or saucepan and heat slowly until wax has melted. Stir and pour into a heat resistant container. After was is solid, rub it on the car with a lint free cloth. Saturate a corner of a cotton rag wiht vinegar and polish the wax to a deep shine.

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Natural Bleach Alternative Recipes

Bleach, although inexpensive, is a toxic chemical that can produce caustic fumes. There are safer alternatives that we can feel more comfortable using in our homes and around our family and pets. These natural bleach alternatives are made from common household items, which you may already have. Here are some recipes that you can try the next time you need to “bleach” something.

To Whiten Clothes

Add a cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to boost the whitening action of your laundry detergent.

To Remove Stains from Clothing

Pour lemon juice over the stain, rub the area with salt, then place the clothing in the sun for a few hours. Wash as usual.

To Remove Stains from Countertops and Other Hard Surfaces

Create a paste of lemon juice and baking soda, apply the mixture to the stain, and allow to sit for a few hours. Wipe clean.

Note: Some stains may require a second treatment.

 

Ultimate Garage Sale Guide

Garage Sale Guide Garage sales are a great way to reduce your household clutter and make some extra cash at the same time. This guide will keep you organized throughout the garage sale planning process and assist you with managing a successful sale.

 

7 days or more before the sale:

  • Gather the items for the sale – Look through your home and garage for all the items you wish to get rid of. This is the time to clean any items that need it, and make sure everything looks good to sale. Children’s items (clothing and toys) are always good sellers, also think about furniture, kitchen items, books, magazines, movies, tools, sporting equipment, etc.
  • Obtain needed permits – Permit requirements vary with location. Check with your local permit department or clerk’s office for your local requirements. If you have a homeowner’s association, you may also need approval from them.
  • Check the weather forecast – If rainy weather is expected, do you have an inside alternative? Consider rescheduling to a different weekend.

 5 – 6 days before the sale:

  • Start pricing – Pricing each item will take some time, so now is the time to start. Put a price on each item so you won’t get stuck negotiating each price the say of the sale. Colored stickers can also be used for either a common price (for instance blue for 50 cents or yellow for $1, or to identify the owner of the item for multiple family sales. Items in “like new” condition can start out at 50% of the new value, and “fair” condition items at 25% of original value; as a rule of thumb.
  • Advertise – If you plan to advertise in a local newspaper, call the newspaper to find out how far in advance they need your ad. You can also advertise online at Craig’s List.

2 – 4 days before the sale:

  • Plan your display strategy – Deciding how to display your items can make or break your sale. It is important for your items to be both attractive from the street and comfortable enough for the browsers to take their time looking at everything. Do you have enough tables for your kitchen items? A rack for hanging clothes? The more you plan now the more relaxed you can be the day of the sale.
  • Curb appeal – People will often make a decision on your sale from the appearance of your home and yard. Does your yard need to be mowed? Any shrubs or bushes need to be trimmed? Does the porch or driveway need to be swept? Small things like this can make a big difference.
  • Gather packaging – Make sure you have enough grocery bags, boxes and old news papers to package the items sold. If you don’t think you have enough, ask your friends or put in a request at freecycle.org.

The day before the sale:

  • Get Change – Obtain plenty of quarters and dollar bills to make change, from the bank. You may want to have $50 – $100 of change on hand, depending on the size of your sale. Place the change in a fanny pack, so you won’t have to worry about keeping an eye on the money the day of the sale.
  • Hang Signs – Hang signs around the neighborhood, as permitted in your area. On the signs make sure to include your address along with start and end times. You may also want to advertise the types of items you may have a lot of, such as furniture or children’s items.
  • Plan tomorrow’s meals – You will be busy the day of the sale. By planning for a quick and easy lunch and dinner for the sale day, you won’t end up wasting some of your earnings on take out.

Sale day:

  • Cluster like items together – Arrange kitchen items together, all the books and magazines together, etc. You may want to have a $1 table or 25 cent table if appropriate.
  • Gather miscellaneous needed items – Gather pens, additional stickers, tape, scissors, and packaging materials you may need and place in a basket or box. This way you will have everything you need in one place, and can work your sale instead of searching for items in the house.
  • Reduce prices as needed – If some items aren’t selling as you thought they would about half way through your sale, consider reducing the price or creating a buy one get one free table (or box).
  • Decide on left over item disposal – Invariably, there will be items left over after your sale. Decide how you plan to discard the remaining items that don’t sell, so they won’t end up cluttering up your home again. Freecycling or a local charity are great options for the leftovers.

 

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