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Taking care of your household – and all that is in it - #2

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Are you, by nature, a messy person or do messes just seem to occur no matter where you go or how careful you try to be? This will be the second in a series of articles geared towards assisting you in cleaning up the messes in your life,…at least those that are likely to pop up in your household.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no one stain out method that will work for every single type of stain. More to the point, there will be times when you come upon a stain that just cannot be removed, either by mere amateurs or by the best of the professional cleaners. What is one supposed to do then?

There are numerous options available if the stain is on a piece of clothing. If on a blouse, one can use a brooch, pin or scarf to cover it; if a man’s shirt, add a sports or recreational patch of some type to camouflage the problem.

You could also dye the garment the same color as the stain; however, some of those stains can be very difficult match. If the stain is on the lower portion of a long sleeve or near the end of a pants’ leg, you could transform these into short-sleeved tops or to shorts for the bottoms. Don’t toss the extra material…you never know when you may need to fix another stain on the same clothes!

Keep this article and the following list of ways to remove stains to help save you lots of time and money in the future.

Put the squeeze on formula stains
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Put the squeeze on formula stains

Baby-sitting your grandchildren would be more fun if you didn’t have to deal with those tough baby formula stains. Squeeze some lemon juice on stains on white or light-colored garments, and set them out in the sun. This should bleach away the stain.

Break down baby-formula stains
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Break down baby-formula stains

Even though babies are too young to enjoy nice, juicy steaks, you might want to keep meat tenderizer on hand when babies are around because it is good for removing stubborn baby formula stains. Dampen the stain with cold water, then rub some meat tenderizer over it. Leave the paste on the stain for a while, then wash the garment as usual.

Rub out alcohol spots with lemon oil
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Rub out alcohol spots with lemon oil

Giving your furniture sips of your alcoholic drinks can have serious consequences. To preserve the finish, wipe up any spills immediately. Then rub stained area with a cloth dipped in lemon oil. If the stain has dried, use fine steel wool with lemon oil. Be sure to rub carefully with the grain. Complete the job by polishing with a soft cloth dipped in the oil.

 

Use bread to beat beet stains
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Use bread to beat beet stains

Even redder than red wine stains, beet stains are no treat. Soak a piece of white bread in water, then place it on the beet stain. The bread should quickly absorb the stain.. Then you should be able to wash the garment as you normally would.

Get rid of blood with peroxide
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Get rid of blood with peroxide

Even the smallest wound can produce a lot of blood, especially if you have clothing near it. Pour some peroxide directly over the blood before washing the garment, and it should come out right away. You may want to test it on a hidden section of the garment first to ensure it will not fade.

 

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