Stain removal hints and tips
Ink from Ball Point Pen
Did ink from a ball point pen get on your clothes? Try a sponge soaked with milk and rub on the ink. It may take a couple of tries, but will work.
Dampen the area of the stain with water, sprinkle with table salt, rub in and then wash. If persistent, add 3 drops of ammonia to solution. To bleach out, dampen and leave in sun or swab with hydrogen peroxide and let sit overnight, and then wash.
Alternative: Flush with water, and then soak briefly in solution of meat tenderizer and cold water.
Remove blood stains from upholstery by covering the spot immediately with a paste of cornstarch and cold water. Rub lightly and place object in the sun to dry. The sun will draw the blood out into the cornstarch. Brush off.
Pots and Pans Stains
One of the most effective solutions for removing tough, burnt-on stains in pots and pans is a paste made from dry automatic dishwasher detergent. This is especially effective for bake ware, pots and pans and tea kettles. Add water to form a paste, paint onto the affected area with a pastry brush and let sit for a few hours. For particularly nasty stains or tough, baked-on food, you may need to leave this solution on overnight wrapped securely in plastic wrap. This solution works best on stainless steel, ceramic, porcelain and ceramic. Be sure to test on aluminium cookware before using as it may damage the finish.
Rub some dish wash liquid into the stain, leave for 10-15 minutes, then hot wash (60-65°C) using your normal laundry detergent. If any stain remains, repeat the process.
Allow to dry, then brushing off. Any remaining stain may be removed by washing or sponging with your usual laundry powder or liquid or if greasy dirt, pre-treat dry fabric with a laundry pre-soak (spot stain remover) or use a grease solvent, e.g. dry cleaning fluid.
If the paint on the skin is wet, use warm water and mild dish soap to clean up the paint.
For dried stains apply a bit of butter or margarine on the area so that the paint would peel of easily. After that clean by scrubbing with soap and water. Petroleum Jelly can be applied instead of butter or margarine as well.
Apply hair spray on the paint stain and rub thoroughly to remove the stain from clothes.
Apply baby oil on skin and rub it off using a cotton ball to remove paint on skin. You may also use cooking oil instead.
For removing oil based paint stain, scrape off as much of the paint stain as much as you can and sponge on some paint thinner on it. Blot the paint stain with a paper towel as much as you can. After that soak it in warm water with liquid detergent and wash as usual by taking special care of the stained area.
To remove tougher paint stains, scrape the paint off as much as possible without damaging the cloth so that the paint peels off leaving an oily residue on the clothing. Now keep an absorbent paper on both sides of the stain and run an iron box over it to remove the oil. Soaking the cloth in warm water with detergent and washing it later should also clean the oil stain completely.
For emulsion paint stains dab the stained area with methylated spirit and wash after some time. You may use turpentine instead.
Apply curd on paint stain on skin. Rub and wash it off later.
How to remove white marks from wooden furniture? Here is a great homemade cleaning products recipe; use a mix of linseed oil and turpentine. Gently simmer 1/2 litre of linseed oil for 10 minutes. Removed from the stove and add 125 ml of turpentine. Mix the 2 ingredients together and apply to the burn marks.
Bicarbonate of Soda and Fruit Stains
Fruit stains need to be treated immediately, but if you're in a hurry, pour a little bicarbonate of soda on the stain, and then later run hot water through the back of the stain.
Bicarbonate of Soda and Vomit
The smell of vomit can linger even in clothing that has been washed. Sprinkling bicarbonate of soda on the site and rubbing it in can help remove the smell when it is washed. This is especially help with baby spit-up.
Remove Grass Stains
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.
Soak the stain in undiluted white vinegar. Then, wash as usual.
Deodorant and anti-perspirants stains may be
removed from clothing by lightly rubbing with
distilled vinegar and laundering as usual
A mixture of salt and vinegar will clean coffee
and tea stains from chinaware.
Clean a teapot by boiling a mixture of water and
vinegar in it. Wipe away the grime.
Cornstarch quickly absorbs grease stains from clothing and other fabrics. Place an old cloth or paper towel under the stain to prevent it from bleeding, then blot away as much of the stain as possible. Make sure to blot, not rub, as rubbing can spread the grease stain. Sprinkle the fabric with a thick coating of cornstarch. This will quickly absorb the majority of the grease. Leave on the stain for 15 minutes, and then add a few drops of water to create a paste. Rub into the stain with fingertips, and then launder in a cold-water cycle.
Smoke and Soot
Sprinkle carpet or clothing that has been covered in smoke and soot with a thick coating of cornstarch. Let it sit overnight. Vacuum up the cornstarch; the stain should disappear as well.