There have been previous posts on this site about green cleaners, and now I want to talk about even more green cleaners! Specifically, natural stain fighters. Many of us are guilty of spilling grape juice or coffee on the rug and believing that natural cleaners just aren’t strong enough to fight the stains. Well, with this guide on wholeliving.com, you can clean practically any stain — naturally! Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Stain: Berries
Natural Cleaner: White vinegar or lemon juice; washing soda
Instructions: Soak stains in white vinegar or lemon juice for one hour; rinse. If there is some remnants of a stain, dampen with water, and rub gently with a paste of equal parts washing soda and water.
2. Stain: Coffee or Tea
Natural Solution: White vinegar or lemon juice; cream of tartar
Instructions: Soak the stain in straight white vinegar or lemon juice for one hour. Alternatively, clean with a paste made of cream of tartar and water.
3. Stain: Gum
Natural Solution: Ice
Instructions: Freeze gum with a wrapped ice cube, then peel off the frozen gum.
4. Stain: Tomato Sauce
Natural Solution: White vinegar; washing soda; borax
Instructions: Soak in white vinegar. Alternatively, make a paste of equal parts washing soda or borax and water and rub in gently.
5. Stain: Blood
Natural Solution: Cold water; hydrogen peroxide; corn starch
Instructions: Soak in cold water. For stubborn stains, soak in hydrogen peroxide (a natural bleach; spot-test to make sure it won’t affect the fabric). Or use a paste of equal parts corn starch and cold water.
If you’re anything like me, you are constantly spilling and dripping things all over clothing, carpet, the couch – everywhere! It’s a little annoying to be so clumsy, but as long as you keep this guide handy, you’ll be able to get rid of those stains with non-toxic, all-natural solutions.