Stains from bed sheets, clothes, etc. are often difficult to remove. Detergent and bleach are the most common agents used to remove stains. However, these substances may cause [harm] to the cloth and may ruin its quality.
There are other ways and even better ways to remove stains using household materials you never realized you needed more. The following are some of the considered stain removers that can be found at home:
- Vinegar – aside from being used in the kitchen for cooking, vinegar is also known as a cleaning agent. It is considered as a cleaning agent because of its high acidity. Upon using it, first, you must dilute it with water.
By then, you will be able to clean and remove almost any stains. Vinegar is a great natural stain remover specifically distilled white vinegar. One thing to remember is that never to use vinegar on electronics especially on irons, and electronic screens and appliances. Additionally, avoid using vinegar to clean countertops for it may cause discoloration to the stone.
2. Baking soda – Baking soda can be used as a cleaning agent because it can remove dirt by loosening it and dissolving it into the water. It can also help in removing unpleasant smell by neutralizing the acidity and the basic odor molecules. Baking soda doesn’t clean and do the work alone, often it is used together with vinegar or detergent.
It only aids with cleaning. Using baking soda is also guaranteed safe, it is actually safer than any other chemicals used in cleaning. However, most directions in the boxes of baking sodas indicate dissolving baking soda into water before using. For fabrics, put a baking soda paste on the stained area and let it rest for a few minutes and then rinse it with water.
3. Lime or lemon juice – Just like the vinegar, lemon juice is also a good cleaning agent. It is also high in acidity and has antiseptic and antibacterial properties to help in cleaning. Because of these, it is known as the natural bleach. When using lemon juice for removing stains, you might want to dissolve it with vinegar and baking soda to avoid lemon juice stains from staying on the fabric.
4. Dish-washing liquid – Dish-washing liquid is good for removing dish stains as well as cloth stains. Its primary use is for the dishes but it still has various informal applications such as for the clothes. It can be used in the washing machine. Add a few teaspoons of dishwashing liquid to your detergent and the washing machine will do the trick.
We spend our time using the same cleaning agent again and again forgetting the fact that life is not a one-way road. There are a lot of alternatives lying around in our home. You just have to pick it up and try it for your own sake.