Guide to Natural Stain Removers

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Many times you have found a stain on something you love. It could be your best shirt, favorite easy chair, or your brand new carpet. You may really feel upset and wonder how you will get it out. Fortunately, there are natural stain removers that you can use to help you eliminate those stubborn stains. However, before diving into that, it is important to understand that the sooner you deal with a spill the better. The longer the stain sits there, the harder it will be to remove.


  1. Lipstick 

You can remove lipstick stain using baking soda. Start by blotting the lipstick stain lightly with a tissue. Then scoop a spoonful of baking soda onto the stain. Use a toothbrush to scrub the baking soda into the spot and ensure that much of the oil pigment is absorbed. Next, brush the remaining baking soda away before adding more baking soda. Put enough baking soda just to cover the affected area, and add a few drops of white vinegar to the baking soda. This will make it start to foam. Scrub the spot lightly until the stain vanishes. You can now launder as usual.



  1. Wax

It is hard to remove candle wax once it hardens. However, this common problem is easy to solve. To remove wax stain on your carpet or clothes, all you need is an iron box and a few paper towels. Just heat your clothes the way you do when you want to iron clothes. When it gets warm, put a few paper towels onto the wax stain. In order to avoid scorching other areas, you should place a few sheets around the stain. As you iron the sheets of paper placed on top of the candle wax, the wax will melt and get absorbed by the paper towels.


  1. Oil Stain

Lemon is known to be a good bleaching agent. As such, it can assist to lighten a stain and lift out oil from clothes. What you should do is to cut a piece of lemon and then rub it on the stain. Squeeze it to allow the juice to soak into the cloth. The lemon rind is a great natural scrub so use it to scrub the stain to remove excess oil from the spot. If the stain is stubborn, you should allow the cloth to dry and apply additional lemon before you launder it the normal way.



  1. Rust

There are several natural ways one can use to remove rust. They include using white vinegar. To do this, put the rusted items in a large container, pour some white vinegar and soak them. Alternatively, you can make a paste of white vinegar and baking soda by combining 1 cup of vinegar with 1/3 cup baking powder. Next, scrub the rust stain with the paste before allowing it to sit for a few minutes. Then rinse with water.


  1. Ketchup

Ketchup stains can turn out to be stubborn. It is always advisable to get soap and running water immediately from the back of the fabric to remove the stain. This helps in minimizing the damage. Luckily, there is a natural way to remove ketchup stains. To remove a ketchup stain from fabric, rug or furniture, you can use talc to soak up the grease and oil, using a soapy sponge and lemon juice. Lemon usually does very well when it comes to breaking down tomato-based stains.


  1. Grass stain

The moment you see a grass stain, you should work on it immediately because when stains are given time, they tend to set in the fabric much more and start becoming permanent. In order to remove a grass stain, you first need to treat it with hot water. Next, mix one part dish soap with 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and scrub the stain using a toothbrush. This should be able to do the trick.



  1. Soy Sauce

Soy sauce can leave a stubborn light brown stain that may be difficult to remove. It is worse when the clothing is light-colored. However, the good news is that there are natural ways to remove these stains.

To remove this stain, you may need the following: clear plus white vinegar, isopropyl alcohol dishwashing liquid, or ammonia. In addition, you need;

  • A clean white cloth
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Water

Mix vegetable glycerin with any of the above and apply on the stain using the white cloth and leave it for a while before rinsing it with water.


  1. Paint

The first thing to do before you can decide on how to treat paint stain is to know whether it is water-based or oil-based. You can do this by reading the label on the paint can. The clean-up instructions are normally included. In case it is water-based, the directions will comprise of using soap and warm water. For oil-based paint, you will be directed to use paint thinner or mineral spirits. This information is very helpful when it comes to removing paint.


  1. Yellow-stained clothes turning back to white

You can turn yellow-stained clothes back to white easily and naturally. All you need to do is to add ½ cup of lemon juice, baking soda, borax, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide to make them bone white. In case you are looking for heavy duty stuff, you may mix 1 cup borax white loads and 1 cup vinegar. The two are helpful when it comes to brightening the whites. The vinegar will make your clothes soft.


  1. Pen marks/Pen Stains

There are several nontoxic natural pen marks/pen stains removers. They include:

  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Cornstarch
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Shortening
  • Sandpaper
  • Toothpaste
  • Vinegar


Butter always works better on vinyl book bags, totes or purses that are light colored since the oil in the butter softens the stain. Sunlight and salt works like magic to draw the ink stains out. Simply rub the stain with butter and allow it to sit in a sunny place for a number of days. It also works well on cotton or denim fabrics. Ensure that you work liquid detergent into the oil residue from the butter.


  1. Coffee Stains

Coffee stains are among the most common and more stubborn stains around households. Ensure that you rinse the affected area as soon as possible to avoid the stain aging and becoming permanent. There are several natural ways to remove coffee stains. One of them is using a paste of washing soda together with hydrogen peroxide. Apply it on the affected area and leave it to seep in for a while before rinsing with water.

Removing various types of stains using natural ways is not only inexpensive but also safe. Some of the discussed methods can be used to remove more than one type of stains. Alternatively you can combine one method if you want to deal with stubborn stains.

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