Fresh stains can be removed more easily than old ones. Treat stains as soon as possible. Most stains are removed by dissolving them with a solvent. Here are some tips how to remove stains using natural cleaners.
- For fresh grass stains rub your clothes with a piece of soap, then soak it in a solution of warm water and soap. Let it stay for 15 minutes, then wash and rinse as usual.
- You can get rid of fresh grass stains using vodka. Apply vodka with a sponge, rubbing the stain from the center of the stain towards its edge. Then launder in your regular wash. Fresh stains will disappear.
- For stubborn grass stains rub your clothes with ammonia or salt. Soak the item in warm soapy water with a small amount of ammonia, 10 drops per gallon of water, and wash.
- Take 6 tablespoons of salt per glass of hot water, apply the solution on the stain and soak for 15 minutes. Then wash and rinse as usual.
- For white clothing make the mixture of 1 teaspoon of ammonia and 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide for 1 glass of water. Cover a stubborn grass stain on fabric with this mixture and let it sit out for 10 minutes. Afterwards wash the item with hot water.
- For white cotton clothing apply the lemon juice onto the stain and hang to sunshine for 30 minutes. The UV rays help the citric acid in the lemon juice to enhance the stain removal.
To get rid of mold in a bread box, clean the bread box with vinegar water solution to kill mold spores. Wipe the breadbox with vinegar and remove the residue with a dry cloth. Then leave to dry. If possible, dry the breadbox in direct sunlight. Vinegar and direct sunlight destroy spores of mold in a bread box.
To prevent mold, wipe breadbox this way every two weeks.
Natural Cleaners: Lavender antibacterial spray
You can make a natural insect repellent by yourself. It is safe and repeals mosquitoes, flies, ticks and fleas very well. You will need essential oil of clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, citronella, cedar, catnip, lavender, mint or tea tree oil.
To make a natural insect homemade repellent you need:
6 tablespoons of a plant oil, baby cosmetic oil or alcohol
5-10 drops of any essential oil
- Mix 5-10 drops of essential oil with 6 tablespoons of any vegetable or baby cosmetic oil. Rub the natural insect repellent onto skin. If you use alcohol as a carrier you can spray the solution. Such natural insect repellent may be stored in a closed bottle in the fridge for two months.
- Add 10 drops of essential oil on a wet cloth and wipe the window frames and doors. The smell of essential oil repeals insects.
- While you’re jogging through the park or walking, place cotton balls soaked in essential cloves, lavender, rosemary, or citronella oil a pocket or a pram.
Shower caps are perfect to cover the bowl of delicious salad you made for the party. Due to elastic band you can cover with a shower cap salad or fruit bowls, plates or pots up to 20 cm in diameter.
A lipstick has been broken off at the base. No problem! Repair your broken lipstick by yourself!
Swivel the base of the lipstick and stand it upright. Take a match, a candle or a lighter and melt the area that is broken. Attach carefully the broken part to the base of the lipstick and hold it together for a few seconds. Put the lipstick in the refrigerator for an hour. After cooling you can use the lipstick as usual.
If your lipstick has melted in the car, but is still in a good form, put it in the refrigerator for half an hour.
- The easiest way to remove tree sap from clothes is freezing the item in the fridge. Let it stay for 1,5 hour. When the tree sap is good and hard, scrape the tree sap and wash as usual.
- Rubbing alcohol or surgical spirits works very well at removing tree sap from clothes. Wipe the stain with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol and wash the item in soapy water.
- Use butter to remove tree sap stains from clothes. Rub butter into the stain and let it sit for 2-3 hours. Then throw the clothes in a regular wash.
- Olive oil works great at getting pine sap off of skin. Apply a small amount of olive oil and rub it into the stain and then wash your hands with soap.
Coffee grounds scrub away the motor oil from hands
The hook-and-loop fastener looses its efficiency when it gets soiled with dust, hair and lint.
First, wash the hook-and-loop fastener with warm soapy water to clean grease and dirt. Then take a fine-tooth comb and start combing out along the rows in one direction.
The rest can be removed easily with your fingers or tweezers. You can comb out the dirt with a stiff toothbrush or any brush with hard bristles as well.
Always keep your hook-and-loop fastener fastened when washing garments or shoes. To decrease the number of dust, spray the hook-and-loop fastener with antistatic spray.
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How to stop new shoes from staining socks
Sometimes new shoes can cause staining your socks and stockings. If this occurs with your new shoes, it’s rather frustrating. A simple trick helps you to stop new shoes from staining socks. Sprinkle some talcum powder or baby powder inside the shoe and rub talcum into the leather with a dry cloth. Talcum protects shoes from staining and keeps your feet dry. Repeat the manipulation if needed.
How to keep ribbons tidy to prevent them from getting entangled. You can recycle a TIC TAC container to store ribbons tidy.
Reuse plastic packages as containers for a different purpose
A properly staged refrigerator in the kitchen will help you to save energy and money. Place the refrigerator or freezer away from direct sunlight and other heat sources such as ovens and heating. Heat causes the fridge to use more energy.