Cleaning Tips for Cleaning Emergencies At Home & Around the Office!
- A great way of removing ballpoint-ink stains and marker is to use hair spray (pump or aerosol). Douse the stain with the hair spray and then rub with a bar of soap. Rinse the garment in COLD water. NOTE - hot water can set nongreasy stains. Rubbing alcohol dabbed on the stained area may also lift the ink.
- Red-wine stains usually literally disappear from washable fabrics if you dip them into a solution of 1 tablespoon of borax and 2 cups of warm water. Another method of treating a wine stain immediately is to sprinkle salt liberally over the area to absorb the spill. Or soak the area with club soda and blot with a paper towel. If the stain persists, or for older stains, you can try dabbing hydrogen peroxide onto the area and rinse with cold water.
- The easiest way to remove oily salad-dressing stains, in fact most greasy stains for that matter, is to rub the area well with waterless hand cleaner. Rinse with cold water.
- For wearable fabrics.....apply waterless hand cleaner/sanitizer and rinse with cool water. For carpets....blot as much of the spill with paper towels (NEVER agitate in a circular motion) then apply distilled white vinegar to the area.
- Soak up excess and then wipe with equal parts white vinegar and water. If stain persists, rub it gently with waterless hand cleaner/sanitizer and rinse off with a little water.
LIPSTICK & MAKEUP
- Hair spray usually works very well. Douse the area well and rub hard with a bar of hand or laundry soap. Launder as usual. Another method of removing lipstick stains from shirts and blouses is to blot the area with a little-denatured alcohol. Sometimes, cornstarch rubbed into the stain and left to sit for an hour or so does the trick.
MOTOR OIL & GREASE
- We've found that using waterless hand cleaner/sanitizer as a prewash will work on most oil and grease stains. If it is really bad, soak the garment in cola overnight. Add a cup of baking soda into the wash to remove the oil odor.
KETCHUP, MUSTARD, TOMATO SAUCES
- Rub waterless hand cleaner/sanitizer on and rinse in cold water.
- Remove any excess chocolate first, then immediately run some club soda through the fabric and rinse with a mild detergent and cold water. If the stain persists, follow up with a mixture of 1 tablespoon ammonia and 1 cup cold water. Dab the solution on the fabric working from the outside in. Rinse well and wash the item as usual.
- To help keep battery posts and cables free of corrosion, cover them with a thick layer of regular petroleum jelly. No one wants to clean corroded battery cables in a downpour or snow storm! If they are already corroded put on some gloves and rub them down with cola.
- A great and non-messy way of cleaning your grill is to place the grill rack in a plastic garbage bag, pour in a 1/4 cup of ammonia and tie it closed. Leave the bag lying flat OUTSIDE overnight and hose it off the next day. It works great!
LEATHER SALT STAINS
- To remove those leather salt stains you get on your boots and shoes in the winter, simply cut an onion in half and rub away the stain.
- Fill the reservoir with white vinegar and run it through a full cycle. Repeat the cycle TWICE with plain water. Now your coffee should taste as good as it did when the coffee maker was new.
- A quick way to clean and deodorize your microwave is to put a small, heat-resistant container in the center of the microwave and fill it with white vinegar. Heat the vinegar and let it boil for a minute or so. Using rubber gloves (it'll be REALLY HOT), wipe down the walls and ceiling with a soft cloth dipped into the hot solution.