Preparing for your favorite recipe calls in for a lot of hard work, which is visible in the form of various stains that it leaves on your carpets, sheets and clothes. These stains take away the beauty of your beautifully knit fabrics, further spoiling the looks of your interiors. Though there are numerous commercial household cleaners that claim to remove stains, cut grease, and kill mold and mildew better than the rest, know for sure that these promises made are mostly conceited. The investment on these ineffective cleaners leave you fantasizing for a magic wand that with one swing can put everything back in form, but believe it or not, your fantasy would soon come crashing down, once you see the results. Now, create your magic wand with the help of the most inexpensive, ordinary household items. You can use these household items and use their natural properties to make natural and effective stain removers.
Natural Stain Removers
Baking soda is the most easily available and one of the most effective cleaning agents. It is very much similar to the commercial powdered cleaners and gives an added benefit of nice odor. Baking soda can be used along with water to scrub out tough stains, or it can be added to another solution to add extra deodorizing power. Apply baking soda on the tough stain and let it set for 15-20 minutes, before wiping it.
Borax (Sodium Borate)
Borax is an effective, all-purpose cleaner which can be mixed with plain water or added to baking soda or white vinegar for an efficient disinfectant. It works as a laundry soap, which can also be used to clean wallpaper, painted walls or any other painted surface.
Cornstarch is another quality stain remover, which works well as a window curtain and carpet cleaner. It can remove the toughest of stains off the surface of your carpet, leaving you with deodorizing effect, without any toxic result.
Vinegar is a deodorizer and a disinfectant similar to baking soda. White vinegar does not only add on to the effective cleansing capacity of other cleansers, but is a useful all-purpose cleanser in itself. White vinegar has to be diluted with water when using for normal cleaning. However, if you are using it against tough stains and mineral deposits, the best would be to use it in its actual form. Vinegar is also an effective stain remover for sinks, floors, stovetops, chrome.
The citric taste of lemon juice not only quenches thirst, but also proves to be extremely strong against hard water stains and soap scum. You can mix lime juice along with vinegar and get a double acidic effect paste to remove stains. Lemon juice is also quite effective for rust stains and if allowed to sit on rust, it is capable of erasing the spot completely.
Club soda is also a great stain lifter and can be used on fabrics. It can also be used as a glass cleaner. Allow the club soda to soak into the stain, before blotting. Make sure that you don’t rub the stain or you will risk smearing it all over the area.
Isopropyl alcohol can serve as a brilliant glass cleanser. However, it is not as safe as the other cleansers, because of the minute toxic effect that it has. It is also a powerful disinfectant, which works well for ceramic tiles.
Ammonia is one of the most inexpensive cleansers, but it can be toxic as well and needs to be treated with utmost care. It is a strong alkaline and can effectively work in situations in which vinegar fails to work.
Chlorine bleach is another inexpensive, but dangerous chemical disinfectant that is powerful against stains. You can dilute ¾ cups of bleach in a gallon of water to completely clean and disinfect the surface, attracting mildew and mold. However, it is advisable to be careful while using chlorine bleach.