Quick and painless cleaning tips (#2)

View “Quick and painless cleaning tips (#1)” which talks about sinks, toilets, bathrooms and stainless steel appliances.

If you’re anything like my boyf and bring a lunch to work each day, you’ve probably got a couple of stained plastic containers from tomato stains. If you end up heating your food in the plastic container when it had this tomato based product in it, chances are your plastic is probably stained beyond repair.

  • Spray your containers with a non-stick cooking spray before each use to keep them from getting stained.
  • Fill the bowl with hot water and drop in a couple of denture tablets. Leave for a couple of hours and when you come back the stains will hopefully be removed. (lol I love how it says “hopefully)

Yes, I do have denture cleaning tablets in my home. I wear my retainers nightly and they get pretty nasty when you don’t deep clean them often, so instead of using an abrasive toothbrush which can cause minuscule scratches and probably form bacteria, I soak them in denture tablets while I’m at work.

Stained Clothes:

  • Deodorant and Perspiration Stain Removal: Soak in dissolved powdered aspirin (5 tablets per liter of water) for 1-2 days.
  • Grease stain removal: Saturate the stain with rubbing alcohol, then blot with a clean white cloth. If the stain persists, try using a grease cutting dish detergent, such as Dawn, and rub with a soft toothbrush. Another option, although it seems crazy, is to soak the soiled area overnight in a solution of detergent, Coca-Cola and water. Launder as usual.
  • Grass stain removal: Dab the area with rubbing alcohol or diluted hydrogen peroxide before washing. Or, try putting liquid dish washing detergent (original green Palmolive!) on the stain, let sit for ten minutes then wash.
  • Makeup: Rub shampoo or dish detergent (preferably a grease cutting formula), or shampoo into the stain. You could also try spraying with hairspray or using a non-oily makeup remover to remove the stain. Then, launder as usual.
  • Fruit: Sprinkle some salt on the garment, and then rinse in cold water. Wash it in warm water with liquid detergent. If the stain persists, try applying a little hydrogen peroxide.

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4 Comments

  1. Great tips….how about pen marks?

    Nancy says: I haven’t had ink on any of my clothing in such a long time. I heard all sorts of remedies, but I don’t know what works. I ended up bringing a brand new pair of pants to the dry cleaners and they only got out “most” of it :(

  2. hmmm… I might try the deodarant stain thing. Usually I just get frustrated and cut the sleeves off to extend the life of the shirt (on workout shirts, anyways).

  3. Hum…I love the tip for getting stains our of plastic containers…I hate that because they look dirty when they really aren’t!

  4. Is the asipirin/deodorant trick safe for all fabrics?? I’d never heard that before!

    Nancy says: Hmm, I’m not sure! I have only tried cotton

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