Armpit Stain Remover

There’s nothing worse than having to throw away your favorite shirt, just because the underarms have started to get a bit discolored and nasty.

Modern deoderants and anti-perspirants may have got better and better at preventing sweat and odors, but it seems that his is at the expense of your clothes. Not anymore, The Crunchy Housewife has come up with a homemade solution to help save your shirts and blouses, and it’s all in this video.

 
Get saving those shirts!

Common Carpet Stains

cleaning-red-wine-stainThere’s nothing worse than that sickening feeling when the pot of paint or the glass of wine tips over and you know you aren’t going to stop it in time. You look at the resulting stain on your carpet and feel like it’s the end of the world but it isn’t – many common carpet stains can be removed by the non-professional.

In some cases, however, it is best to admit defeat and seek out the assistance of the professional carpet cleaning Leicester homes have been relying on for years. Here are some ideas about the stains that can be tackled to act as a guide.

Paint

Water based paints are one of the most common DIY stains to need dealing with and can be one of the simplest. Firstly, if the paint is wet, blot it with paper towel and don’t scrub it. Once the stain is dry, hot water with a little dish, detergent mixed in can be added to the stain and left to settle for a few minutes. Once the paint is soft, use a knife to scrape off the paint and add more solution as needed. If the paint doesn’t become soft, a handheld steamer may be needed to soften it but be careful not to get the carpet too hot and damage it.

A steamer will also work for oil-based stains, once they are dry. Using a knife once the steamer has been applied should allow the paint to be picked away but does need to be done carefully to avoid spoiling the material of the carpet.

Coffee

The reason that coffee stains are a nightmare when it comes to cleaning carpets is because it contains oils that give it its flavour but are also quickly absorbed into the carpet, causing a discolouration. The first tip for removing coffee stains is never to scrub them but to blot with paper towel to start with. If the stain is from black coffee, use a little mild detergent on a damp sponge and rub the stain in a circular motion. It may take a few times to do this to remove the stain. If it still hangs around or is another type of coffee, a mixture of vinegar and lukewarm water added directly to the stain usually works, rubbing with a sponge in the same motion. This will often remove the stains from furniture as well.

Red wine

The elements added to red wine that give it its unique taste are also the elements that cause stains – tannins from the skin of the grapes. White wine comes from lighter coloured grapes so is less difficult to remove.

Speed is important with red wine stains as the sooner it is dealt with, the better. Use a white cloth to blot up as much wine as possible then add some cold water to the stain, diluting what remains. Do some more blotting then add a paste of baking soda and water (3:1 ratio) and add to the area. Once the paste has dried, vacuum it out and the stain should follow.

If the stain is dry, pour two cups of warm water and add a tablespoon of white vinegar and the same of dishwashing liquid. Dip a sponge into the mixture and apply to the stain, continuing to blot until it has all been removed.

How to Clean Copper

copper-pans-mugsMankind has been using copper around the house as well as for jewellery purposes for thousands of years and for good reason – not only does it look great but it is very durable. Back when people couldn’t just pop to the supermarket for a new pan, kitchen equipment was made to last and this meant cleaning them after use. Many of those traditional, natural ways of cleaning copper are still current and useful today.

Kitchen pans

Kitchen pans can get a lot of heavy-duty use and this is exactly what copper is designed for – it also has excellent heat conductivity so once it gets hot, it stays hot for longer. Giving your copper pans a little care and cleaning will bring them back to new with very little work and avoids the harsh chemicals in some cleaning products that can cause unpleasant reactions when touching the skin.

A vinegar and salt rub is one of the easiest ideas to clean copper pots. Simply mix a tablespoon of salt into one cup of white vinegar then rub it into the copper with a soft cloth. Alternatively, for a soak, make up a larger amount and put it into the pan then put the pan on heat. Boil the liquid until the grime comes off, empty and leave to cool. Once the pan has cooled, wash it once more with soap and water and rub over with a soft cloth.

A variation to this method includes adding flour to the mixture, coating the copper item and leave to stand for between 15 to 60 minutes. After this period, rinse the item with warm water and polish with a dry, clean cloth.

Lemon is another easy and cheap way to clean copper, particularly tough items like pans. Cut a lemon in half, add some salt to the cut side and rub this onto the copper pan. Alternatively, you can make up a lemon paste by mixing it with equal amounts of either cornstarch or baking soda.

Decorative items

Copper also comes in a range of decorative items as well as special cups and mugs, such as collectible Moscow Mule mugs. For these items, something a little gentler may be required and baking soda is the perfect answer. Combine the soda with lemon juice for a natural but gentle scrub or even just sprinkle the soda onto a cloth to use as a polish.

If the items just need a gentle polish, then ketchup is ideal for the job. Put a small amount onto a cloth and polish the pot then rinse it with warm water and dry with another cloth to restore the shine to the metal. If the stain is particularly stubborn, leave the ketchup to stand on the copper for a few minutes before using a gentle scrub cloth to ensure it is removed.

Strong stuff

If all the natural cleaning methods fail, you can fall back on a sulfamic acid mixture. These can be purchased as a concentrate and mixed with water. The copper item is then dipped into the solution until it stops bubbling, removed and rinsed. Make sure you wear rubber gloves when using this type of product!