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How to get grease stains out of clothes

By | June 30, 2016

Removing grease stains from clothes

Grease stains can come over onto clothes from many different places. Be it the cooking oil, or some grease on your bike or bicycle. Cosmetic products like creams and gels also contain petroleum substances which can stain fabrics. Oily substances tend to stain clothes very quickly.

Common food recipes also contain oil and dropping some of it on your clothes lead to colorless stains even if you manage to clean it well. Towels and rugs also catch lots of oily stains when you use them for cleaning.

Oil stains are still easier to remove compared to stains from industrial greases and synthetic oils. Industrial grease stains are a lot stronger and require a lot of extra work to get rid of.

Some common household items that can be used to clean oil or grease stains include dish soap, talcum powder, baking soda.

oil stains on clothes

1. Soak oil with Talcum Powder/Baby powder

If its a fresh or recent stain then try soaking out excess oil using an absorbent powder like talcum or baby powder. You can also use corn starch.

Sprinkle plenty of baby powder on the stained area to cover it entirely. Then press and rub it with fingers so that the powder and soak the oil well. Let it stay like that for about 15 minutes.

Dust off the powder from the clothes. Use a tissue paper or normal paper to press the stain. The paper should absorb some of the oil out of the stain. This should reduce the stain and make it easier to treat.

2. Baking soda

Baking soda can also be used to absorb oil out of the fabric like talcum powder. Just follow the same step as before. Sprinkle baking soda on the stained area and press and rub a little. Let it sit for few minutes and then dust off. Press a tissue paper on the stain to absorb whatever oil can come out.

3. Club soda/Coca Cola/Pepsi

Club soda or coca cola are mildly acidic liquids can be used to loosen the oil in the stain. However make sure to check the washing instructions on the fabric first.

This method should work fine with regular washable fabrics like cotton and polyester. However, do not use this method on delicate fabrics like silk or non washable wool.

Pour some coca cola on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. That should loosen the stain and make it lighter and easier to treat.

4. Dish Soap

Dish soap like Palmolive and Dawn are seen very effective in removing grease stains from clothes. Just apply a little dish soap on the stain. Rub it a little and then let it sit for few minutes.

Rinse with water and the stain should be gone. If a little of the stain is still left, repeat the steps again. Afterwards wash as usual with laundry detergent.

5. Laundry detergents

Laundry detergent can be used to pre treat the stain. However it may not be very effective in lifting the stain. Prepare a paste of detergent with water. Apply it on the stain and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes.

Rinse with water and see if there is any improvement in the stain. If the detergent could lift some of the stain, you may want to repeat the process. Or else try some commercial stain remover.

Extra tips and advice

Another common recipe to remove grease stains is Salt + Shampoo + Dish soap. Mix a little of each in a cup with water to make a thick and dense solution. And then rub this solution on the stained area with fingers and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. Then wash as usual.

Another usual piece of advice is to be careful about the fabric and its washing rules. If its a silk garment for example and marked as dry clean only on the label, then your best option is to take it to a professional rather than trying to fix the stain yourself.

How to remove chocolate stains from clothes

By | June 29, 2016

Removing chocolate stains

Kids love eating chocolates, pastries and cakes and when they rub their little fingers on their clothes, the chocolate stains are created nicely. So if you have kids at home these chocolate stains may be an everyday thing to deal with.

Chocolate itself has a low melting point due to which in most recipes it will turn into a thick liquid or creamy texture that can easily get easily displaced while eating.

Like with other stains, the sooner you act on it, the better. Other ingredients in the chocolate recipe like natural oils etc can help the stain set in if left unattended for long.

Removing the stains is not a heavy task. Common household items like detergent, vinegar, dishwash liquid can be sufficient to deal with and remove the chocolate stain completely.

1. Scrape the excessive chocolate

Chocolate stains are best treated when they are fresh. The first thing you should do is scrape off the excess chocolate from the clothes carefully without smudging it further. Use a spoon or just your fingers to do it.

Once you have removed the chocolate, rinse with cold water to dilute the stain as much as possible. This will make it light and easy to remove.

2. Pre-treat with detergent

After rinsing with water, the residue left behind would be a tight stain that needs some treatment. Prepare a paste using detergent and water, and apply it on the stain directly. Dab and rub gently.

If the stain is large in size then you may have to soak the whole thing in a detergent solution in a bowl or something. Let the thing sit for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse with cold water. The stain should be significantly reduced, if not completely gone. Then launder as usual.

4. Vinegar or Lemon

As always, vinegar is effective in removing chocolate stains too. Mix equal parts of vinegar with water and use a sponge to dab the solution on the stain. Keep doing till the stain gets lighter and lighter until you see no further improvement.

You can also try some lemon juice with salt. Lemon has a mild bleaching effect and can loosen out the stubborn stain that has been sitting for long.

However be cautious when applying lemon to clothes. It might bleach the color of the fabric. Read the label for instructions, check the fabric type and then first test on a hidden part of the garment to ensure that the color or texture of the fabric is not affected.

If you are still not very sure, then skip this method and use a stain remover or detergent only.

3. Dish washing liquid

Dish washing liquids are also quite effective in removing common food stains from clothes. Apply some dish washing liquid like Palmolive to the chocolate stain. Dab and rub gently till the stain is removed. Rinse the clothe with water and wash as usual.

5. Stain remover

Old and dried up chocolate stains appear as deep colored patches and are difficult to remove. With time, these stains set into the fabric and become difficult to remove. But even with such old and dried stains you can try the above mentioned remedies.

If the stain is very strong and refuses to leave using the above methods, then your last resort is to try some commercial stain remover product. Any of the popular stain remover spray or gel should be sufficient for the job.

Extra tips and advice

The above method should work well with most fabrics like cotton and polyester. If the garment is marked as non-washable then do not apply any of the above methods. Instead take it to a professional.

Garments made of silk and delicate wool are generally non-washable and apply any kind of detergent on them can ruin the fabric. So make it a habit to check the fabric type and the washing instructions on its label.

The ultimate guide to removing mold from anything

By | June 28, 2016

Removing mold

Those black organic patches that grow over at damp places, look quite ugly and sometimes even scary. Mold (mould) grow in damp places where the humidity level is higher than average with lack of fresh air. Such an environment is conducive to to growth of micro organisms like bacteria, fungi.

Bathrooms and kitchens are the most common places where mold occurs. These are the places that exposed to water and damp more than any other room. The tile grouts, the area around fixtures and hidden places like under the wash basic, are places where there chances of mold growth is high. Mold can grow even on tiles if soap or other substances settle on them. This is one reason you need to keep your bathroom and kitchen clean.

mold on walls

Here are some very simple home-made tricks to get rid of mold from all places. Most of the methods involve using common household items like vinegar, baking soda, detergent and soap. You should find these somewhere in your house.

1. Clothes

Clothes can catch mold, if they are left un-attended after a machine wash. Or if they stay damp for a few days in some hidden or low-lying place, mold can start growing depending on the humidity levels.

But its easy to get rid of mold and any smell coming out of such rotting clothes. Simply put the clothes into the washing machine. Add detergent as usual and 1 cup of plain white vinegar. Wash with hot/warm water.

After the washing is over, hang the clothes in bright sunlight. This will further remove any remaining mold spores or smell, and make the clothes feel fresh.

For special fabrics like silk or leather that cannot be washed inside machine as usual, the recommended way is to get to a dry cleaning center and consult a professional.

2. Hats

Hats are another common wearable item that can catch mold on it if its left unused for quite some time in a remote corner of your house. Hats are generally not machine washable and may not even be hand washable with water.

Dealing with mold on such hats is again quite simple. Use a brush to rub away the loose mold on the surface. Then sprinkle some talcum power on the mold stain area. Talcum powder absorbs moisture and can absorb the mold out of the hat as well. Leave it like that for 10-15 minutes.

Then rub off the talcum power again with a brush. Now take a damp cloth or sponge and rub the remaining powder and mold. This should remove most of the mold. Repeat the above steps till the hat is clean. Put the hat in bright sunlight to dry and remove any remaining microscopic mold.

3. Leather Shoes

Removing mold from leathers is again quite easy. Just use a shoe brush and rub the shoe equally everywhere to remove dust and mold. Then wipe with a damp cloth and let it dry in sunlight. You can also use mild soap or a leather cleaner to clean the shoe from all sides.

4. Painted Walls

Walls tend to catch a lot of mold growth specially in areas where there is a lot of damp. Damp may be caused by a number of factors. If there is a kitchen or bathroom adjacent to the wall and there a leaking water pipe line inside the wall, then it will very quickly absorb the water and start developing damp. If there are cracks in the wall then water from rain may settle inside and cause damp to grow. All this will eventually cause damage to the wall and growth of microbes like mold and fungi.

To treat molds on walls, the very first thing to be done is to fix any leakage or cracks in the wall. Fix any leaking water pipelines, ensure proper insulation and get new plaster where-ever there are cracks. Check other structures on the wall like window frames which may be cracked at the edges causing water to sip down into the wall.

Check our previous post here that talks more about mold treatment for walls –
How to remove mold from walls

The best way is to fill a small bucket with water and some detergent. Dip use a rag or sponge in this water and use it to wipe the mold. Keep doing it again and again till you have cleared all the mold. Mold on wall is easy to remove just by wiping. Afterwards use a vacuum to blow some hot air on the area where the mold was. This will further clean any remaining invisible spores.

5. Curtains

To remove mold from curtains, you can use the same process like other clothes if the curtains are washable. Just put them in the washing machine with detergent and a cup of plain white vinegar and wash as usual.

If there are specific mold stains that persist even after a wash, then try applying a paste of lemon juice and salt over it. However make sure to first test the paste on some hidden part of the curtain to test the colorfastness of the fabric.

6. Grouts

The plaster in the thin gaps between tiles in bathroom absorb water and moisture over time and slowly start developing mold. Vinegar is quite effective in removing mold from such grouts.

Mix equal parts of plain white vinegar with water and put it in a spray bottle. Now spray the solution the mold and rub with a wet sponge or kitchen scrubber. The mold will start coming out with the effect of vinegar.

After the cleaning is done, make sure to wipe with a dry sponge to make the tiles and grouts as dry as possible. You may want to blow some hot air using a vacuum if possible. The idea is to make it dry and let some fresh air on it.

Another method is to use baking soda. Make a paste of baking soda with water and rub it on the grouts. Keep doing till all the mold is cleaned away.

Do not mix vinegar and baking soda together. Vinegar is acidic and baking soda is alkaline, so they will react.

7. Tents

Tents when packed into a small space can develop mold if there is some moisture or damp left behind that does not dry up. Since tents are made of fibers similar to that of clothes they can be cleaned in a similar way.

Mix some detergent in water. Use a sponge to apply this soapy water and the tent and rub evenly at all place to clean it. Apart from usual laundry detergent, any fabric cleaner would also do the job.
After the cleaning is over, hang out the tent in bright sunlight for drying and further cleaning.

For treating mildew stains in specific spots you can use a mixture containing lime juice, water and salt. Prepare the solution in a bowl and use a sponge to apply and rub it on the stains. Again rinse with clean water and spread out in the sun to dry.

Tips and Tricks

For cleaning molds, we are often using vinegar. Vinegar contains acetic acid which acts as a cleaner and disinfectant. In place of vinegar you can also try lemon juice with salt. Lemon juice contains citric acid which also works in a similar way as vinegar.

Another common cleaning liquid often used is rubbing alcohol. However it may not be very effective on mold, because it is very mildly acidic.

If the mold is too strong to go away with simple household methods shown above, you may want to try some commercial mold cleaners. Check out on

How to remove ketchup stains from clothes

By | June 27, 2016

Remove Ketchup Stains

Ketchup or tomato sauce from your food can sometimes spill out if you are not very careful while eating. The result might be a stain on your clothes. This is common with kids whole love ketchup a lot and drop something dipped with ketchup on their shirts or jeans.

Like with most other food stains, ketchup stains are easily removed if action is taken immediately. The longer it stays on the clothing, the more work and effort is needed to get rid of it later. In a previous post here we talked about simple techniques to get rid of mustard stains from clothings. The steps for ketchup stains are also quite similar.

ketchup stains on clothes

Here are some very simple home remedies that can help you fix the ketchup stain in time without letting it get too deep or strong.

The first thing to do is quickly rub away any excess ketchup that is on the garment. You can do this with just a piece of paper or something similar.

Next rinse the stain with cold water to reduce it. Water will reduce the stain and flush out the ketchup from the fabric fibers. The residue left behind would be a light version of the stain that needs some special treatment.

1. Pre-treat with liquid detergent

If you have liquid laundry detergent then apply a little of it on the stain right away and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Alternatively you can also try liquid dish washing liquid.

Afterwards rinse with cold water and the stain should be gone.

2. Apply vinegar

After detergent, the next thing to try is vinegar. Mix about 1 tablespoon of plain white vinegar in a cup of water. Use a sponge or washcloth to soak the mixture and then dab it on the stain area.

Rub the stain area gently and let it sit for a few minute. Then rinse it with cold water. Repeat the process as needed.

3. Stain remover

After trying detergent and vinegar, if there is still some faint residue of the stain left on the fabric, then you can handle it with some stain remover stick or gel. You can find lots of stain removers on or your local hardware store.

Here are some popular stain remover products –

1. Shout Stain remover –

Shout is a commonly used stain remover that works well with most fabrics and does not cause any discoloration. It should be used to pre-treat the stain before washing. Once the stain is completely gone, wash as usual.

Extra tips and advice

If the stain is quite strong or dried up, then the above methods might be ineffective in removing it completely. You may use some mild bleach like hydrogen peroxide on the stain. The bleaching effect will dissolve the stain out.

However not all fabrics can withstand bleaching, specially the delicate ones. Bleaching and fade the color or even damage the fabric. Fabrics made of linen or silk might get ruined at the slightest effect of a bleaching chemical. So check the fabric type and read the label on it for washing instructions first.

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How to remove mustard stains from clothes

By | June 27, 2016

Removing mustard stains

Mustard is a commonly used condiment in many recipes and spilling a little of it on any piece of fabric will give a stain. Mustard stains are strong and often difficult to remove and more so if it has dried.

Food recipes with mustard often have oil within them, which makes the stain even stronger. The situation is even worse if the garment is white in color, like a white shirt.

mustard stain on clothes
Sometimes it might be even impossible to completely remove the stain. Therefore its best to take immediate action on the stain without even a minutes delay.

Here are some simple methods to treat mustard stains in order to reduce and remove them. You can try using warm or little hot water with the methods shown below. Warm/hot water helps in releasing many kind of food stains.

1. Try Glycerine

Apply a little glycerine to the stain area and gently rub. Leave it for few minutes. Then dab it with a piece of wet cotton ball or washcloth.

Some of the stain would be absorbed by the washcloth. This will reduce the stain if not remove it completely. After this step you can try other methods to eliminate the stain completely.

2. Try liquid laundry detergent

Dab the stain with a liquid laundry detergent, and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. After that rinse with cold water. Repeat the process till no more of the stain can be removed.

Apart from liquid laundry detergent you can also try liquid dish washing liquid. Afterwards wash the clothing as usual.

3. Vinegar with detergent

Vinegar is an excellent cleaner for many kind of stains on clothings. So use it with detergent to fix the mustard stain.

Mix about 1 tablespoon of plain white vinegar with 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in 1 cup of water. Soak the stain with this solution and allow it to stay for about 10-15 minutes. Dab gently to see if the stain is loosening. Keep like that till no more stain is coming out. Then rinse with plain water.

Vinegar works well for stain. However fabrics like Linen do not go well with vinegar or lemon juice and might get damaged. Make sure to check the fabric type and also reach the cleaning instructions on the label.

If you do not have vinegar at home, then try rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol acts as a solvent and can be used to remove stains from clothes very effectively.

4. Commercial Stain removal products

Take some “Biz” powder and make a paste with little water. Apply it on the stain and leave it overnight. Next day, wash as usual. The stain should be gone.

Another useful product is the Clorox Stain fighter pen. However first apply it to some hidden part of the fabric to ensure colorfastness.

Other popular stain removers are –

Biz –
Clorox Stain fighter pen –
Zout Stain Remover –

Any of those should work well to remove the mustard stains from your clothes.

Extra tips and advice

Mustard stains are known to be the most difficult ones to remove. The above shown home remedies can work well for light stains on washable fabrics like cotton or polyester.

However if the stain falls on some fabric that is not easily washable or dry-clean only, then you should avoid trying any of the above methods yourself. Instead, take the garment to some cleaning professional.

When ever applying any kind of cleaning solution to a fabric, always make sure to first check the fabric type and read the cleaning instructions on the label to ensure that the cleaning method is safe for the fabric and will not spoil it.

Thanks for reading and if you have any queries or suggestions, please use the comment box below.

How to remove oil stains from leather

By | June 26, 2016

Removing oil stains from leather

Oily substances tend to leave a strong stain where ever they go. It could be the oil from your food like melted butter, or some kind of massage oil or anything.

Sometimes, kids would put paper food wrappers (like a pizza box) on the couch which could leak the oil and grease up whatever surface they are lying on. And the stains are even more visible on light colored leather.

Oil Stains on leather Sofa

The oil or grease can settle into the leather permanently and be very difficult to remove. Therefore its best to act as soon as possible. However, you need to be very careful when applying any kind of cleaning solution, since it can remove the shine of the leather.

Here are some simple remedies that you can try out with common household items to remove oily stains from leather objects.

1. Corn Starch or Talcum powder

Corn starch or talcum powder act as an absorbent and pull the oil out from the leather. First take a tissue paper and gently rub the oil stain to lift as much oil as possible. The tissue paper shall absorb oil and there will be less oil left on the leather.

Next drop some talcum powder or corn starch (or wheat germ) on the stain area. Press gently and leave it like that for a day. The powder will absorb the stain back from the leather.

Next day rub the powder off and again rub with a tissue paper. The stain should gone.

This method works best for stains that are fresh or very recent. Old and dried stains will be difficult to remove using this method and you would need some alternative.

2. Dishwashing liquid

Mix a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with a cup of water. Now wet a piece of sponge and dab over the stain very carefully. Dab only till the stain is removed and stop immediately after that.

Doing this can potentially cause the leather surface to loose its shine from the stained area. So be careful.

3. Little baking soda

Mix about a tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl of water. Moisten a piece of microfiber washcloth or sponge with it and use it to dab over the stain gently without rubbing elsewhere.

You should see the stain loosing out with the effect of the water and once the entire stain has been removed stop dabbing any further.

4. Vinegar Solution

Vinegar contains acetic acid which can remove oil stains quite effectively. But it must be diluted by mixing with water so that its corrosive effect on leather is minimal and only the stain is removed by its effect and not the leather’s shine.

Mix about a tablespoon of plain white vinegar in a cup of water. Now soak a cotton ball or sponge with it and gently dab over the stain. Keep doing till the stain disappears and then stop immediately.

Extra tips and advice

After removing the oil stain, the leather might loose some of its smoothness and shine from the stained area. In case of leather shoes this will be insignificant since you can always polish the shoes and make them shine again.

With other items like jacket, purse or car seat, you need to apply leather conditioner to restore the shine of the leather to make it look like before.

If the item under the stain is something expensive and valuable then its best to call a professional for the job rather than trying yourself.

What are washable and non-washable fibres and fabrics

By | June 26, 2016

Different types of fabrics

Clothes and fabrics are often marked as washable or non-washable. For those who do not understand the terminology might be confused as to what does that exactly mean.

Washable fabrics can be washed in the usual every day style using a detergent inside a machine. They are structure strong enough to withstand the washing process and last for quite a long time.

Non washable fabrics on the other hand are delicate and sensitive to different kind of cleaning agents and need special care. Most are marked dry clean only.

Washable fabrics or fibers

The fabrics can be washed as usual with detergent inside a washing machine. Some very common types of washable fabrics include the following.

  • Acrylic Fabric
  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Modacrylic
  • Nylon
  • Olefin
  • Polyester
  • Spandex
  • Washable Wool

Cotton, Polyester are very common terms that we come across when buying garments. And we do wash most of such garments right inside the washing machine with detergent and continue to do so for quite a long time as long as the garments are in use.

Non Washable fabrics

These are a class of fabrics that cannot we washed with usual cleaners like detergents inside machines. Garments made out of these fibres are often marked “Dry clean only”.

  • Acetate
  • Burlap
  • Fiberglass
  • Rayon
  • Rope
  • Silk
  • Triacetate
  • Nonwashable Wool

Silk and special varieties of wool are often marked non washable. Such garments are delicate and cannot withstand the force of detergents and machine cleaning.

Classification of fibers/fabrics

Fabrics are classified based on the source of the building fiber. The major categories include plant based fibers, animal based, mineral based and synthetic.

For example, cotton and jute are plant based fibres. Whereas wool and silk come from animal or non plant origins. Apart from these another category is of synthetic fibres like nylon, polyester and acrylic.

Garments may not be made of just one kind of fibre. Cotton garments are often a mix of cotton and polyester. Pure cotton is often more expensive and less durable and needs more care. Whereas a mix of natural and synthetic fibers is more durable and resistant to various washing methods and also lasts long.

Here is an interesting slideshow that explains the classification of different types of fibers –

Washing and cleaning rules

Even though most are not aware, the rules for washing are quite different for different kind of fabrics. For example you should never try vinegar or lemon juice to remove any kind of stain on a Linen fabric. It can damage the fabric.

Silk should never be washed with bleach. Bleach is too strong and will ruin the whole silk garment. Same caution needs to be applied for other delicate fabrics like wool.

Ammonia should be avoided on both linen and cotton fabrics.

Most cleaning detergents have instructions on them as to what fabrics they are compatible with and which ones to avoid or keep away. Read the instructions on the detergent as well as the fabric label carefully.


To learn more about different kind of fabrics, check the following links –


How to remove red wine stains from carpet

By | June 26, 2016

Remove red wine stains from carpet

Red wine creates very well marked stains, specially on light colored fabrics. If you spill some of it on the carpet you would almost instantly see a patch of color. However removing these stains is not that difficult.

In this post we take a look at some very simple home remedies that can work quite well to remove the stains from your carpet.

Always make sure to do a spot test first to ensure the colorfastness of the carpet fabric. Whatever cleaning solution you intend to use, should be first applied to a hidden part of the fabric to check if the fabric is loosing its color or texture. If not, then it would be safe to proceed.

1. Pour water and blot out

The first thing to do is to absorb away as much wine as you can by diluting it with plain water. This method works best while the stain is fresh and wet. In case of fresh stains, since it has not settled yet, it can be easily dissolved out.

Pour some cold water on the stain spot and then use a tissue paper or paper towel to press on the stain to absort as much stain out as possible. Repeat this process if the stain is in excess.

Afterwards, what would be left is the residue of the stain that would be both light in color and density.

2. Use Vinegar with dishwashing liquid

Take a cup of water and mix about 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in it. Now dampen a piece of sponge or washcloth with this solution and use it to press or dab on the stain.

As the mixture goes into the carpet it will dissolve the wine stain and pull it out on the pressing washcloth. Once the stain goes away, again blot with fresh water and rinse.

3. Rubbing Alcohol

Plain rubbing alcohol is another good option as it will dilute the stain and dissolve it. Pour little bit of alcohol on the stained area and dab with a wash cloth or towel.

You should see the stain getting loose and being absorbed in the washcloth. Keep doing till all of the stain has been removed from the carpet. Once done, rinse with plain cold water again.

4. Salt and Club Soda

This is another trick that can help reduce and remove any traces of the wine stains. Drop some salt on the stain area. Then pour a little bit of club soda or some transparent beverage drink.

Now dab with a wet washcloth and rub a little and the stain should dissolve away. You may use a vacuum to blow the carpet dry.

5. Commercial cleaning solutions

There are plenty of commercial carpet cleaning solutions available. And most of them would do an excellent job. Here are some popular ones

1. Wine Away –
2. OxiClean


The above mentioned solutions should work well for most common type of carpets. However if your carpet is made of special delicate fabric then you should consult a professional instead of trying to lift the stain yourself.

At most you can try to blot the stain with fresh water, and then call a professional immediately before the stain becomes permanent. Professionals use special detergents, chemicals along with specific techniques like steam, that removes stains from delicate fabrics without damaging them. They cost you some extra money but are worth, if the carpet is worth more.

Thanks for reading. For any other queries or suggestions please use the comment box below.

How to remove turmeric stains from clothes

By | June 26, 2016

Removing turmeric stains

Turmeric is a very commonly used spice in many dishes and recipes. And sometimes when you drop some food off your spoon on your clothes, a yellowish stain appears almost instantly. That is how a turmeric stain looks.

Turmeric stains from cooked food settles very fast. The moment you drop it on clothes, a strong stain is set. It needs immediate action to remove it.

First of all, rinse the fabric with water to remove any excess food matter that might have caused the stain. Try rubbing gently with fingers. Afterwards, the only thing left would be a plain yellowish stain.

1. Lemon juice

Lemon contains citric acid which can dissolve and reduce the stain significantly. Use a small piece of lemon and rub the pulp side of it on the stain. Squeeze a little juice on the stain and let it stay for a few minutes. Then gently rub again.

Keep doing till the stain reduces or disappears completely. Once the stain has been treated with lemon, wash as usual with detergent.

However, you should first read the label on the fabric to ensure that it is washable. Some fabrics may not withstand the effect of lemon juice.

Another useful trick is to put the stained clothe in bright sunlight after applying lemon juice. Sunlight has a mild bleaching effect and often helps remove stains faster.

2. Use vinegar

Vinegar consists of acetic acid and has an effect similar to that of lemon. Just mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water in a cup and soak it with a sponge or washcloth.

Then dab the sponge on the stain. You can gently rub it if the garment is a cotton shirt or trousers. Keep doing till the stain is completely gone or atleast reduced a lot.

3. Treat with usual detergent or dishwashing liquid

If some traces of the stain still persist after applying lemon or vinegar, you can try doing some pre-treatment using washing detergent.

First wet the stain with little water and then apply some detergent on it and rub gently so that it becomes like a paste or foam. Let it stay for about 20 minutes like that. Then wash as usual. The stain should be gone.

Alternatively you can also apply dishwashing liquid on the stain and gently rub it to create a foam. Let it stay like that for about 15 minutes and then wash.

4. Commercial cleaner

If the stain is stronger than what you can deal with using the above methods, its time to switch to a real stain remover. There are plenty of products available out there. You can get them from either your local hardware store or online from

Oxiclean is a very popular stain remover product that is used to remove common types of stains from various kinds of fabrics. You can try it.


If the fabric is non-washable or dry clean only, then you should not try any of the above methods yourself. Instead take it to some local dry cleaning service or call a professional.

Always read the label for washing guidelines before applying anything. Certain fabrics are delicate and may get ruined with the effect of solutions like vinegar or bleach.

If you know of any other solution to remove turmeric stains or would like to share you experience, please use the comment box below.

How to remove coffee stains from carpet

By | June 25, 2016

Remove coffee stains

In a previous post here we talked about removing tea stains from carpet. In this post we take a look a bit different kind of stain, that is from coffee.

Coffee stains are similar to tea stains but at times might be a little stronger and require some extra effort to remove. However the methods are nearly same as that of removing tea.

1. Absorb with wet washcloth

Take a clean white washcloth and wet it with plain cold water. Press it on the stain and dab gently. Try to absorb out the stain as much as possible.

This will work only if the stain is fresh and a little wet. For dried stains, this may have no effect.

2. Vinegar

Prepare a mixture containing one part plain white vinegar with 2 parts of water. Now moisten a sponge or washcloth with this solution and again press it on the stained area. You can gently rub the stain in a circular manner to pull out the stain.

Repeat the process, till the stain disappears. Once the stain is gone, rinse with cold water again. Spill some water on the stain area and then soak it out with tissue paper.

3. Lemon with dishwashing liquid

This is an alternative method to the vinegar method. Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice in 1 cup water. Also add a little dishwashing liquid.

Now use this liquid to dampen a sponge or washcloth and then blot or dab the stain with it. Press and rub gently, till the stain dissolves out completely. Once the stain is completely gone, rinse the stained area with fresh cold water again.

Remove any excess moisture pressing a dry towel or tissue paper on the stain area.

4. Commercial stain removers

There are many commercial stain removing solutions that you can use to remove the stain, if none of the above method works. OxiClean is a very popular stain remover that works quite well to remove tea and coffee stains from carpets. You can get it from your local hardware store or


You can also try shaving cream on the stain. Apply very little shaving cream on the stain and then gently rub with a wet sponge. It should dissolve and move the stain out.

Baking soda can also work well to remove the coffee stain. Mix a little baking soda in water and pour the mixture on the stain and then dab and press with a clean towel.

If the the carpet is something expensive and valuable, then you may not want to remove the stain yourself. Instead call a professional for the job.

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