Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Universal stain remover recipe

Mix 3 parts 90% alcohol with 1 part water (eg 3 cups alcohol and 1 cup water). You can use this to clean wine, sugar and other hard stains. If you add white vinegar you can remove coffee and tea stains with it. Alcohol, gasoline, acetone are known stain removers, but don’t use alcoholic beverages, perfumes (they can leave a stain) – use only high concentrated alcohol you can buy at a drug store. Since these substances can also remove paint be very careful not to damage whatever you are trying to clean.

Cleaning stains from hair dye

Best way to get hair dye from your skin after dying your hair is with a lemon or a cigarette ash.

Cleaning the grass stains

Best way is to use lemon or alcohol (highly concentrated, pure alcohol) and wash with a detergent.

Cleaning and removing fruit and juice stains

Tap the stain gently with a alcohol soaked cloth or with lemon juice and dry it with a dry cloth.

Cleaning the glue and chewing gum stains

Best way to get glue or chewing gum from your clothes is to act immediately. Cool down the stain with cold water or ice cube. Best trick is to freeze it like a chewing gum with an ice spray and then remove it gently with something not sharp, like a spoon.

Cleaning the blood stains

If blood stains are fresh you can wash them in cold water or in lukewarm salted water. Any stains that are left afterwards can be removed with baking soda or a strong detergent. Wool items stained with blood should be left soaking in water mixed with baking powder. If you have a clothing that tends to release colors when washed leave it soaking in salted water and wash in usual way.

Cleaning tea stains

If the stain is on your tea cup you can remove it with lemon juice. Stains on your clothes should be soaked while fresh or rubbed with cold milk and then washed in usual way.

Dark wine stains

The stains from dark wine can be removed easily. Don’t try to remove them with water, sprinkle some kitchen salt over the stain, rub it in and leave it to sit for about 10 minutes. After removing the salt, if the stain is still there, rub it with a half of lemon. You can try to remove it with alcohol if it’s still there.

Cleaning the  grease stains

The stain should be sprinkled and cowered with talk powder to absorb the fat and then brushed and cleaned with alcohol and washed with detergent. From upholstered furniture stain should be removed with a detergent foam.

To remove a stain from an important paper place one piece of paper under that page and then iron the greased paper with a medium warm iron.

Cleaning the carpet stains

Try to scrape chalk on the stain and cover it with a thin piece of paper. Go over the paper with a medium warm iron. If the stain is still there try the procedure few times.

Cleaning the parafin (wax) stains

Scrape the wax gently, vacuum and place thin sheet of newspaper over it and use an iron heated to 50°C few times over the paper to soften the wax.

Cell phone cleaning

Best way to make your phone clean again is to use few drops of alcohol on a piece of cotton or paper napkin just to make it moist and gently clean the phone. Phone should be off for this until the alcohol vaporizes. Use less concentrated alcohol because high concentrated can damage the phone.

You can also use a window cleaner.

Charging port can be cleaned with a soft tooth brush, lightly damped with a window cleaner solution. Don’t get the battery wet. Some phone manufactures have a small dot or line on a battery that changes color when wet. If this happens they can deny your warranty.

Cleaning the limescale from faucet

Every faucet will get some limescale eventually on its aerator (fine net on the end) that will effect the flow. To clean it unscrew it from the faucet with your hands or with pliers. If you use pliers place a piece of cloth over it because pliers can damage it.

Place the aerator in a cup with some water and vinegar – this will dissolve the limescale. Wash the aerator and screw it back on the faucet. Don’t use the cleaning solutions on this because they are very aggressive and can damage chromed parts. Simple vinegar from your kitchen is best for this and lot safer for you and environment.