The holidays are right around the corner – a time we want to dress up our tables for special dinners. With this comes the possibility of staining our holiday tablecloths. Please read below to discover ways of removing certain types of stains from these special coverings.
For all stains, it is important to:
- Check laundry for stains before washing. Many stains need pretreatment.
- Take care of stains promptly. Fresh stains are much easier to remove than those over 24 hours old.
- Blot up any excess liquid with a clean white cloth or paper towel.
- Inspect wet laundry before drying to be sure a stain has been removed. If a stain is still evident, do not dryer dry. The heat of drying makes the stain more permanent.
For Cranberry, Apple, Grape, and Orange Stains as well as Wine Stains (also referred to as Tannin Stains):
- Do NOT use natural soap (usually in bar form). Wash in hot water with detergent (Wisk, Era, Tide). Fresh stains are usually removed by laundering the fabric using detergent in hot water (f safe for the fabric), without any special treatment.
- Old tannin stains may need bleaching for more complete removal.
For Candle Wax and Gravy, Use a two step treatment:
- Remove the oil/waxy portion of the stain, then
- Remove the dye portion using bleach (f safe for the fabric).
- Spray or sponge with a dry-cleaning solvent or tret with a stain stick. Then rub with heavy duty liquid detergent and scrub in hot water.
- Soak in an all-fabric bleach diluted according to package directions. Use liquid chlorine bleach for tough dye stains on fabrics that are color fast to bleach. Wash in as hot of water allowable for fabric using detergent.
Cleaning, Holiday ideas, Laundry, Textiles
Are your aluminum pans discolored?Discoloration that appears on aluminum utensils can be removed by boiling a solution of two to three tablespoons of cream of tartar, lemon juice or vinegar to each quart of water in the utensil for 5 to 10 minutes. Next, lightly scour with a soap-filled scouring pad. Cooking acid foods such as tomatoes or rhubarb will remove the stains naturally without affecting the cooked food product. To remove stains from the aluminum exterior, use a non-abrasive cleanser.
Cleaning, Household Equipment
Did you know you can make your own laundry detergent from just a few simple ingredients. You can even use it in your HE washer. There are several recipes available; you may want to try more than one of them.
Cleaning, Home Environment, Laundry
If you are thinking about replacing your iron because it just doesn’t steam like it used to, consider cleaning it. It really isn’t very hard or time consuming to clean a steam iron.
Water has begun to drip out of the iron.
Place the iron on a rack on top of a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet on a cutting board or potholders to protect your kitchen countertop from the heat. Fill the water compartment and then put the iron face down (on the sole plate) on the rack. In just a few minutes, water will begin to drip from the holes. Let the water drip until the compartment is empty.
Steam coming out of the iron. See it against the wooden back splash.
Next refill the water compartment and put the iron back on the rack. Set the iron for the hottest ironing temperature and again set it on the sole plate. Allow the iron to spit and steam until the compartment is empty again. You will be surprised to see the amount of lint and minerals that came out of the iron. I was surprised at the amount of mineral particles of left on the cookie sheet.
If the sole plate of the iron needs cleaning, use baking soda as a scouring power. That will remove any marks or debris without scratching the non stick surface that is on many irons today. Be sure not to accidentally fill the newly clean holes in the bottom of the iron with baking soda.
Do not use steam iron cleaners or other fluids like vinegar as such solutions may damage the iron interior.
Baking soda can clean tarnish from silver by using a chemical reaction. To clean your silver, add a tablespoon of soda to a pan of boiling water with aluminum foil in the bottom. Dip the silver into the water, (DO NOT LET IT SOAK) and move it back and forth until you see the tarnish leave. It even works on silver with a design on it like in the picture. DO NOT use this on silver with soldered handles. Wipe dry after removing it from the pan and enjoy your beautifully cleaned silver!
Cleaning, Consumer Management, Home Environment
Need help removing sticky residue? Just apply some cooking oil to the sticky and rub well. Next wash well with soap and water. The residue will be gone.
Did you know that baking soda is a safe scouring powder that can be used on any surface without scratching? Simply dip a damp cloth into some baking soda and scrub, rinse with water. You will be amazed at the results.
Cleaning, Household Equipment