It’s the holiday season which means lots of gatherings and spending time with loved ones. Oh, and everything that comes with it which for me is learning home remedies for removing stains and odor. The stains for when everyone is visiting and the odor before they come because I want my home nice and clean when everyone arrives.
I won’t lie I’m looking forward to everyone coming but dreading the pre-cleaning and mess that comes with holiday gatherings. Sheesh, I wish I could just Rainbow International to come and do it all for me lol. Okay, at least do most of the pre-cleaning.
DIY Home Remedies To Remove Stains and Odors
So to help everyone get their holiday off to a good start I wanted to share a few tips for getting rid of those dreaded spills and funky odors.
OMG, not the red wine:
Use a white cotton towel to blog up as much of the liquid as possible by starting from the outside in. When you see the stain begin to lift, grab another white cotton towel and blow with warm water until the stain comes out. If you cannot get the stain up you can use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution.
The Dreaded Cranberry Sauce Stain
To remove the dreaded cranberry sauce stain simply blot the stain using a white cotton towel and flush using warm water. Next, mix one tablespoon of dish soap with a cup of warm water and continue to blot stain thoroughly. If the stain remains you can apply 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution.
Lipstick is only awesome when it stains our lips:
To remove lipstick stain start by scraping off any excess with a spoon or other dull object. Apply a dry solvent and blog using a white cotton towel. You may need to repeat several times. Once the stain is up rinse with water and blot until dry.
Chocolate, not such a yummy stain:
Start by scraping off as much of the chocolate as possible with s spoon or dull knife. Using a white cotton towels blog the stain with a mixture of warm water and an enzyme detergent. When the stain begins to lift use another clean white cotton towel Scrape off as much chocolate as possible with a spoon or a dull knife. Begin to blot using a white cotton towel with a mixture of warm water and enzyme detergent.
Once you see the stain begin to lift, use another clean white cotton towel and cold water to blog the stained blot thoroughly.
If you have a stain from white wine it’s likely harder to identify, but you can still remove it. Start off by flushing with warm water and a little club soda. Use a white cotton towel and blot dry. If the stain doesn’t life use a 4% Hydrogen Peroxide.
To remove the stain from eggnog use a detergent solution by mixing warm water with an enzyme detergent. Blog using a white cotton towel until stain begins to disappear.
Coffee & tea:
One of my least favorite stains but you can remove it. Just apply a weak solution made with water and a household detergent. Agitate with a clean white cotton towel. Blot and rinse using water. If the stain doesn’t life try using a 3% Hydrogen Peroxide.
Get rid of odors
Here are a few great home remedies to help you get rid of those stinky odors.
Since cigarette smokes tend to travel upwards and latch onto the first surface it comes into contact with ceilings can be the biggest culprit when it comes to smoke smell in the home. So it’s important to remember to clean your walls and ceilings. Try using a mixture of baking soda and hot water to clean your walls and ceilings.
Try using essential oils, like tea tree oil and eucalyptus. These can be an awesome alternative to those chemical-heavy products to mask stinky pet odors. Start by blotting up as much liquid as possible, using a clean white cotton towel dab the area with water to wash away the urine. Grab another clean white cotton towel and cover the spot and place weight on it or a heavy book for 24 hours. Remove the towel and clean the area using a mixture of 12 ounces of water and 1-ounce dishwashing detergent. Blog to dry area. Next, add give to 10 drops of essential oil into a cup of water, transfer into a spray bottle and spray the area using the essential oils solution. The oils will help to eliminate the odor and leave your room smelling fabulous.
Kitchen and garbage smells:
If you need to get out those kitchen and garbage smells try placing an orange or lemon peels at the bottom of your trashcan each time you change the bag. You can also absorb some of those not so great smells using baking soda.
Since life happens and we never know what to expect we should all have someone we can contact for help. Whether you are in need of getting your carpets cleaned or a huge disaster strikes, like your pipes burst, and you need help handling the flood and water damage remember Rainbow International is there to help you with all your needs both big and small.
Rainbow International offers a variety of serves like:
- Fire restoration
- Water damage
- Mold remediation
- Crawl space mold remediation
- Air duct cleaning
- Carpet cleaning
- Odor removal
- Overspray protection
- Trauma scene clean up
- Upholstery cleaning
- Tile, grout, and other hard surface cleaning
- Spot and stain removal
- Board up and tarp over services
- Full serve reconstruction
Huge thanks to Rainbow International Restoration for providing us with some much-needed stain and odor removal tips just in time for the holiday season. Remember, even though we’ve provided you with a variety of tips to help you avoid or at least clean up those holiday disasters you can always contact a pro at Rainbow International, a Neighborly company, for just about any restoration and cleaning needs.
Do you have any home remedies for removing stains and odors? If you do drop us a comment I’d love to hear them.
This is a sponsored post for Rainbow International. All opinions are my own.