Effectively Cleaning Sweat Stains From Shirts

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Yellow stains on garments are caused by the reaction between the salts in your sweat and anti-perspirant ingredients with aluminum compounds. You can prevent the stains by wearing an undergarment to protect the outer garment or switching to an anti-perspirant with a low amount of aluminum compounds.

Yellow stains should be removed as soon as possible. Leaving the stains on the garments can make them set in and become harder to remove. If your white shirts are showing yellow underarm stains, there are a number of ways you can remove the coloration. Here are two stain removal methods you can use:

i) The 1:1:1 method
Mix one part of water, hydrogen peroxide and baking powder into a solution and use it to treat the stain. Ideally, the ingredients should be about ¼ cup. Use a thick white towel to protect the counter top from getting stained by the solution. Rub the solution on the shirt and allow it to work for at least 30 minutes. Finally, use an old toothbrush to loosen any residue on the garment and then wash normally with warm water.

ii) The 1:1 method
Mix one part of household ammonia and an oxygen-based bleach to treat the stains. Mix about 2 tablespoons of each solution and rub it on the stain for at least 30 seconds and allow it to work for about 10 minutes. When working, wear rubber gloves and protect your countertop with a thick white towel. Also, make sure you work in a well-ventilated room.

How to Clean Sweat Stains for Dark Shirts
Yellow sweat stains may not be obvious on dark colored shirts but can result into some odor, residue or stiffness under the arms. You can remove the buildup and freshen the garment by using distilled white vinegar. Fill a bucket with cold water with a cup of distilled white vinegar and leave the shirt to soak for about 30 minutes. After this, use an old toothbrush to scrub off the residue and wash the shirt normally.

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Smart Cleaning Uses For Alcohol

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Rubbing alcohol is possibly one of the most versatile cleaning agents when it comes to the household. You can clean everything from surprise drawings to the blinds and everything in between. With just a few other bits you can easily find around the house, you can quickly and easily clean up if you ever find yourself out of store bought cleaners.

AlcoholOne of the quickest and easiest things to do when cleaning with alcohol is removing hairspray from a mirror. Just grab a rag and spritz with a bit of alcohol and that sticky residue will be gone in a matter of moments. Not even the sturdiest holding hairsprays will hold up to this trick, leaving you with a clear view of your smiling face.

Speaking of clear views, windows are another article that you can use rubbing alcohol to clean. For this one, it is easiest to use a newspaper rather than a washcloth or paper towel as those can both leave particles behind on your windows. Just mix a solution of 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol to 1 quart (1 liter) water and not only will you have a streak-free window, it will also keep the frost off in those chilly winter months.

With the help of a spatula or drywall knife, the hassle of cleaning venetian blinds is suddenly made hassle-free. If you put a cloth over the spatula or drywall knife then keep it tight with a rubber band or hair tie, you simply dip the cloth into a bit of alcohol and swipe it across the blinds. Much easier than trying desperately not to bend them when attempting to clean it with your hand.

How to Remove Permanent Marker

Did you lose track of your child and a permanent marker? With a bit of rubbing alcohol, whatever drawing your sweet might have left for you will be gone in a matter of seconds. The alcohol dissolves the marker back into a liquid state for easy wipe-ability.

These are just a few of the ways you can improve your life and home with rubbing alcohol. From the bathroom to the kitchen to the dog, you can make life a little easier with just one ingredient: everyday rubbing alcohol. We hope you found this article informative and entertaining. If you did, perhaps some of our other articles might peak your interest and help you keep your home and life sparkling clean.

Secrets To Cleaning Your Floors

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There are many kinds of disinfecting and floor cleaning products available at all supermarkets and hardware stores. They range in effectiveness, price, and level of toxicity. However, what many chemical manufacturing companies do not tell consumers is that some of the most effective products available for cleaning floors are simple everyday items available in most homes.

Clean Water

There are many situations where clean water is the best solution for cleaning floors. This may seem like an oversimplification; however, pure, clean water is perfect for cleaning hard tile, ceramic, and many natural stone floors. Some cleaning products available on the market can leave streaks on the surface of tile floors, while others can cause chemical damage to some natural stone floors, causing them to permanently stain.

In most cases, it would be better to clean hard surface floors with hot to lukewarm water, and mop the surface regularly. Since moisture does not pose a problem to a properly installed hard surface floor, they can then be left to dry naturally. However, it is important to understand that certain types of floors can be damaged by standing water. This includes hardwoods, cork, carpet, laminates, and some linoleum installations.

Vinegar

Vinegar is an excellent flooring disinfectant, which can be used to clean a variety of flooring surfaces including laminates, stone, brick, tiles, and resilient flooring. Since the smell of vinegar can be quite strong, it should be diluted in a mixture of about a gallon of water to one cup of vinegar. However, a more concentrated mixture can be used to tackle more stubborn stains, including carpet stains.

Rubbing Alcohol

Mixed with water, rubbing alcohol can be a good cleaning agent for resilient flooring and hard tile. In a pinch, it can be used as a spot stain remover. However, rubbing alcohol has a distinct scent, which can be offensive to certain people.

Translucent Dishwashing Detergent

The very same soapy suds people use to clean their plates can also be used to clean floors. A tiny amount of this detergent mixed in a cup of water creates a very effective floor cleaning solution. However, it is important to use translucent soap as the dyes in colored dishwashing detergents can stain certain types of surfaces.

Olive Oil For Hardwood Floors

Olive oil can be applied to hardwood flooring to enhance its shimmering sheen. One should mix a half a cup of this slick, silky substance into a gallon of warm water and apply it to the flooring with smooth, even strokes of the mop.

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The Best Tips For Cleaning Your Oven

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Keeping your oven clean is a great way of keeping it in good condition all the time. Although there are so many ways which you can use to keep your oven sparkling, it is preferable to stick to the simple and easy solutions that can be easily done at home. The following are some of the main oven cleaning solutions for the ordinary home owner:

Aluminum Foil

The primary purpose of aluminum foil is to act as a preventive measure other than a cleaning solution.  In case you are baking anything, you should line the rack below the oven with a layer or two of aluminum foil just to keep the mess off your oven. However, don’t do this with the bottom of the oven as it may cause a fire.

Use Ammonia

Ammonia offers a practical and easy way to clean up an oven. The first step is to turn on the oven and let it heat up to a temperature of about 65°C. Dilute ammonia with warm water and leave it in the oven for at least one night. Use the liquid the next day to wipe your oven using a cloth. However, it is important to note that this method is designed for the electric oven and should not be used for a gas oven.

Use Vinegar

Vinegar is a very strong oven cleaning agent that can be used to deal with tough stains such as oils and grease spatters. Cleaning your oven using vinegar is quite easy. Just dip a sponge into undiluted vinegar and use it to wipe all the areas that need some cleaning. White vinegar is considered one of the most effective solutions in dealing with oils and grease spatters and should come handy in making your oven as clean as possible.

Cleaning your oven and making it spotless takes very simple DIY (Do It Yourself) solutions. Remember, there are a lot of benefits of oven cleaning and it should be really easy to keep your oven sparkling all day.

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The Best Way To Clean Your Kitchen Freezer

178499624Keeping the kitchen clean means keeping the stove, refrigerator, counter tops and floors clean as well as keeping the freezer clean. The freezer is the most complicated of these items to clean because it involves defrosting the chamber and removing the frozen food. It is simple to do if you follow these easy steps.

To clean the kitchen freezer, first gather these items for the cleaning process: a clean sponge or rag, paper towels, white vinegar, water, baking soda and a toothbrush.  Begin by removing the frozen food stored in it. Next, you should defrost the freezer.  Unplug the freezer from the wall outlet and open the door or lid. If ice has built up inside the freezer, you will have to wait until the ice melts and sop up the water.  The easiest method is to remove chunks of ice as they are freed from the surface of the freezer.

Wipe the freezer down removing any food particles and liquids stuck on the walls or bottom. Take any shelves or drawers out of the freezer to wash in the sink. Scrub them using a cleaning solution made from vinegar and warm water. Rinse with plain water. You’ll want to clean the interior of the freezer as well as the exterior, especially the door. To remove stubborn stains or spills in tight spaces, use the toothbrush to scrub them off.

How to Deodorize Your Freezer

To deodorize the freezer, mix water and baking soda together and apply the mixture to a rag and wash down the freezer. Use a cloth towel or paper towel to dry the interior walls, bottom and shelves or drawers.  Allow the freezer to dry thoroughly. Plug it back into the outlet and reload the food.

A clean kitchen freezer preserves food without capturing foul odors. It also allows you to organize your food better, because there is more room when ice isn’t adhering to the walls. Now, you can find the food easier and you have room to store more food. Follow these steps a few times each year and you’ll always have a roomy, fresh smelling kitchen freezer.

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How To Properly Clean Your Laundry Iron

180455547Irons are very useful to those who like to wear neat and freshly-pressed clothing. On the other hand, using a sticky, stained iron can be annoying and dangerous. If you’re having dilemmas with your dirty iron, you don’t need to purchase a new one right away. There are simple ways that you can try to help your steam iron become useful again.

Removing Waxy Substances From Your Iron

Hot irons tend to melt some waxy elements, especially on printed clothing. As these sticky substances accumulate, it gets tougher to run irons smoothly. If you’re having this problem with your iron, get a couple of pages from your old newspaper and set your machine to the hottest. Continuously run the iron into the newspaper until the wax is gone.

Removing Oil From Your Iron

No one wants to press clothes with an only iron. If you’ve accidentally spilled an oily substance into the soleplate, just get a damp cloth with a little bit of ammonia. Gently wipe the cloth onto the surface until the oil is gone. Get another damp cloth without ammonia and wipe the bottom of the iron a couple of times to remove any residue.

Clean a Clogged Reservoir From Your Iron

Some irons have built-in reservoirs so people don’t need separate sprayers when pressing their wrinkled clothes. Then again, these reservoirs can get clogged overtime, which makes it difficult to use them. In order to clean a clogged reservoir, just mix one part of water to one part of vinegar then carefully pour the mixture into the iron’s water compartment. Allow the iron to steam for a few minutes then drain the solution after an hour. Keep repeating the process until the reservoir becomes clean. Don’t put any garments beneath if the water doesn’t look clear to avoid hard-to-remove stains on your clothing.

These are just a few effective ways on how to clean your iron. There are other techniques that you can try, but so far, these ones have been proven by most homemakers.

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