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9 Methods For Stain Removal around the House

 After a long period of constant use of a particular item, it makes sense that the item will become damaged and suffer from scratches or stains. Usually, we just get used to the situation and accept it as it is, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. You can save your favorite items and bring them back to the way they were when you first bought them, and all you need is to learn how. That’s exactly why we’ve compiled this list of 9 tips for removing scratches and stains around the house that will restore your furniture and household appliances to excellent condition.


1. Stains on plastic boxes

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Are you sick of tomato sauces staining your plastic containers? If you have this problem, all you need to do is just take 2 denture cleaning tablets (you can get them at the drugstore) and put them into the plastic box with lukewarm water. Then rub with a kitchen sponge and watch the box come back to new.

2. Stains on plastic cutting boards

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If your cutting board seems dirty even after you wash it, it is time to clean it as follows: Squeeze 10 drops of lemon juice or lemon oil into a half cup of water, dip a cleaning sponge in the mixture and rub it on the board well. Once you're done, leave the board in a bright place for a day and the stains will disappear.

3. Stains on wooden cutting boards

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If you are using a wood cutting board, you should try this method to clean it: pour vinegar on the cutting board and wait 10 minutes, then pour hydrogen peroxide onto the board and wait another 10 minutes. Make sure you cover the entire board with the liquid to clean it properly. You can then return the natural color to the board by scrubbing it with a sponge soaked in coconut oil, in circular motions. Finally, rinse well with lukewarm water and let the board dry.

4. Stains on the bottom of copper pots

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No one likes a pot with a blackened bottom. Fortunately, the solution to the problem is quite simple: sprinkle a little coarse salt on the bottom of the pot, and pour a little vinegar on it (you'll notice the color change at this point). Use a sponge to mix the vinegar and salt together and rub the bottom of the pot. The result will surprise you.

5. Remove rust from a cast iron pan

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Just because the pan is rusty doesn’t mean you have to throw it away ... All you need is to collect the necessary materials and follow these instructions:

  • Remove as much of the rust layer as possible with steel wool.
  • Rinse the pan thoroughly with lukewarm water and a little dish soap. Rub the skillet with a sponge to get rid of additional stain residues if necessary.
  • Dry the pan with a kitchen towel.
  • Cover the pan with a little vegetable oil of your choice. Cover everything with oil, including the bottom and the handle.
  • Place the pan in the oven (upside down) on the top shelf. On the bottom shelf, place baking paper or aluminum pan to catch the drops of oil that will fall.
  • Allow the pan to sit in the oven for one hour at 350 degrees F (180 ° C).
  • Turn off the oven, let the pan cool down, and see the difference!

6. Scratches on wooden furniture

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If your stair rail or table feet have accumulated quite a few scratches over the years, all you have to do is prepare a mixture of a ¾ cup olive oil and a ¼ cup apple cider vinegar. Mix the ingredients together and transfer the sponge to the mixture on the wood. If this doesn’t help, click here to find out more 14 methods for sprucing up old wooden furniture.

7. Scratches on leather 

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The scratches themselves can’t be removed, but they can be purposely concealed with a little soap and lukewarm water. If this doesn’t help, apply some oil onto the scratch with a paper towel and rub it in (you may need to let the oil absorb into the paper towel first). Then clean the remaining oil with a dry paper towel.


8. Stains on pillows

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Many people don’t wash pillows in the washing machine, but you will be surprised to hear that there is a safe way to do just that, and it’s very simple. Make sure you have a cup of powdered or liquid detergent, half a cup of baking soda, one cup of dish soap, one cup of bleach, and then try the following method:

  • Be sure to check the tag on the pillow to make sure the pillow is okay for laundering in the washing machine and if so, operate the machine on the longest and warmest setting possible. As the water fills up, add the ingredients.
  • Note that if you have a side door machine, you won’t be able to add the ingredients while the water fills, therefore, fill a tub with the ingredients and let the pillow soak in them before putting it in the washing machine.
  •  After a few minutes, check to see that the other ingredients have dissolved, and as soon as they have, launder 2 pillows together to make sure the machine is completely full, and don’t worry if they both aren’t fully submerged in the water.
  • After a few minutes flip the pillows so whoever was on the top is now on the bottom (and vice versa). Once you’ve done this, leave the machine open and let the pillows so for an hour or two. Then start the machine again and let it finish a full cycle.
  • After the cycle finishes its time you dry the pillows. You can do this in the dryer. Simply throw the pillows into the dryer and add some tennis balls in socks to keep them fluffy. If your pillows are synthetic, set the dryer to the lowest heat. If the pillows are made of feathers, dry on cool air.
  • When the machine has finished, you can take out the pillows and admire how clean they are.

9. Stains on a microfiber sofa

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If the old sofa you love so much is covered in stains resulting from soft drink spills, pen scribbles, or any other food-related stain, just follow the next guide and all your troubles will disappear:

  • Carefully rub the sofa with a brush to loosen all the dirt. If you find a lot of crumbs on the sofa, you may want to use a vacuum cleaner.
  • Spray 70% alcohol on the stains. The area should be moist, but not completely wet.
  • Rub the damp area with a sponge and repeat the process until the sofa is cleaned.
  • Finally, wait for the sofa to dry before you sit on it.
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