Consumers are much more environmentally friendly these days, and they like to use more natural methods of cleaning. However, when it comes to stains, most people will still turn to products that are high in damaging chemicals to try and get rid of them, but there are many natural ways of helping to reduce the appearance of a stain.
Natural Cleaning Product: Vinegar
From wine stains, to grease, white vinegar makes a great, all-natural stain remover. Many stains will respond well to being soaked or covered in vinegar and then thoroughly rinsed off. Don’t leave the vinegar on for too long, and don’t use it on delicate fabrics in case the acid in the vinegar is too strong.
Natural Cleaning Product: Water
If there isn’t any other natural stain remover to hand, then water is the best option. Often, the secret to removing a stain is to get to it as soon as possible before it has had chance to sink into the fabric. Begin by removing what you can of the stain with a cloth or paper towel, and then use water. The water shouldn’t be too hot, or it is likely to make the stain worse.
Natural Cleaning Product: Salt
Salt acts as an abrasive so it can be effective at removing hard to remove or dried stains. For recent stains, soak the item in a bowl of salted water; for ground in stains, make a light paste with some water and apply it to the stain. Corn-starch can also be used to help remove – or at least reduce – a stain and coca cola can be effective as well – just be careful you don’t create another stain with the coca cola when applying it.
Natural Cleaning Product: Lemon Juice
The citric acid contained in lemon juice makes it an ideal stain remover. Citric acid acts as a natural bleaching agent and can help stains to appear lighter; however, care should be taken on delicate fabrics. Before using juice, remove what you can of the stain first, and then apply a few drops of lemon juice. Some people advise using the juice on the reverse side of the stain, rather than directly on it.