Not all messes in the home can be cleaned off with a little soap and water. Some of them require extra special cleaning instruments and exotic cleaning chemicals. Or you can just go with some tried and true methods for getting rid of some tough stains and messes with common household items.
Sap is ridiculously sticky. You can get syrup out most of the time with some water, but sap is another story, and it can be very difficult to remove it completely, that is, unless you use some peanut butter. Whether the sap is on your windshield, your hand or your clothes, just rolling some peanut butter on it is enough to make it easy to remove.
Oil Stains On Fabric
Olive oil doesn’t want to come out after it settles into fabric, but you can use a little trick to get it out. Just use a little cosmetic face powder on the stain and rub at it softly. You need to let it set for a couple of hours, but afterwards you can just push it right off. The powder will absorb the oil, but it may not always get the entirety of it. If some remains behind, just repeat the process. You can finish by putting the clothing into the wash and cleaning it like normal.
Pen On Upholstery
If someone writes on your microfiber sofa with a ballpoint pen, you don’t have to think of a way to cover it up. Instead, you can use hairspray to get it out. Spray the marks from about six inches away then blot at it with a dry cloth.
Marker On Wood
Permanent marker is a pain to get out of anywhere, but wood poses particularly difficult problems. You don’t have to fret though, as you can use toothpaste for the job. Make sure you are using pasty toothpaste and not the gel variety. Just rub the paste on the marks and wipe off everything with a dry towel or paper towel. You can actually use this same trick to fix up scratched CDs.
Pee In A Mattress
Most people put waterproof mattress pad’s on their kids’ beds if they don’t want to deal with a pee-soaked mattress. But you may forget to do that or you just may not have the option. Don’t fret through, as this tip will help you get out the smell.
Use some distilled vinegar and soak the affected area. Let that vinegar sit for a few minutes, then blot at it with a damp towel. The mattress may not smell very nice right away, but that pee smell will go away much quicker, and the vinegar smell will wear off fast as well.
These not-so-permanent tattoos are a lot easier to get off than the real deal, but they can still be a pain. You just need to rub the area with baby oil though to get the tattoo off.
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