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Stains are a recurring problem in everyone’s home– especially after the holidays when your house has been torn through by the hurricane that is your extended family. It’s okay to say so, you love the people but not the mess that’s left behind.
So now, you want the dirt and all evidence of its existence in your home eliminated, but Big-Brand stain cleaners have toxic chemicals that are proven to harm your health. In fact, the most popular stain remover, we’ll call it RoxiClean, can cause chemical burns to the mouth, tongue, and throat if ingested (among many other health complications)– putting you at risk from the second you open the container.
Harsh Chemicals Are Unnecessary
In fact, the Safety Data Sheet for this familiar product suggests wearing protective gloves, goggles, a mask, and protective clothing. Now that’s not something Milly Bays warned us about in the infomercials, now is it?
Not only are chemical spot treatments hazardous to your health, they could permanently damage the item you’re trying to clean. The chemicals in these products hold the potential to react with the chemicals used to make your carpets, upholstery, clothes, etc. Chemical reactions are no joke, either. They can not only damage materials, but can also cause irreversible damage to those products, changing them forever. If you ask us, that seems counterintuitive.
There’s a Better Way!
Non-toxic cleaners work just as effectively without the risk of harming your loved ones or your beloved rugs. By using surfactants powerful enough to disrupt stains on a cellular level, you get a clean home without any of the risk. While the ingredients in these spot cleaners are made of chemicals, they’re non-corrosive and derived from plants, making them safe enough to use around babies–without suiting them up in PPE just to play on the carpet.
You’ve Got Options!
When it comes to natural cleaning remedies to remove tough stains like wine for example, you have a few options to try out.
Baking Soda & Vinegar
For this home remedy, think back to the elementary school science fair days of paper mache volcanoes! Sprinkle some baking soda onto the stain followed by a drizzle of white vinegar. The chemical reaction that happens when the vinegar touches the baking soda will cause oxidation, a process similar to what happens with ‘RoxiClean’, making this a much safer alternative to that ol’ box of hazardous chemicals. This method does come with a little risk, though. Because a chemical reaction is happening, there is still potential for pigment to be stripped from the fabric or for a residue to be left behind on delicate items.
We like this option because there’s really no downside to giving it a try. Be warned that you may not see results, though.While this method isn’t the most reliable, it’s still worth a shot since no chemicals are involved. All you need to do is pour a dash of club soda onto the stain and blot it with an absorbent towel. The bubbles in the soda work to break apart the mess, but doesn’t always guarantee a complete clean.
Milk & Cornstarch
This one was new for us, but we had to share since some people swear by this. Hey, guess a little spilled milk comes in handy sometimes!
- While the stain is fresh, make a paste out of the cornstarch and milk that can be applied to the carpet with a paper towel.
- Let the mixture sit on the stain until it is completely dry (about 4-5 hours)
- Vacuum up the dried bits. The stain should disappear like magic, but there may be a slightly milky smell left behind, so try to go easy on overusing this method.
Now, we’ve heard of using shaving cream on mirrors to prevent fogging, but now apparently using it to remove stains is all the rage! While we haven’t heard what brand is best, it looks like you’ll want to use the old-fashioned kind, not gel– and make sure it’s white! To use as a spot treatment, dilute the stain with water before applying a healthy amount of shaving cream over it. Then, using a damp sponge, scrub at the stain until it’s gone!
Truly Free Odor & Stain Eliminator
By far the easiest and most reliable spot cleaner that won’t put your family or your belongings in harm’s way. Using the power of plants, this spot cleaner disrupts stains on a cellular level to get rid of them at their source. Not only is this spot cleaner 100% non-toxic, it’s also biodegradable! This means that when you rinse it out of your clothes, you won’t have to worry about polluting the water supply! Also, it’s safe to use around kids of all shapes and breeds. (looking at you, fur parents) so go ahead and spray it on your carpets, clothes, walls, litter box, pet bed– anywhere you need to eliminate tough odors and stains.
As we head into the new year, leave toxic chemicals behind in 2021! With today’s advanced technology, germs and bacteria can be eliminated without the use of hazardous chemicals, so why keep them in your life? Like any other toxic thing bringing you down, it’s time to cut it out! Luckily, when it comes to the cleaners you use, removing the toxicity is as simple as switching brands!