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Removing Mustard

  • Lee
  • November 20, 2015

removing mustard

Mustard is one of the harder stains to remove. This delicious sauce can ruin a favorite outfit if you do not take precautions immediately. This sauce is hard to remove due to the turmeric dyes that are found in it. It has been used to dye clothing for many years but can be very hard to remove if not treated properly.

Once you realize that you have gotten mustard on your garment, you need to first scrape away as much mustard as you can without spreading it if possible. If you spread the stain it will only make it worse to get out. Gently scrape away the mustard and rinse with cold water. If you rub the fabric too harshly or fold it over on itself, it would only make the mustard stain spread. The best approach it to turn the garment inside out and rinse the stain on the opposite side so that it doesn’t spread or run.

Once you have rinsed as much excess mustard away as possible, liquid detergent should be applied directly to the stain. The soap will help separate the oils and to break down the stain making it easier to remove in the wash. Let the detergent soak for about 15 minutes, then you can run it under cold water again. Usually, I let it sit about 30 minutes in the cold water before applying the stain remover.

Once you have let the stain soak for 30 minutes or so, spray your choice of stain remover on it. I personally use Resolve as I have found that it is the best over all the products. Let the stain remover sit for another 15 minutes.

Finally, toss it in washing machine, add detergent and hopefully your yellow mustard stain will be gone!

If you are wanting to attempt to remove an old mustard stain, apply a little mustard directly to the spot and then complete the steps above. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but it is definitely worth a try.

If you want more tips and tricks, check out how to make your own laundry detergent or go to our homepage to book a cleaning!

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Nontoxic Cleaning Recipes

  • Lee
  • November 17, 2015

nontoxic cleaning recipes

When you build a house, you have a lot of different tools because each tool is specialized for a job in building the house. Similarly, there are a could of cleaners that are specific to the types of cleaning that is being done. Instead of spending a ton of money on various cleaning supplies, many can be made at home for a fraction of the cost!

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
¼ cup liquid castile soap
1 ¾ cup water
2 tbsp. baking soda
5- 10 drops of essential oils. You can choose from tea tree, lemon, lavender, and orange for smell, but the best oil to add is Thieves or Purification because it kills bacteria. These essential oils are very safe to use and are all natural.

Homemade Bleach for Cleaning (not clothes)
2 cups hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 cups water
10 drops lemon essential oils

Mix all of this together and store in a dark place or dark covered bottle. Light can wreaked the mixture. This will last you one month in a clear container or 2 -3 months in a very dark container.

Homemade Bleach for Laundry Use Only
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 ¼ cup water
5 drops of lemon essential oils

Mix everything together and store in your container of choice. This makes one quart of bleach.

All-natural Ant killer (kills on contact)
2/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup water
20 drops clove essential oil
20 drops tea tree oil
1 tsp liquid castile soap
Mix all ingredients together gently in a spray bottle. Keep away from light and heat.

All- Purpose Cleaner
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
12 drops tea tree oil
6 drops lemon oil

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and clean away. Make sure to shake each time before use.

Test out some of these on your own. If you would like, one of our maids can show you on your next home cleaning

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Is Borax Safe to Use?

  • Lee
  • November 14, 2015

Is Borax Safe to Use

How many times have you read the label of some kind of cleaner and asked yourself is that really safe? Borax is one of those cleaners, it is advertised as an all-natural safe cleaner, until recently.

Borax has always been viewed as the mother of all cleaners. It is used in a wide variety of products and you can find a recipe for everything from skin care to laundry detergent. Borax is considered an all-natural product, but so is arsenic and it isn’t safe for human use. The Environmental Working Group lists Borax as a 5-6 rating so comfortably I have no problem using it in my laundry detergent.

The main concern with Borax is getting it in your eyes or own your skin undiluted. The Dial Corporation gave Borax a rating of 1, which is the exact same as baking soda and salt. While I am not sure why they rated it the same as two products that can be ingested, you wouldn’t rub these products in your eye. Borax is not a product that I would condone to eat, but I think that it is excellent for washing clothes.

So, the big question remains is Borax safe to use? I couldn’t find any evidence that Borax is dangerous if used properly, but what doesn’t come with a warning label to keep out of your eyes? I also didn’t find any information about why it is toxic to ingest other than soil levels, which is dangerous.

To answer the title of this post, I believe that Borax is safe to use. I didn’t find enough evidence to say otherwise and I will continue to use it in my homemade laundry detergent. I also use it to scrub the bath tub with and I think that it does a wonderful job of keeping it clean. I would much rather use Borax in my laundry than other detergent that you can pick up off the shelf. Most laundry detergents were given an “F” with the Environmental Working Group. If you are truly worried about what you are using around your family I wouldn’t be too terribly upset over Borax.

Find out some home cleaning recipes you can make using borax or check out more of our website, here

You can see how the Dial Company rates products here by following this link.
Just for fun you can also check out the EWG rating for detergent by clicking here.

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How to Reduce Pet Allergies

  • Lee
  • November 11, 2015

How to Reduce Pet Allergies

The most logical way to reduce pet allergies would be for your pet to stay outside. I know that they are many animal lovers out there, but really if you have bad allergies they need to live outside.

One of the first ways to help reduce pet allergies is to dust on a regular basis. Dusting with a micro-fiber rag also catches the particles instead of just pushing them around. Make sure you have a good cleaner and dust several times a week.

The next step you need to take is vacuum the carpet every day. If you are going to own a pet in the house vacuuming is one of the most important things you can do.
Another thing you can do is not allow your pet on the furniture. Allowing the animal on the furniture irritates your allergies that much more, especially when you sit down on the couch that your animal just wallowed on.

It is also very important to not allow your pet to sleep with you. When you bring home your pet make sure that the animal knows they must stay off all furniture. This creates very good manners down the road, especially when you have guests and your pet returns to its bed instead of your guest’s lap.

Another thing that you can do is make sure that you keep the animal’s bedding washed. At least once a week, preferably bleach it if possible, wash and dry the animals bedding.

If you are having problems with the odor of your pets, you can check out our other articles on how to remove cat odor and dog odor from your home!

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