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How to Remove Stains Without Using Chemicals

When you make a stain on the carpet or any clothes for that matter, the first thing you might probably be thinking is how to clean it properly. But did you know that you can also recycle it? The good thing about this is that either way the result is still economical. For removing stains, there are ways on how you can remove them without using chemicals. While on the other hand, for recycling clothes you can donate and recycle clothes or can even sell them at a reasonable price.

Of course, whether you’re at home or on vacation, you can always leave removing stains to the cleaning lady who’ll probably do a better job than you, like those from

However, if this is not possible, instead of grabbing the nearest and strongest chemical stain remover, consider some of the natural remedies. They can be just as efficient but can save you money and maybe help save the environment. In that way, you can avoid artificial stain removers which contain so many harmful chemicals such as sulfates and parabens, strong detergents and solvents, and a bunch of artificial colors and fragrances. So here’s how you can avoid them.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is every housewife’s best friend. It can be used for various purposes, among others, to remove carpet stains. Use water and baking soda to make a paste and rub it in to the stain. Afterwards, when the powder dries, just vacuum it up. If you mix it up with coconut oil you can loosen a carpet or upholstery stain very efficiently. This mixture can be also used for teeth whitening.


On the other hand, toothpaste (but NOT the whitening one, as it may bleach the fabric) can help you reduce tea and coffee stains. Rub it into the carpet or clothes and then wash an d rinse as usual. Another remedy for tea and coffee stains is boiling water which should be poured on the trouble spot immediately, or if it’s set, you can try rubbing a paste of borax and water.


Kitchen salt is another home ingredient which can help you with various stains. You can use it to get rid of perspiration stains by making a salt and water paste and rubbing it on the stain before washing, or by soaking the clothes into salt and cold water. It can also help with red wine stains. Rub the salt into the stain as soon as possible and leave it for a couple of hours before washing.


Speak of red wine stains, white wine is an excellent remedy. Pour some of it over the stain and make sure to prevent the spreading with and absorbent towel. Of course, this will not remove the marks completely, but it will make the things somewhat easier.
Alcohol, and not the one in white wine, but the rubbing one, can also help in removing the stains. It’s really effective against ink stains. Soak the clothes in rubbing alcohol for half an hour and the wash out. What’s more, if you want to remove oil stains, put a small amount before washing the fabric in cold water.


Another effective remedy for oil stains is white chalk which should be rubbed in to the stained fabric as soon as possible and washed with cold water, but without using the dryer as it will actually set the stain further.

Baking Soda, Lemon Juice, and Vinegar

Dry baking soda comes to rescue once again when there are grease and oil stains. Sprinkle some of it on the spot to and then brush it off. Afterwards, soak it in undiluted white vinegar for 15 minutes before washing. Vinegar can also be used to remove perspiration stains, by soaking the clothes in the mixture of water and ¼ cup of vinegar and then washing as usual. Finally, lemon juice can be multi-purpose stain remover, from the above mentioned perspiration traces to ink stains or rust stains. However, if you’re not the type of person who has the patience or the time to do their own cleaning, there are numerous agencies willing to help you. You only need to pick the best one for your needs.

To contact MaidThis! Cleaning Service
1942 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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