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5 Simple Tricks To Get Common Stains Out Of Anything

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Stains are inevitable, and sometimes a little dab of Tide to Go won't cut it.

If your pillows are turning yellow, your mattress is smelling funky, or your clothes are stained with mud or sweat, there's a way to get rid of those stubborn stains without having to spend extra money.

Keep reading to see a list of great deep cleaning hacks!

1. Yellow Pillow

My pillowcases get cleaned at least once a week, which should make me feel good when I sleep every night, but it doesn't.

Whenever I go to put them in the washing machine, I can't help but feel disgusted by the pillow itself. I've tried washing them before, but not with much luck. The yellow or slightly brownish stains that are caused by sweat are still there.

Just because your pillow is not white anymore, it doesn't mean you have to throw them out just yet.

We tend to get comfortable with the cushion we put our head to rest on every night, and changing that up will most likely affect our sleep schedule.

Luckily there's a simple solution to getting those pillows look as good as new! The whitening solution was shared on One Good Thing, and it works wonders. All you need are a few cleaning products, which you probably already have in your home.

Materials

  • 1 cup of laundry detergent
  • 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
  • 1 cup bleach
  • 1/2 cup Borax

Direction

  1. Fill 1/3 of your washing machine with hot water.
  2. Then add all the materials listed above.
  3. Turn on the machine, allowing the ingredients to dissolve.
  4. Place your pillows in the washing machine (only two at a time, depending on how big your washing machine is).
  5. Let the pillows go through two rinse cycles.
  6. Then leave them out to dry, preferably in the sun.

2. Mattress Stains

Now that your pillows are going to look as good as new, it's time to get your mattress looking and smelling like the day you bought it!

If you notice a stale or strange odor in your room, and no matter what you clean the smell still lingers, it's probably because of your mattress.

Like pillowcases, you can wash fitted sheets as much as you like but that's not going to make much of a difference.

What you need to do is eliminate odors of your mattress by removing the dirt and moisture in them, which is mostly caused by sweat. If there's blood or urine on your mattress too, we've got you covered.

If this doesn't sound like a big deal to you, it should. The more dirty your mattress is, the more dust mites it will attract.

If cleaning a mattress sounds like an impossible task to you, don't worry, you're not the only one who has felt this way. There's actually a simple way to rid rid of those stubborn stains that won't come out with a gentle scrub.

To get a deep-clean, you'll just need a few ingredients.

Materials

  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Scrub brush
  • Sieve

Directions

  1. Remove everything on your bed, including the fitted sheet.
  2. Vacuum the top of the mattress, and work your way down to the sides and edges.
  3. Using a sieve, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the mattress and gently rub it in with a scrub brush.
  4. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then vacuum the baking soda.
  5. Once you've eliminated the odor, now it's time to treat the stains. For stubborn stains you'll want to use hydrogen peroxide mixed with liquid soap and salt, but for any other kind of stain spray some diluted dish soap and let sit for 10 minutes. Then remove the liquid, but make sure to not apply too much water!

3. Wine On Carpet

We've all had some alcohol spill on the carpet at some point in our lives, and if that hasn't happened to you, be prepared.

The worst is a red wine spill. It's such an eye sore and unfortunate reminder of the clutz who accidentally spilled it.

Before you tear out your carpet, like I once did, try this simple trick to remove that stubborn stain. The best part is that it won't cost you a thing! If the wine spill is still fresh, follow these instructions.

Materials

  • Towel
  • Salt
  • Club Soda

Directions

  1. Try to absorb as much as liquid as you can with a towel. Make sure you're not spreading the stain!
  2. Pour club soda on top of the stain and let is sit.
  3. If the fizzy liquid isn't removing the stain, add a very generous amount of salt. The more salt you add, the more wine will be absorbed.

If the stain seems beyond fixable, try mixing three parts hydrogen peroxide to one part dish soap. Most stain removers include these two ingredients, so making it yourself will save you time and money.

4. Sweat-Stained Clothes

Whether it's the white collar or the armpit area of your favorite white shirt, don't sweat it, there's a way to get those stains out.

I remember my husband having to buy new white dress shirts every single month. I wouldn't blame him, those yellow sweat stains looked pretty bad.

But then I came across this perfect mixture that you can make at home to clean that unwanted discoloration.

Keep in mind that these stains can be caused by sweat, but they're mostly the result of a reaction between your deodorant and your body.

Materials

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide

Directions

  1. Soak your stained shirts in a bowl filled with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. Let soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Mix together the baking soda, salt, and hydrogen peroxide in a different bowl until it forms a paste. The hydrogen peroxide will whiten the stain, while the baking soda and salt remove it completely.
  3. Take the shirts out of the vinegar water and squeeze them until they're damp. Lay the shirts on a towel and apply the paste. Let sit for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Put your shirts with your other white laundry load, and when they come out they should look as good as new!

Money-Saving Tip:

To prevent these yellow stains from forming on your new white shirts, make sure you scrub the armpit or collar area with soap before you toss it in the washing machine.

5. Mud-Stained Clothes

Contrary to popular opinion, it's not impossible to get rid of mud stains on your clothes, carpet, or furniture.

There's no excuse not to work in the garden, spend some time in the outdoors, or have a little fun and splash in mud puddles with your children or grandchildren.

Whatever the color of the mud is, there's a way to remove it once and for all.

After a one-week hiking trip, my light gray raincoat was unrecognizable, but I came up with a simple method to make it go back to what it looked like when I first bought it.

All the materials you need are already in your home!

Materials

  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Chlorine bleach (optional)

Directions

  1. If mud is still caked on your clothes, brush it off first.
  2. Combine 4 cups of warm water, liquid dish detergent, and vinegar in a big bucket. Put your mud-stained clothes in and leave for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with water and let the clothes dry in the mud.
  4. If the stain is still there, sponge the affected area with rubbing alcohol, then rinse with water and put the clothes in the washing machine. If it's safe to use bleach on your clothing, pour a little in before you wash them.

Which cleaning hack will you try first?

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for almost a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.