Two Safe, Homemade Stain Removers

2 Safe Homemade Stain Removers {Accidentally Green}

Wouldn’t you know it. Last week I was feeling pretty good because I had actually planned a lunch menu for the day – Food Network Magazine’s Tropical Chicken Patties and rice. I was really excited because the rice included turmeric – and I loved adding such a beneficial spice to my family’s meal.

The offender: rice and peas with turmeric, onion, and garlic.

The offender: rice and peas with turmeric, onion, and garlic.

(According to a 2007 report in Advanced Experimental Medical Biology, turmeric “has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic illnesses.”)

My heart stopped as soon as I saw the flying food, though, because I know how badly turmeric stains surfaces. I already own two wooden spoons that are permanently dyed yellow because of turmeric. Since we have light carpeting in our dining room (yes, I realize this was a very foolish choice) I thought FOR SURE we’d have permanent yellow stains.

Because I put the cornstarch on too quickly in a panic, I didn't get a "before" photo. Here's the yellow stain (in the middle) after I swept the cornstarch away.

Because I put the cornstarch on too quickly in a panic, I didn’t get a “before” photo. Here’s the yellow stain (in the middle) after I swept the cornstarch away.

I carefully scooped all the rice off the floor, and there it was, just as I suspected. A huge, bright yellow stain. (Sorry I didn’t even think about taking a photo. At the time I was much more panicked about the horrid stain.) Fortunately I had just looked at Pinterest and noticed a post about a natural carpet cleaner. Frantically, I checked the cleaning idea on Lizzy Writes and gave it a try.

What happened next was nothing short of miraculous. After concocting my own stain remover, I waited and scrubbed – and the turmeric stain vanished. Completely. I even had enough cleaner left over that I used it to clean our shower and bathroom sink.

Carpet stain remover

Need to try it on your own carpet stains? Here’s what I did:

1. Remove any part of the stain that you can – in my case, I picked up the rice. For other stains, you may need to scrape off dried food or drinks.

Voila! The stain vanished!

Voila! The stain vanished!

2. Sprinkle cornstarch on the stain and wait for 15 minutes. (You can also use baking soda, although I didn’t try that.) Vacuum the cornstarch off the carpet.

3. Mix one tablespoon clear dishwashing liquid (I used liquid Ivory), one tablespoon white vinegar, and two cups of hot water.

4. Use a light-colored towel or rag (I used an old dishtowel, but you could very easily use an old T-shirt or old holey sock) and blot, sponge, and scrub the stain away. Depending on the severity of the stain, this may take a lot of effort.

5. Voila! The stain should disappear!

The writing’s on the wall

Speaking of messy accidents with children, Big Brother and Little Sister have had their share of crayon accidents lately. One day, I discovered Little Sister drew all over our dining room wall with a crayon. The next week, I was shocked to watch Big Brother color on our kitchen floor. After a whole lot of correction, I remedied the crayon marks with a trick I wrote about last year. It is so quick and works like a charm every single time:

Simply heat the colored wall (or floor) with a blow dryer, then wipe the crayon marks away with a paper towel. That’s all it takes!

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Hilary Kimes Bernstein is a Christ follower, wife, mama, and journalist. She writes about making healthy decisions that honor God and happen to help the environment at Accidentally Green. Short and sweet - like her writing - Hilary is the author of several healthy living eBooks.

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  2. Ann says

    We live in an apartment and my dad accidentally dropped some curry on the carpet and then he went on to clean the carpet with water and tried to wipe it off!! And then told us about the huge yellow stain on the carpet! Poor Dad :-( he tried to clean but ended up making the stain worse and spreading it.
    we used all sorts of stain remover, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, nothing! its stil. there. At this point its too late to use baking powder andor corn starch becoz we have already used all the cleaning products! Please Help!!

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