7 Common Stains and How to Remove Them

The threat of stains is everywhere. Every time we eat, go outdoors, do a DIY project, or even do office work we encounter things that can ruin our clothing in a flash. Because money can be tight and no one wants to have to toss away clothing, it’s important to know how to approach these stains and effectively treat them. Take a look below at 7 common stains and how to remove them so you’ll be ready to tackle stains in the future and make sure they don’t get the chance to set in! Here is what you need to know about treating common stains:

7 Common Stains and How to Remove Them

This stain removal guide has everything you need to know about treating common stains! #cleaningtips #stainremoval

1. Grass.

Pretreat the stain using an oxygenated cleaner. (I love Baby OxiClean. It seems to work better than the regular OxiClean!) It will help cut through the grass stain immediately. You’ll then want to use a color safe bleach to wash the stain away, using the hottest water setting in the process. For grass stains, you may need to treat the stain twice to fully remove it.

2. Blood.

One of the best ways to treat blood stains is to pre-treat it with cold water. Soak the garment in cold water to help release the stain. You can then treat with a color safe bleach to help remove what remains of the stain.

3. Grease.

A tried and true way to treat grease stains is the use a grease fighting soap such as Dawn as a pre-treatment. Fill the sink with warm water and grease fighting dish soap and allow for the garment to soak. When you launder, use hot water and an oxygenating cleaner.

4. Chocolate.

Did you get melted chocolate on your clothing? No problem. For chocolate stains you will use a hot/cold method. First you can harden the chocolate with ice, then scrape off what you can. Soak the garment in cold water, but wash the item in hot water using an oxygenated cleanser.

5. Wine.

Immediately blot the stain with a soft cloth soaked in club soda. You want to then soak the garment in cold water. Pretreat the stain with an oxygenated cleaner and then use a color safe bleach when you launder the item. Bleach based stain sticks can help treat the item a second time if the stain persists.

6. Ink.

Have you ever heard that hair spray can help release ink from your clothing? It’s true! Take basic hair spray and spray it onto the ink stain. It will help release the ink. Blot the ink with a paper towel and launder as usual. If you don’t have hair spray, you can use rubbing alcohol.

7. Gum.

When gum becomes stuck to clothing it can become a gooey and sticky mess quickly. The best way to remove gum from clothing is to hold an ice cube to it. The ice will harden the gum, making it easier to pull away from the clothing. Hold an ice cube for a few minutes to the gum, peel it off, and wash as usual.

The next time you encounter a stain, you’ll be prepared! Keep these tips in mind for removing common stains so when a stain hits, you don’t need to worry about throwing that clothing item into the trash.

Do you have any stain fighting secrets to share? Let us know in the comments below!

6 Ways Being Organized Helps to Save Money

The more I think about it, I really think that being organized is the key to saving money.  Not only does my sanity thrive when things are organized in my home, I find our bank account is happier too. 🙂

Here are 6 ways being organized helps to save me money:

The more I think about it, I really think that being organized is the key to saving money.  Not only does my sanity thrive when things are organized, I find our bank account is happier too. Here are 6 ways being organized helps to save money.

Know what I already own

Having a spot for everything will help ensure that you know what you have on hand at all times. No need to buy the beans that are on sale because you know that you already have plenty in the pantry! Being organized (or more organized because we can’t be perfect!) stops you from spending money to replace items you can’t find.

I’ll avoid late fees

When you have an organized system in place for paying bills and returning borrowed items on time, you’ll certainly avoid the ugly late fees. Avoid paying late fees by implementing a system that will work for you. I have to tell you a story about the one time I had a late fee on the Visa bill. My bill paying “system” is not how my husband would do it and he suggested I try it his way.  His way was to pay off an amount as soon as there was a balance. My way is to pay it once a month on the due date, the balance of the statement in full. As soon as I receive the statement in the mail, I log into our online banking and schedule the payment to be made on the due date. Sure, it may be a larger amount doing it my way, but I’m never late in paying it! My husband has learned to just let me do my thing in that regard. 😉

Have time to plan a menu

When you’re organized, you’ll have time to set aside to plan the menu for the week. I’m a firm believer that having a menu plan in place will save you unnecessary trips to the grocery store and your sanity.  In our case, it saves us a ton because we’re avoiding the drive thru and actually eating what we buy from the grocery store.

Have time to cut and use coupons

If you’re a coupon user, being organized means you most likely have some time set aside for printing and organizing your coupons. Which also means you are probably organized to use the coupons at the store to pay rock bottom prices!

Know what projects you have on the go

Let’s pretend that I don’t know all about incomplete projects. (you know, those unfinished sewing and knitting projects that I found…) Every once in a while I get an urge to do something creative. But when I take the opportunity to have an organizing session, I usually discover a few unfinished projects.

Most recently, as I was going through my fabric stash, I found two unfinished projects.  A purse, which only needs to have the handles sewn on, and material for a sweatshirt I’ve cut out for my husband.   I now have two projects to finish to satisfy my creative urge without spending any more money!

Buy gifts well in advance

When you’re on the ball with upcoming special occasions, you can buy ahead when you find a great deal online or in the store. Helping you to avoid paying full price for something near your deadline.

How does being organized save you money? In what ways would you like to be more organized so you can save more?

11 Tips for Sharing a Small Home with Children

Living in a small home with children doesn’t have to be a bad or hard thing. Living in close quarters is possible, if you have the right tools and tips to help get you through! Check out these 11 tips for sharing a small home with kids:

11 Tips for Sharing a Small Home with Children

Living in a small home with children doesn’t have to be a bad or hard thing. Check out these 11 tips for sharing a small home with kids

1. Less stuff = more room

This is a tip that everyone should already know. However, when you have less stuff in your home, you always have more room, making a room feel more spacious.

2. Bunk beds

When you have kids and they need beds, going “up” is a great solution for leaving the floor space open. Triple bunks work wonders if you have more than 2 children sharing a room.

3. Utilize closet space

Closet space can be a real organizational nightmare, especially if you have a limited number of closets in your home. But learning the best way to maximize their usability is key. Use baskets, bins, shelves and even rolling cart techniques for linens and clothes to make the best use of the closets you have. Although that might mean you have to store some kitchen appliances in the linen closet ;).

4. Have strict rules on keeping items off the floor

When you have a small home with the addition of children, things have to be off of the floor or your home will end up looking messy in no time. And that’s the worst.

5. Purchase items that have double uses

Purchasing items that have two uses is genius. For example, an ottoman that has storage space within is a smart idea! Doubles as extra seating and storage!

6. Get rid of any bulky items

Is your couch too bulky? Trade it in for a slimmer version. Is the coffee table taking up precious play space? Maybe it’s time to donate.

7. Slim down the amount of clothing

If the drawers are stuffed full of kids’ clothing, it’s time to eliminate some items. Here are some tips for paring down your clothes that you might find useful!

8. Utilize storage in the attic, garage, or shed

If there simply isn’t enough room in your home for your everyday stuff and stored items, try to store stuff in another area of the home if you can, like a garage or attic.

9. Stay as organized as possible

Organization is key when space is at a premium. Try to make sure that everything has a spot to call home. Encourage the kids to put things in their “home” by making labels with pictures indicating where each item goes.

10. Use wall space as much as possible

There’s always room on a wall for storage. If you’ve run out of room, use wall space. Build some floating shelves. Or create a command center with a white board to keep all the activities running smoothly. Pinterest is full of ideas for wall storage.

11. Reevaluate the way you have items set up in your home

Maybe it’s the current layout that isn’t working in your home. Reevaluate your home’s setup to see if there could be a better way, then change it up!

Making room for everyone in your home shouldn’t be a problem if you follow these tips. I’ve noticed that the less items we have, the less frustrated we get.

What are some ways you deal with living in a small space with children?

Simply Clutter Free: Day 21

Simply Clutter Free Day 21: Declutter your Outerwear

Oh my goodness, we’ve reached the final day of the Simply Clutter Free Challenge! My house is feeling so much lighter! Even cleaner because I’ve been cleaning in those areas that don’t often get cleaned!

Today, we’re going to tackle our outerwear. That means we’re finally going to let go of jackets or snow pants that no longer fit. Or we just don’t care for any more. Donate or sell the items you no longer want. This task also includes winter gloves, hats, scarves, etc.

How many items do you think you’ll be getting rid of today?

I will be posting random progress reports throughout the week over in the Simply Frugal Facebook group and Instagram! Follow me on Instagram @simplyfrugal and use the hashtag #simplyclutterfree to get updates and see what others are up to during the challenge!

Also, I have set up an email list that you can join if you would like me to send you the daily tasks each day to your email address! This is also the email list to be on if you are interested in any of the future challenges I have planned for 2020! You can sign up for the Simply Clutter Free Challenge emails, here!

Simply Clutter Free: Day 20

Simply Clutter Free Day 20: Organize Linens

Here we are. The second to final day of the Simply Clutter Free Challenge! Can you believe it? Does your house seem lighter? I’m pretty a happy with the way our place is feeling, but I think I’ll keep tinkering on a few more areas.

I’m happy to report that our linen situation is actually in pretty good shape! I think I may have a few extras that I could purge, but other than that I’ll just do some reorganizing.

How is your linen situation?

I will be posting random progress reports throughout the week over in the Simply Frugal Facebook group and Instagram! Follow me on Instagram @simplyfrugal and use the hashtag #simplyclutterfree to get updates and see what others are up to during the challenge!

Also, I have set up an email list that you can join if you would like me to send you the daily tasks each day to your email address! This is also the email list to be on if you are interested in any of the future challenges I have planned for 2020! You can sign up for the Simply Clutter Free Challenge emails, here!

Simply Clutter Free: Day 19

Simply Clutter Free Day 19: Organize under the Kitchen Sink

Can you believe we’re in our final three days the Simply Clutter Free Challenge? Today we’re going to tackle under the kitchen sink! I don’t imagine this will be too strenuous of a task for most of us!

Basically the idea is to put like items with like items and declutter any items that are no longer needed. I like to wrangle all the grocery bags that I may have in an empty ice cream pail. I have all my various dish soaps, scrub brushes and cleaning cloths organized in a sliding basket organizer like this.

I’d love to know how you organize under your kitchen sink!

I will be posting random progress reports throughout the week over in the Simply Frugal Facebook group and Instagram! Follow me on Instagram @simplyfrugal and use the hashtag #simplyclutterfree to get updates and see what others are up to during the challenge!

Also, I have set up an email list that you can join if you would like me to send you the daily tasks each day to your email address! This is also the email list to be on if you are interested in any of the future challenges I have planned for 2020! You can sign up for the Simply Clutter Free Challenge emails, here!