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!

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Get Your House Holiday Ready

Learn how to get your house holiday ready in no time flat with this free holiday cleaning checklist!

Can you believe we’re one week away from Christmas day?  Wow!  Time sure flies when you’re having fun! (or being busy?)  Since we’re one week away from Christmas, this also means we’ve reached the last week of the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series!  I sure hope you enjoyed it.  I also hope it helped you to have a more simple and manageable holiday season!

Christmas usually involves company and no one likes to show their guests a good time in a messy home.  So, today, I’ve got a free printable Get Your House Holiday Ready Checklist!  It includes suggestions of cleaning tasks to do each day leading up to Christmas day.  There’s even plenty of room for you to add your own tasks.  I kept it fairly simple, because really, who has time for crazy cleaning this time of year?

Remember, these are suggestions only!  Click on the image below or here to print your holiday cleaning list.

Holiday Ready Cleaning List

What tasks are on your holiday cleaning list?  Are you ready for Christmas?

Here are the rest of the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series:

15 Days to a Spring Clean Home

Spring Cleaning on your mind? Sign up for the 15 Days to a Spring Clean Home Challenge! You'll receive an email once a day for 15 days with tasks included.

Have you got Spring Cleaning on your mind? Sign up for my 15 Days to a Spring Clean Home Challenge!

You’ll receive an email once a day for 15 days with tasks and tips included!  Get your home sparkling clean and smelling fresh in just 15 days!  There’s no sense in stressing out to get everything done in a matter of days when you can complete a simple task each day over a 15 day period.

It starts whenever you are ready to sign up:

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7 Things People with Clean Houses Do Every Day

Do you have friends or family who seem to have neat and tidy houses day in and day out? Perhaps you wonder what their secret is, and wonder how you too can enjoy this sort of clean space on a regular basis? The truth is, there are things that people with clean houses do each and every day in order to keep their spaces looking great. Take a look below at 7 things people with clean houses do every day, so you can give these daily tasks a try and see if they can help you create the clean space you desire!

7 Things People with Clean Houses Do Every Day

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1. They return items to their proper place when done.

Clutter is a quick way to make a space look messy. Clutter can build up and bring chaos to a space, which is why people with neat and tidy houses take time to return items to their proper home, preventing the build up of clutter to begin with.

2. They take a few minutes to vacuum high traffic areas.

High traffic areas tend to bring a lot of dirt and dust with them. People with clean houses run the vacuum or a broom through high traffic areas each day. This way dust, dirt, and pet hair can get picked up and accumulation is prevented.

3. They wipe down sinks and counter tops.

Grime can quickly build on kitchen and bathroom counters and sinks. By taking a few minutes to spray down and wipe down these areas each day, you prevent build up and create an overall cleaner space. Keep an all purpose cleaner and a rag below your sinks so you can easily access these materials for a quick daily wipe down.

4. They utilize air fresheners, odor eliminators.

People with clean homes know how important it is for their homes to smell clean. They use air fresheners or essential oils so they can leave their spaces smelling fresh. Use essential oil diffusers or odor eliminating sprays to quickly blast freshness into your space daily. I’m intrigued by these charcoal bags that are supposed to naturally eliminate odors. I’ll let you know if I try them out!

5. They don’t leave dishes in the sink.

Have you ever noticed that dishes in the sink can make the whole kitchen feel messy? Take the time each day to wash the dishes or move them to a dishwasher. This way, the sink is clean and clear and it also gives you the chance to wipe it down.

6. They hang towels and other household linens.

Taking the time to fold and hang household linens and clothing can leave your home looking neat and tidy. Be sure to hang bathroom towels, kitchen linens, and other household linens. Not only will it help them dry out quickly, but it looks great. Same goes for keeping clothing off the floor!

7. They make their bed.

Nothing makes a room feel more pulled together than a freshly made bed. Take a few minutes each day to make your bed and see how it encourages you to keep the rest of your room more organized and tidy.

Try implementing these simple tasks each day to see if they help you create a clean and organized space. As you can see, they don’t take a ton of time and are quite simple to implement, so add them to your daily routine and see what results you can achieve!

I’d love to know some of your daily tasks that help you keep a neat and tidy home! Let me know in the comments below!

5 Quick Tricks to a Cleaner Home

So, your house is a bit of a mess.  Not only do you not have time to devote to a good cleaning, you may be overwhelmed at the thought of starting!  While looking around at all the mess, you may think that nothing will make a difference because the mess is too great.

There are 5 main items that get scattered throughout to create chaos in your home.  Learn to tackle these 5 cleaning tasks and you’ll find they can make a huge difference to the cleanliness level of your home!

These 5 quick tricks will help you have a cleaner home in no time. #cleaningtips #householdhacks #hacks #cleaning

Do the Dishes

Quick Cleaning trick #1 is to do the dishes!  Dirty dishes seem to multiply quickly and can even gather in places they shouldn’t!  It’s important to keep up with the dishes so the old food doesn’t attract fruit flies, ants or mold.  So get going on those dirty dishes; I’m always amazed at the difference a clean counter can make in my home!

This is my all time favourite dish soap. Makes the chore more bearable. 😉

Dirty laundry and clothes

Quick Cleaning trick #2 is to pick up the dirty laundry and clothes piles.  If clothes strewn about have taken over your home, it’s time to take care of this task.  Getting all the clothes laundered and back into the closets and dressers will make your house look much cleaner.  First of all, go from room to room with a laundry basket or two and gather up all the dirty laundry.  Next of course, is to wash and dry all the laundry.  I find that if I don’t fold and put away the clean clothes right away, they’ll sit in the laundry basket, which quickly becomes a mess!

Gather the Garbage and Recycling

Quick Cleaning trick #3 is to gather the garbage and recycling!  I think this is the easiest task because all you have to do is wander around your house and put all the garbage and recycling items into  bags and then take them to the trash can or recycling box.  I find when I let recycling items pile up, our house can look messy very quickly.  So once a week or so, I’ll wander around and pick up old newspapers, junk mail and empty cardboard boxes and put them away in the blue bag.


Quick Cleaning trick #4 is to pick up the toys.  This is the battle I’m fighting with right now.  Toys seem to be strewn about all the time, making the floors seem very messy!  While Sienna (18 months) will put the toys away for fun, she’ll promptly take them out again to play.  If you have older children, make a game out of putting the toys away. Or, if you have the willpower or some time, why not purge some of the unused toys to create more space?


Quick Cleaning trick #5 is to take care of the paper.  Between my husband and I, we can create quite the mess with our individual paper piles.  Piles of paper drive me bananas, but I can’t seem to stay on top of the piles on a regular basis.  Nevertheless, here are a couple of  things that help me stay organized:

  • Stack all the papers together.  While filing papers can take a long time, stacking them all together does not.  It’s better to have one pile over several piles!
  • About once a month or so, I go though the pile I created to file, shred and organize each paper.  Takes a bit of time, but I love the results and knowing I can easily find an important document.

Any of these quick cleaning trick will give you relief from a messy house and help your house to appear cleaner, but don’t feel you have to do all 5 in the same day!  Why not attempt one trick a day?

I hope that these quick cleaning tricks will give you a starting point to help you keep thing mess-free and organized!

What are your tips to help you achieve a cleaner home? Let us know in the comments below.