How to Remove Fabric Softener Stains

Soaps On A Towel

Kristin asked, “Anyone know how to get a fabric softner stain out of clothes?” Fabric softener stains can either be from a liquid softener that is added to the wash water or a dryer sheet that contains fabric softener. Thankfully, there are some simple ways to remove the stains. Select a cleaning method from the steps below to remove the stains, then consult the Additional Tips section for information on how to prevent future stains.¹ Removing the Stain You Will Need: Bar soap Dish liquid Shampoo Steps to Remove the Stain: Soak the stain with water, then rub a bar of soap onto…

How to Clean a Cooking Oil Spill

Olive Oils

Daniela asked, “How do I clean up all this olive oil from my kitchen floor? Literally half of the kitchen is smothered in oil.” As the saying goes, “oil and water don’t mix.” So when the bottle of cooking oil spills all over the kitchen floor, reaching for the mop probably isn’t the best idea. If there is any broken glass in the spill, cleaning can seem even more impossible. However, the steps below will help you easily clean up the oil, as well as the broken glass. Cleaning the Cooking Oil Spill You Will Need: Shoes Ice cube tongs…

How to Clean a Paper Lampshade

Lampshade

Captain asked, “How does one clean a lampshade?” Paper lampshades are very absorbent and often gather dirt and dust from the air, as well as oily fingerprints, flyspecks and all other sorts of yuck. The steps below are safe for most paper lampshades, including parchment, vellum and laminated paper, but you should always test a cleaning solution on a small, hidden area to check for any adverse effects.¹ General Cleaning Without Water It is best to avoid water when cleaning paper lampshades if possible. Use the steps below to dust and maintain your shade on a regular basis, as well…

How to Remove a Butter Stain

Butter Stain

Miranda asked, “How do you clean butter stains?” Whether it’s butter, margarine, a ‘not quite butter’ substitute or a butter sauce, it’s a greasy butter stain that you better remove before it sets and becomes more difficult to remove. Whether your stain is fresh or older though, the methods below will help you remove it. Select the section for the location of your stain, then use the information in the steps to clean. Removing Butter Stains from Clothing You Will Need: Dull knife WD-40 Dish liquid Washing soda Enzyme laundry detergent Steps to Remove the Stain: If the butter stain is fresh,…

How to Remove Fruit Punch Stains

Fruit Punch

Madison asked, “What can I use to clean fruit punch out of the carpet in my car?” Most commercial fruit punch drinks are dyed bright red which leaves a bright red stain. Thankfully, red is the most easy to remove of all dye stains. Select the section below for your stain location, then use the information in the steps to remove the stain. Always test a cleaning solution on a hidden area first to check for any adverse reaction. Removing Fruit Punch Stains from Clothing You Will Need: Club soda A cloth Laundry detergent Ammonia Rubbing alcohol White vinegar Steps…

How to Clean a Waffle Maker

Waffle Maker

Jerome asked, “How does one clean a waffle maker?” Although many modern waffle makers have nonstick plates, they also have a non-detachable grid, which can make cleaning seem impossible. No need to forego waffles though; the steps below can help you remove even the burnt, baked-on debris without damaging any of the electrical components.¹ Cleaning the Waffle Maker You Will Need: Dishcloth Dish liquid Baking soda Old toothbrush Soft scrub brush Dry towel Steps to Clean the Waffle Maker: Unplug the waffle maker and allow the grid to cool so that you don’t get burned as you clean.¹ Dip a cloth in warm,…

How to Remove Henna Stains from Fabric

Henna

Wendy asked, “My white shirt have henna stain…how to remove?” Henna is a plant-based dye that is used to color skin and hair. Even though the stain is only semi-permanent on skin and hair, it can sometimes be difficult to remove from fabrics. The more fresh a henna stain is, the easier it will be to remove, so try to treat the stain as soon as possible with the steps below.¹ Removing the Henna Stain Always test a cleaning solution on a hidden area of the fabric first to check for any adverse reaction, such as a fading of the…

How to Remove Tobacco Stains from Carpet or Upholstery

Dipping Tobacco

Kunuk asked, “Anybody know how to get dip stain out of a fabric couch?” Accidents happen, and sometimes the dip package or spit cup spills, leaving a mess and a stain. Use the steps below to clean up the spill and any stain that is left. It is easiest to remove the stain when it is fresh, however the methods below can remove older tobacco stains as well. Removing the Tobacco Stain You Will Need: A dustpan and brush A spoon Paper towels Dish liquid A cloth Enzyme digester Non-gel shaving cream An old toothbrush Rubbing alcohol Methylated spirits Steps…

How to Clean a Baseball Cap

Baseball Hat In Dust

Mikaela asked, “How do you clean a baseball hat?” Many baseball hats have cardboard bills, which can be damaged or lose their shape if washed in the washing machine. One way to avoid this is to use a hat cage, which is a device made to hold the hat so that it can be washed in the washing machine. If you don’t have a hat cage, you can either wash the hat by hand, or in the dishwasher. It is usually best to wash a hat by hand to prevent any damage. Cleaning the Hat by Hand You Will Need: Shampoo or mild…

How to Clean a Record Player

Record Player

Lauren asked, “How does one clean a record player?” Vinyl records create static electricity, which attracts dust to both the records and record player. Even if you can’t see the dust, you can tell when they need cleaning by the distorted sound of the music. It is important to keep the record player clean, as dust can scratch or damage the playing surface. Follow the steps below to keep the sound and the surface clean.¹ Cleaning the Record Player You Will Need: Stylus cleaning brush Soft paintbrush Rubbing alcohol Antistatic dusting cloth Lint-free cloth Steps to Clean the Record Player: Clean…