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Eco Cleaning Tips For Holiday Disasters

Author: Megan, Eco Emi Team Member

With the holidays officially over, we all can step back and take a breath from all the craziness.  Many of us can think of certain cleaning crises and accidents that may have arose during the festivities. Before you throw away that cranberry sauce stained table cloth, take a quick look at following eco cleaning tips so that you can rest assured that there are solutions to the messes that were made during your holiday gatherings.

Cranberry Sauce Stains:

If you see that there is a left over cranberry sauce on your most beloved table cloth or blouse, gently flush the area with cool water (hot water will cause the stain to set).  After dampening the stained spot, soak the item in a sink filled with cool water, a few pumps of natural liquid laundry detergent, and a cap full of white vinegar.

Any Kind of Odor:

Gathering together with family and friends to bake in the kitchen can bring about all sorts of funky smells.  Well, we got you covered!  You can clean the trashcans with a little dab of white vinegar and hide boxes of baking soda in those stench-filled rooms to help remove and absorb any foul odor.  Try mixing the two ingredients together to create a powerful cleaning tool that will surely nix unwanted fumes.

Another option is to spritz fabrics with a mixture of water and a fine mist of vinegar that will help remove odors before guests arrive. Be sure to spray this well in advance so that the vinegar smell has time to dissipate.  If you are interested in creating a long lasting sweet aroma within your home, try making our recipe for your very own homemade potpourri.  To view how to do this, click here.

Red Wine Spills:

In the instance that red wine spills in your home, try to treat the stain while it’s fresh.  If it happens to spill on the carpet, scrub the area with club soda, and it should come out immediately.  If it is being resistant, try blotting the area with water and sprinkle with baking soda to form a paste.  Leave the mixture on the stained spot to rest for a while, and come back every half hour to moisten the area with water from a spray bottle.  After a few hours, you can scrub to remove any discoloration.  For any other fabrics that have spattered with red wine, pour boiling water on the splotch.

Water Rings on Wood:

There is no need to worry if your friends or family members fail to remember to use those coasters that you provided!  Water rings can easily be removed by mixing cooking oil and salt to make a paste. Gently rub the wood with this oil and salt combination and watch the ring disappear!  You can use a walnut or almond nut as well because the natural oils secreted by these nuts will bring back the original stain-free shine.  Using these nuts also helps remove scratches from wooden floors.

 

This year, make a resolution to get out your best dishes and table clothes or to not be afraid of getting a little too “merry,” because with these eco cleaning tips, you’ll be ready for any possible unwanted surprises that any party could bring.

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