How to Remove Pumpkin Stains From Your Carpet?

I love pumpkin pie and I make it very often but I swear that no matter how hard I try not to drop some on the floor, my carpets are always covered in pumpkin stains. And to be quite honest, my kid also loves pumpkin pie as much as I do and, unfortunately, he also always drops pieces on the floor.

This has made me become an expert in removing pumpkin stains from carpets – and today, I will show you how I do it!

How to Remove Pumpkin Stains From Your Carpet?

Whenever you drop pumpkin, pumpkin pie, or anything else that has pumpkin in it on your carpet, you immediately need to remove the excess. You can either scoop it with a spoon or remove it with a dull knife but whatever you do – don’t apply pressure because you don’t want to drive the stain further into the fabric.

Then you have to treat the affected area. I like to do this with warm soapy water – a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and two cups of warm water mixed in a bowl.

I then dip a cloth in the soapy water and start treating the area. I blot it rather than rub or wipe – again, no pressure should be applied.

Then you have to remove as much of the soap as possible because soapy water does attract dirt, dust, and impurities which can create a dirty patch – and you don’t want that on your carpet. This is why I dampen a cloth with water and start blotting the area.

In case the stain remains, it’s time you create another cleaning solution – a tablespoon of ammonia mixed with two cups of warm water. I dip a cloth in there and start blotting the area again.

Once you do this, the stain should be removed. Then it’s time to rinse the area once again so you remove the ammonia from the carpet. Do this with a damp cloth. And when you are done – let the carpet air-dry.

How to Properly Clean Your Dryer?

Having a dryer will save you a lot of time and space in your home. Using this incredible invention is way easier than individually hanging your laundry and waiting for it to dry. But as incredible as this appliance is, you have to take care of it in order for it to last a long time and also work properly.

Today, I will tell you how I clean my dryer so that you can follow each step I take!

How to Properly Clean Your Dryer?

The most important thing when cleaning your dryer is to pay attention to the dryer vent and remove lint from it. When is it time to do this? When you take clothes out of the dryer and you notice they are still damp. This means that there is lint build-up that is getting in the way of the appliance working properly.

First, you need to clean the lint screen by removing it from the dryer and then wiping the lint with a brush. I also recommend you wipe the screen with a fabric softener sheet to get rid of the residue as fast as possible – after all, you don’t want to waste too much time on this chore, right?

You also need to clean the lint trap – the area where the filter is. I use a long brush to do this by twisting the brush and picking up the lint. Then I vacuum the brush and continue with these steps until I am happy with the result.

You also need to clean inside the dryer because that’s where the impurities are piling up. If you have placed an item of clothing with stains in your dryer then these stains have most likely transferred to the drum which will also transfer to other clothes you place in the appliance.

In order to do this, I unplug the machine, Then I pour warm water into a bowl and add liquid soap to it. I damp cloth in the soapy water and start wiping the drum and interior of the dryer.

How to Clean Your Brick Wall According To Experts?

Brick walls are beautiful both indoors and outdoors. Also, brick is super durable and has always been one of the best materials to use for building properties. But no matter if you have brick walls indoors or outdoors, you need to take care of them and clean them every once in a while – especially when they are outdoors!

Today, a friend of mine over at will share with you how to do this chore as easily and effectively as possible!

How to Clean Your Brick Wall According To Experts?

First start off with clearing up the space so it’s ready for cleaning. For example, remove any decorations, plants, furniture, carpets, cars, grills, or anything else that is around the brick wall no matter if it’s indoors or outdoors. If the wall you will be cleaning is indoors, you would also want to place a few towels on the floor next to the wall so they can catch the water and not make a huge mess in your home.

Now, let’s focus on cleaning outdoor brick walls. Of course, this is easier than indoor walls because you don’t have to worry about making a mess. The first thing you need to do is grab a bristled brush, a bucket, warm water, and dish detergent. Make soapy water in the bucket.

But before we use the cleaner we make, we need to spray the wall with a hose. Then dip the brush in the soapy water and start scrubbing.

But what can you do if the walls are indoors? Start with vacuuming the wall so you get rid of any accumulated dust and dirt. Next, fill a bucket with warm water and a few drops of dish detergent.

Dip a sponge or a rag, dip it in the cleaner, and start wiping the wall – but be careful not to make a big mess in your home. The towels you placed on the floor will make sure all water will be absorbed. For any hard-to-reach areas, you can use an old toothbrush.

And the final step is, of course, rinsing. If the wall is outdoors, just rinse with the hose but if the wall is indoors, you will need a bit of patience and time. Dip a rag or cloth in warm water and start wiping the bricks in order to remove the soapy residue and the impurities. Take as much time as you need in order to properly rinse the wall. Then wait for it to fully dry before you remove the towels off of the floor.

How To Remove Stickers And How to Remove Adhesive Residue?

Removing stickers can be really challenging because of the adhesive residue they leave behind when you pull them. This is why you need to follow certain tips and tricks when removing stickers so it can turn into an easy process. No one wants to waste a few hours scraping and tugging on sticker residue, right? Well, this is exactly why I am going to show you how I deal with stickers and adhesive residue!

Use Your Hairdryer!

Yes, your hairdryer is a great tool to use whenever you want to remove sticker residue. Heat up the residue then scrape it off with a plastic knife, for example.

Use Rubbing Alcohol!

The easiest way to remove sticker residue is by using rubbing alcohol or vodka. This is my favourite method to use and I highly recommend you give it a try!

Also, rubbing alcohol is safe to be used on every surface so even if you want to remove sticker residue from granite or marble countertops, you don’t have to worry about potential damage because rubbing alcohol is 100% safe!

Dampen a cloth or a paper towel in the liquid and start rubbing the sticker. If you are having a hard time removing the residue then leave the paper towel over the area for a few minutes so that the residue can soak in the alcohol.

Use Vinegar!

Another thing you can use to remove sticker residue is vinegar, however, be careful with this one because some surfaces can be damaged by vinegar – like natural stones, marble, granite, etc.

This hack is ideal for wooden furniture and glass. Soak a paper towel or a cloth in vinegar and place it over the affected area. Let it soak for a few minutes then start wiping.

I do not recommend using vinegar if you do not like the smell. For example, I hate vinegar which is why I avoid using it when cleaning. Instead, go for the rubbing alcohol!

How To Easily Remove Mildew Odours From Towels?

Let’s face it – your kitchen towels have probably smelled terrible at some point. Of course, this is actually super common and somewhat normal. If you use your kitchen towel to wipe up any water spills and the towel gets saturated on regular basis then it will start to have that horrible mildew smell whenever it cannot properly dry.

Unfortunately, in most cases, this smell doesn’t go away even when your wash the towels in your washing machine in the hottest setting possible. You take them out of the appliance only to find that they still smell bad.

How To Remove Mildew Odours From Towels?

You need a few household ingredients – water, baking soda, vinegar. Yes, you do not need to go out and buy any fancy cleaner nor do you need to make some complicated DIY recipe for a cleaner – you just need vinegar, baking soda, and water!

The first thing you need is to wash your towels in your washing machine, however, add vinegar where you normally place the fabric softener.

If that doesn’t work and the towels still smell terrible, run another cycle with them, however, this time add half a cup of baking soda without any detergents or a fabric softener. Baking soda does wonders when it comes to removing bad smells because it absorbs them!

Next, simply let the towels dry. I recommend you let them air-dry by taking them outside!

How To Prevent Mildew Odours?

I have a few useful tips:

  • Always allow the towels to air-dry after using them!
  • Always let them air-dry outside after washing them in your washing machine!
  • Add a cup of vinegar to your washing machine once in a while to prevent mildew from growing!
  • Replace your kitchen towels once every two days!

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How To Clean Your Jetted Tub?

I have a jetted tub in my home – and I absolutely love it. To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of it in the beginning, however, as time passed by and I gave it a few tries, I fell in love with it. I usually sit in it for a few hours every week so I can relax.

Of course, as much as I enjoy using it, the cleaning part annoys me… a lot. I had a hard time figuring out how to properly clean my jetted tub – without damaging it. I also didn’t know how to disinfect it – and both of these things are extremely important.

So I started researching and seeing how other people cleaned their tubs. Many use commercial cleaners, however, I am not a big fan of those. In fact, I try to stay away from them due to my allergies. All those harsh chemicals that are packed in the cleaners trigger allergic reactions which is why I prefer using natural ingredients!

How To Clean Your Jetted Tub With Natural Ingredients

It turns out that cleaning a jetted tub is not as complicated as I thought – and you only need a few ingredients.

Fill the tub with water until the jets are covered. Use hot water!

Then add two tablespoons of liquid soap and around 1/2 cup of bleach. Of course, if you don’t want to use bleach you can use a cup of vinegar instead.

Next, run the jets for 10-15 minutes. Continue with emptying the tub then refilling it. This time, use cold water. Run the jets one more time.

Lastly, drain the tub then rinse it very well.

How To Remove Sweat Stains From Your White Clothes?

Dealing with sweat stains isn’t fun – especially when they are on your favourite white shirt. Thankfully, removing those stains is a lot easier than you might think. All you need are a few natural ingredients to remove the sweat yellowish stains!

What You Need?

In order to remove those annoying sweat stains, you would need 240 ml of vinegar, 480 ml of water, some baking soda, a tablespoon of salt, and a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide!

How To Remove The Stains?

Soak the clothing item that has sweat stains on it in a bowl filled with vinegar and warm water for around 30 minutes.

Then in a small bowl mix the baking soda, the salt, and the hydrogen peroxide. You want to create a paste. Remove the garment from the vinegar and squeeze it until it’s slightly damp.

Continue with covering the affected area with your baking soda paste. The baking soda and the salt will lift the stain while the hydrogen peroxide will whiten the area. This is why they work so well when combined!

After 25 minutes, rinse the area and remove the paste. See whether the stain is gone. If it isn’t – apply some more of the paste and let it sit. If the stain is gone – throw the garment in your washing machine and launder as usual!

How To Clean Marble Countertops According To Experts?

Marble countertops are extremely luxurious and can transform any kitchen. But one downfall to the good look of this marble is that it’s hard to clean, it can easily be damaged or stained.

Of course, as a marble countertop owner, I can assure you that the last thing I want is to stain or damage it. I have invested a lot of money in it, therefore, I want it to last as long as possible without any damage.

This is why I was so curious to find out how to clean it properly and how to avoid damage. And I know that everything I found out could be useful to you as well which is why I decided to share it.

I asked the experts!

I didn’t really want to rely on advice that I read on the internet because as we all know you shouldn’t trust everything you read. And my countertops are so important to me that I couldn’t risk damaging them.

Then I remembered that I often book a cleaning company to clean my home because I am always so busy – and I could ask them how do they clean marble. I live in Manchester so I always book Cleaners Manchester.

So I asked them exactly what is the right way to clean marble countertops and here is what they told me!

How To Clean Marble

The best cleaner you can use is liquid soap and hot water. You don’t need any fancy commercial cleaner because you never know which ingredients might damage the surface. That is why they recommended that I stick to the basics and mix liquid soap and water in a spray bottle.

Once you make your mixture – spray it on the marble and wipe it with a microfiber cloth. Then it’s important to remove the soapy mixture with a second clean cloth because moisture can leave marks on the stone.

How To Remove Stains From Marble?

If your countertops are marble then you will stain them – it’s normal. For example, if you spill oil it might soak it up and cause the marble to turn to a darker colour.

In order to remove these stains, you can try to rip white paper towel in small pieces, soak them in hydrogen peroxide then lay them on the stained area. Cover them with plastic wrap and cut small air holes in the wrap then leave for around 24 hours. But make sure you check up on the area every few hours just to make sure you don’t lighten it too much.

What To Avoid If You Have Marble Countertops?

It’s important to always remember to wipe up spills the second they happen – especially if you spill lemon juice, tomato sauce or other things containing acids.

Also, do not clean marble with vinegar because it will damage it.

How To Clean Bathroom Tile Grout?

Taking proper care of the tile grout in your bathroom will ensure that it looks spotless and is stainless at all times! This, of course, means that you need to clean it often, use the proper products, and the proper cleaning methods!

However, if you aren’t exactly sure how to clean it then I want to give you some tips and tricks which will help and guide you through the cleaning process! Tile grout is hard to clean because it’s not a smooth surface, it attracts a lot of build-ups, soap scum, mildew, and all sorts of impurities.

How To Clean Bathroom Tile Grout?

Now, the first thing I want you to do is to prepare everything you need – an old toothbrush, a cloth, baking soda, and bleach/ hydrogen peroxide.

Now, start with pouring the bleach/ hydrogen peroxide on the grout lines, grab the toothbrush, and start scrubbing.

Then you can add the baking soda (sprinkle some over the surface) and continue scrubbing with the toothbrush.

Once you are done you need to remove the bleach and baking soda. Damp a cloth and wipe the tile grout with it.

You don’t want to use bleach?

A great alternative is using vinegar. We all know how powerful and effective this natural ingredient is. So many people use it as an all-purpose cleaner, right? So why not clean your tile grout with it?

Mix vinegar with baking soda and wait for the mixture to stop fizzing. Then pour it on the grout, grab the toothbrush, and start scrubbing. Once you are done you need to remove the mixture with a damp cloth!

Here is how to make your own reusable disinfecting wipes

Disinfecting wipes are so convenient and will save you so much time, however, the ones you can buy from the store are terrible for the environment and can make a huge hole in your wallet if you use them on daily basis.

I have some amazing alternatives which are not only good environmentally-friendly but will save you a lot of money! They are easy to make and you will use them for a long time!

A lot of recipes on the internet include vinegar which isn’t the best option for getting rid of bacteria. Yes, vinegar does get rid of bacteria but not all of them. If you wipe a surface with a vinegar-based disinfectant you won’t be able to tackle 100% of the germs. In order to kill all of the germs, you will need to use at least 60% alcohol.

Here is how to make your own reusable disinfecting wipes using alcohol!

Before we start with the recipe you need to prepare the actual wipe. I recommend you use old socks, microfiber cloths, old washcloths, or even an old t-shirt (you can cut it in small pieces)!

Now, let’s start with the actual disinfectant! You will need a cup of rubbing alcohol (I recommend the 99% isopropyl alcohol or the 70% isopropyl alcohol). You will also need 1/4 a cup of water, a tablespoon of dish soap, and 50 drops of tea tree oil or lavender oil.

Mix everything in a bowl and soak the “wipes” you decided to use. Then take them out and squeeze the excess, roll them and place them in a jar.

How I use these disinfectant wipes?

To be honest, I use them to wipe everything in my home. I also use them to wipe the interior of my car.

You can also use the mixture and spray surfaces with it. Just pour the excess in a spray bottle and use whenever you need it.

Learn how to clean gold-plated jewelry

Many affordable gold jewelry aren’t actually gold – they are gold-plated which means that the gold is very thin making the jewelry prone to damage and tarnish. This happens because the base metal molecules transfer to the layer of cold breaking it down.

But the good news is that you can still keep your favorite gold-plated pieces looking good. All you need to do is follow the next steps.

Take the following steps

Never expose gold-plated jewelry to make-up, lotion, soil, alcohol, perfume, hairspay, water, sweat.

Store all of your gold-plated jewerly seperately to prevent damage, scratching, etc.

How to clean gold-plated jewelry?

Wipe the pieces with a cloth after every wear.

Every once in awhile make a mixture of warm water and a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid and soak the jewelry in the solution. When you take them out of the mixture make sure you rinse them with warm water so the soapy water is removed completely.

Try out these cleaning tips and tricks

I have a couple of amazing cleaning tips that will make cleaning an easier task that doesn’t require that much time and effort.

– Make an all-purpose cleaner using natural ingredients

I have been using a DIY all-purpose cleaner for the past couple of years to clean any surfaces in my home and I believe that this is a great way to save money and use a product that doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals that can potentially harm you or leave a residue behind.

I simply mix 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup water, and essential oils so that the cleaner smells good.

– Remove marker stains

If you have kids then you know the pain of having to deal with marker stains. I have found an amazing and easy way to remove them – by using toothpaste.

– Take care of your garbage disposal

Drop a couple of lemon rinds in the garbage disposal. This is enough to fix your problem with smelly disposal.

– Make a glass cleaner using natural ingredients

Just like the first thing on my list this one requires vinegar. Mix it with rubbing alcohol, water, and essential oils if you want and you have a powerful cleaning solution for glass.

– Use a lint roller to clean your upholstery and car interior

If you have a pet then you know how hard it is to completely remove all of the pet hair in your car or on your favorite couch. Use a lint roller instead of a vacuum cleaner which is a lot easier.

– Deep clean your cutting boards

Sprinkle some baking soda (or salt) all over your cutting board then cut a lemon in half and start scrubbing the surface with the cut side of the lemon. This will remove any odors, stains, and stuck food off of your cutting board.

How to remove gum from a carpet: tips from experts

Realizing that you dropped a gum on your carpet is very unpleasant. You have probably started to panic? I mean, it’s your favorite carpet that is very expensive and you now have ruined it. How can you remove the gum? You try to pick it up which makes the mess even bigger. Then you decide to go on the internet and see what cleaning hacks you can find. Thankfully for you, I got you. And the tip I am going to provide you with is coming straight from the professionals at Carpet Cleaning Liverpool. Dropping gum on your carpet is not that big of a deal, and your carpet will be fine.

How do they recommend you remove the gum?

Go and grab an ice cube, hold it on the gum until it hardens. Then scrape it off.

Why should you do this instead of just trying to pull it? When a gum freezes it’s easier to remove it because it gets brittle.

The cleaning technicians even say that this is a great method to remove gum regardless of the surface it has stuck to – sofas, chairs, clothes, etc.

The most efficient ways to clean mirrors

Are you struggling with cleaning the mirrors in your home? I know it’s no easy task – especially when you don’t know-how. Just like cleaning anything else, there are tips, tricks, and hacks that make the process far quicker and easier.

Method №1

Get a spray bottle and fill it with water and vinegar (50-50 mixture). Spray a mirror with it and wipe starting top to bottom (wipe with a crumpled ball of newspaper).

Method №2

If the mirror is cloudy and covered in marks, you can use lemon (or lime juice) to remove them. Make a mixture of the juice and warm water, dip a clean cloth, and start wiping with circular motions.

Method №3

This method is for the cases where there is toothpaste stains, stains from hairspray, water splashes, or any other stubborn similar stain on your mirror. All you will need is surgical spitir and a clean cotton pad. Apply some on the pad and rub it on the stain.

Tips for cleaning

  • You should start cleaning a window at the left top corner and continue to the right using a zig-zag motion.
  • If you don’t have a newspaper or you simply don’t want to use one you can gran a microfibre cloth instead. It will leave the mirror spotless plus it’s a great way to remove dirt and bacteria without spreading it onto other surfaces.

Simple ways to clean your cleaning tools

Do you ever think about how your cleaning tools need to be taken care of? Yes, they do such a great job at maintaining your home clean but when you think about it they don’t clean themselves – so you need to put this on your to-do list.

All of the dirt and germs that they soak up later are being transferred to the next thing you clean. As time passes and your cleaning tools are packed with bacteria and dirt you don’t clean – you are making your home even dirtier. So how can you avoid this?

– How to clean mops

If your mop is a sponge one you need to soak the head in a mixture of hot water and vinegar. Leave it in for 30 minutes. Then let it dry.

Keep in mind that mop heads need to be replaced every three months. Cleaning them is a quick fix that overtime becomes useless.

If your mop is a microfiber one you can easily remove the head and put it in your washing machine.

– How to clean a broom

Bang your broom against a large object outside – this will remove all of the dirt that it has picked up. Do this every time you use it.

Once a month make sure you put the broom is a bucket of warm water and dishwashing liquid soap. Let it sit there for around an hour.

– How to clean sponges

All of the sponges you use in your kitchen you can put in the dishwasher every few days.

The sponges that you use in the bathroom you can soak in a mixture of water and vinegar.

You should replace all the sponges every four weeks.

– How to clean toilet brushes

These things should be cleaned once a month. How? It’s very easy, just like the other ones.

Put two cups of bleach in the toilet bowl and let the toilet brush soak there for around an hour. Rinse it with cold water once you take it out.

How to remove red wine, coffee or a tomato sauce stains out of a carpet

The secret to cleaning anything is quick action. You need to be very fast with the cleaning in order to be able to remove the stain right away instead of damaging your carpet to a point where you need to replace it with a new one. So go through the steps I have put together in this article the second you spilled wine, coffee or a tomato sauce.

  • Use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner

The first thing you would want to do is push the hose of the vacuum cleaner on the stain and leave it there for a couple of seconds. Repeat this step until you remove as much as possible of the thing you spilled.

The key to cleaning a stain is to remove as much of the liquid as possible quickly. Blotting it or rubbing it will make the stain go to the base of your carpet – which makes things even worse. So use a wet/dry vacuum. Convert it to wet mode (remove the paper filter and install a foam cover).

  • Grab a cleaning solution

After you vacuum as much as possible you have two options. If you already have a carpet stain removal product at home – use it. If you don’t, mix ¼ teaspoon dish soap to a cup of water. Pour it in a spray bottle and apply a lot of it on the stained area. Let it soak in the fibers for a few minutes.

  • Blot

Grab a white cloth (a colored one can transfer its dyes on the carpet) and start dabbing the stain. Refold it to a clean section and continue dabbing. That way you will soak up more of the stain with a clean cloth. And by blotting I don’t mean to do it aggressively or to scrub. Aggressive blotting will drive the stain to go deeper. Gently blot.

  • Rinse

Spray water on the stain. Do not pour it – this will push the cleaning solution and stain deeper into the carpet. Spray it. You need to remove the cleaning solution because leaving it will attract dirt. Once you spray water – vacuum it. Do this a couple of times.

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