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Dealing with common household spills

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:45

Whether you are a cleanaholic or a messaholic, household spills are an inevitable fact of life. No matter how many precautions you may take, the slip up of a momentary lapse of judgment could mean the detriment of your home’s floor. Stains are a pain and it sucks when you can't figure out how to get it out.

Before you start rearranging your furniture in attempt to hide the embarrassing spill, know that there may be a way to salvage your floor. Alas, hope is not lost as there are some ingenious tricks you can try that will help miraculously remove certain types of stains from the common household spill.

It is, however, important that you test a small inconspicuous area of the stain to ensure that the treatment will not leave any unwanted discolouration or a non-preferable outcome before commencing to do the remainder of the stain.

Red Wine

Whether you enjoy some red wine as a complement to some red meat for dinner or prefer it as a way to unwind after a long hard day, the idea of spilling it is cringeworthy. After all, red wine is renowned for being an absolute pain to get rid off when spilt.

If fortune is in your favour and the place of spill is on a couch, carpet, or rug, this trick ought to remove that nasty red stain and help your furniture look as good as new.

First, you want to dab the stain with paper towels and absorb as much red wine as possible. Liberally spread salt over the stain and pour some club soda on it. Leave the mixture to rest for a few hours to allow the salt to soak up the stain. Once the waiting is done, remove the salt by wiping or vacuuming. If the stain is still stubborn, mix three parts of hydrogen peroxide together with one part dishwashing liquid and pour the mixture over the stain. Let it settle for an hour or two and remove any excess with paper towels.

Pet Stains


As much as your adorable fluffy pet may be man’s best friend, any accidents on your carpet floor are not as welcomed. These spills not only stink but leave horrific stains that will haunt you to the end of days.

Lucky for you, your home remedy awaits you in your pantry. First, absorb the spill as much as possible with a paper towel followed by soaking the stain with vinegar. Add a couple of teaspoons of baking soda and leave the mixture to work its magic for a couple of hours. Once done, remove the baking soda by vacuuming.



The healthy appeal of juice often comes in a myriad of colours. From oranges to beetroot, stains from spilt juice can be heartbreaking especially due to its stubbornness. To tackle the problem, blot the stain with a paper towel to absorb as much of the excess juice as possible and spray some lukewarm water while continuing your blotting. Do this until there is no visible amount of juice being absorbed by the paper towels. If the stain still persists, mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid (ensure that it contains no bleach or lanolin) together with 2 cups of lukewarm water. Dab a sponge into the solution and work it onto the stain until the stain is gone.


If you love your cuppa to kickstart the day, a spill or two may be on its way. Not only are coffee stains dark and depressing, the absence of coffee inside of you due to the spillage is enough to break your day!

But fear not for there is a way; to get that stain out of your way. Absorb as much excess coffee out of the stain with a paper towel. Pour some cold water on the stain and blot it with a paper towel. Mix a tablespoon of vinegar together with a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and two cups of lukewarm water. Dip a towel into the mixture and blot it onto the stain. Use a clean paper towel to remove the solution from the stain and repeat the steps where necessary.


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