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Friday, October 12, 2012

Spaghetti Stains

Hey Bekah!
Do you know of any way to get spaghetti stains out of the carpet?

Hello Blog!
I'm so glad you asked. It just so happens that I have a very messy one year old who constantly throws her spaghetti on our floor. I have recently discovered the magic trick to removing these nasty, often permanent stains.

First you need to make a trip to the store. Pick up a bottle of regular distilled white vinegar, a box of borax, a box of washing soda, and a bar of fels-naptha. If you don't have one, grab a cheap spray bottle for the vinegar. Keep the spray bottle handy around the house. It's a fantastic natural disinfectant you can use anywhere without fear of allergic reactions to crazy chemicals.

Make your powder cleanser.
This is my all around the house cleanser. I use it on my carpet, my toilet, my bath tub, I even add a little to the washing machine as a laundry booster. I use it everywhere!

Grate up the fels-naptha then run it through you food processor if you want it powdery. You don't have to process it into a powder. I like to, though.
Mix together the borax, washing soda, and fels-naptha.

There's your multi-purpose powder cleaner.

So, now get a medium size bowl and put about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of the powder in it. Top it off with about 2 or 3 cups of hot water. Stir to dissolve. There will be floating bits of the fels-naptha on top. That ok!

Now spray the stain with vinegar.
Take a wash cloth or a microfiber cloth and dip it in the bowl with your dissolved cleaner. Get some of the floating fels-naptha on your cloth. Now rub in little circles and your stain should start disappearing right in front of you. Spray more vinegar or sprinkle a little more powder on the stain if you need to.
Once your done, lay a towel down on the wet spot and pat up the liquid. You can leave the towel over the spot over night to let it dry.
Once dry, vacuum up any powder that was left behind.

I first used this on a three day old spaghetti stain then again this morning on a two day old tomato soup stain. Both stains are now gone.

I hope you have as much luck as I did with this!

Another way to address the stain is to spray with vinegar, sprinkle with the powder cleaner, dip your cloth in hot water and rub. Do whichever you like best!

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