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Getting Rid Of Stains And Odours In The Home

Getting Rid Of Stains And Odours In The Home

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Family life can really take its toll on a home. From young children ‘decorating’ the walls to the stench of cooking odours and the dirt from people traipsing through the house with dirty feet, all households have to deal with getting rid of stains and odours. Here’s how to easily banish of some of the most common.

Crayons on walls

Your child is sitting drawing nicely so you decide to take the 30 seconds of quiet time to nip to the loo. You return half a minute later to find that the wall obviously made a much better canvas than paper for your child to show off her creative streak. The good news is that crayon, coloured pencil and most washable felt tips will come away from the walls, however, it may take a little trial and error.

Many people swear by using toothpaste to get rid of crayon and biro marks. Use white toothpaste on a cloth and gently rub the stain until it disappears. You can also substitute toothpaste for milk if you’d prefer to use something a little less abrasive, just be sure to rinse the area before the smell goes sour! Crayola recommends using WD-40 on the affected area before wiping with a soft cloth. Whatever your preferred method, be sure to try it out on an inconspicuous area first.


At some point you’ll have to deal with removing bloodstains from clothing. It may be the result of a cut, fall or even as simple as a nosebleed that’s run down the front of a top or jacket. If the item is washable them bung it in a basin of cold water for half an hour before placing it on a normal wash cycle and the stain should come out. This method works best while the stain is still fresh, so once you’ve stemmed the flow and comforted the bleeder, get the tap running and wet the item of clothing straight away.

Carpet stains

Getting Rid Of Stains And Odours In The HomeThe thought of staining does deter many people from carpeting their floors, with many parents of young children opting for wooden flooring as an easy-to-clean alternative. However, it is possible to remove marks from carpet, as long as you’re patient and careful about the process. Blotting the affected area and drying from the outside of the mark in to the centre can lift most stains. Once you’ve removed the worst of it, rinse the area with water and repeat the process. Be careful not to scrub too hard or you may ruin the fibres of the carpet.

Lingering food smells

Whether it’s from a greasy chip pan or oven baked fish, food and cooking smells can often linger and what smelled delicious at the time can soon become an offensive odour you want rid of. The easiest way to stop this from happening is to close the kitchen door and open the window while you cook. This will stop the smell permeating the whole house and the open window will allow smells to escape outside. For a quick fix you can simmer some cinnamon or citrus peelings on the cooker to create a natural air freshener and mask the yucky smells. A bowl of vinegar or coffee grounds left out overnight will help neutralise odours by absorbing the offensive smell.




About Maria Brett

About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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