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DAILY FIND: Sometimes the Internet is a crappy place full of crap. But today I’m reminded that it’s an amazing trove of free and good information from reliable sources: The University of Illinois Extension has created a searchable index of every stain known to man and stain removal solutions for each. The tool will even tell you what your window of stain-treatment time is to achieve optimal results.

This is nerd GOLD, people. Use it in good health. -ts

UFYH, have you seen this?

So I keep saying that I don’t have a degree from stain college, but apparently the University of Illinois Extension is, in fact, stain college, so you should check this database out.

Dear UFYH- Alright, so I got myself into a bit of a predicament. My friend is letting me crash on her couch (more or less) and for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to buy Hawaiian punch and drink it while sitting on the floor. End result: bright red stain. I tried to get it out, but not luck. It's on brown and tan carpet. Any ideas?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

A) Sippy cups or drink in the kitchen from now on.

B) Mix a little lukewarm water, dish soap, and vinegar. Dab at the stain a few times, then use a clean cloth soaked in the solution and let it sit. Blot up with clear water. Repeat until stain goes away.

You and your blog are amazing!! Thank you for your time and all that you do!! So I have a couple of mugs that have been stained by green tea ( idk if it happens with all green tea, but a film develops and it stays on the inside of the mug) an cannot get it off. They are my favorite mugs, so I still use them, but would not dare give it to company because they are embarrassing and look dirty, which is sad. Suggestions??
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Denture tablets.

Asker unioncarbide Asks:
OK I've got one that I don't think I've seen yet: I've got a couple button-down shirts that have deodorant residue in the pits. I'm not talking about a little white stain, these are crinkly almost canvas textured areas in an otherwise extremely soft and comfortable cotton shirt. How do I get rid of these, he asks, expecting the answer "vinegar". Thanks in advance :)
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

I’m almost afraid to say vinegar :)

Try making a paste of baking soda and water and working it into the build-up/fabric with an old toothbrush. Let it sit, then wash it as usual. OxiClean would also be worth a try. I think the paste/brush combo is key, though.


Asker stfusexists Asks:
I have an off white couch - the fabric similar to corduroy. It has gotten all kinds of gross with people oils, do you have any idea how I should clean it to make it less gross? :(
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Steam/vac cleaner with an upholstery attachment (or a small steam cleaner like the Little Green or similar). If you don’t own one (it’s possible I’m the only weirdo who does), you can rent them at the grocery store or home improvement store.

There’s little more satisfying than seeing the dirty water reservoir after you’ve steam cleaned something you previously thought was white or off-white. Satisfying in the kinda gross way.

Asker awesomemodon Asks:
Help me UFYH you're my only hope. I just moved out of my old apartment and need it cleaned by the 31st at 5PM EST. The tags have helped some, but, alas, there doesn't seem to be much on cleaning carpet. I've vacuumed the carpet super thoroughly once and it still looks gross -- there are black/brown spots from: 1) pencil graphite 2) where my bed's wheels sat for 3 years, 3) blood maybe? I plan on steam cleaning the carpet in a day or two, but, I'd like to get as much out as I can before that.
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Depending on colorfastness, peroxide can help a lot, especially with the blood stains. A mild solution of dish detergent and water, worked into the carpet fibers with a toothbrush should start budging the stains, while the steamer will probably handle the rest.

How do I unfuck my cloth seats in my car? There's weird stains on the passenger seat and they scare me. But it's not like I can get a steam cleaner in there.
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Rubbing alcohol should work on most stains. Blot it on, and maybe use a small brush like a toothbrush to work it into the fabric. You can also use a mild dish detergent and water solution, work small amounts of it in with a scrub brush, and then blot dry with clean rags.

They can be used to clean:

  • Reusable water bottles
  • Stained coffee or tea cups
  • Stained toilet bowls
  • Flower vases with residue inside
  • Tomato sauce-stained Tupperware
Is there a way to get crayon that melted in the dryer out of clothing? DOES VINEGAR GET MELTED CRAYON STAINS OUT OF CLOTHING??
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Vinegar doesn’t, but WD-40 does.

Anyone who wants some literary companionship to UFYH should consider the books Spotless, Speed Cleaning and Stainless by Shannon Lush. She's a fount of endless knowledge about stain removal etc.
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Stain books!

If you have specific questions about stains, know that my answer will always be some combination of baking soda, vinegar, hot water, Magic Eraser, and a scrub brush. If you have a specific stain question, Google is a much better, faster, and more accurate resource than I am.

I’m the motivational support. The technical stain stuff has all been handled, and handled better, by other people.