EXTRA GREEN QUICK CLEANING TIPS
HOW TO REMOVE PET STAINS AND ODORS FROM CLOTHES, CARPET, AND UPHOLSTERY
We love our pets but not the stains and odors that come from urine, poop, and vomit. Whether you have cats or dogs or both, accidents happen. Urine from cats and dogs and spraying from cats leaves stains but it is usually the odor (much worse than human urine) that is most troublesome. Of course, the sooner the stain is treated the more successful the stain removal will be. You can remove all evidence of a pet mishap, and, in most cases, you can do it easily with supplies you have on hand as your secret weapon.
Stain Type 
Protein-based 
Detergent Type
Heavy-duty laundry detergent
Water Temperature 
Cold water
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Equipment / Tools
Urine Stains and Odors (Clothes and Bed Linens)
Dull knife or scraper (for solids)
Water faucet
Soaking basin
Washing machine
Paper towels or white cloths (Optional)
Outdoor clothing line (Optional)Feces and Vomit Stains (Clothes)
Water faucet
Dull knife or scraper (for solids)
Soaking basin
Washing machine
Soft-bristled brush (optional)
Carpet and Upholstery
Paper towels or white cloths
Dull knife or scraper
Spray bottle (optional)
Soft-bristled brush
Wet/dry shop vacuum (optional)
Conventional vacuum
MATERIALS
Urine Stains and Odors (Clothes and Bed Linens)
Water
Heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent
White distilled vinegar
Feces and Vomit Stains (Clothes)
Water
Oxygen-based bleach
Heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent
Carpet and Upholstery
Water
Distilled white vinegar
Baking soda
Hydrogen peroxide
INSTRUCTIONS
items for removing pet stains
Before You Begin
Lift any solid matter from a fabric, carpet, or upholstery surface with a dull edge like a kitchen knife or scraper. Never rub a stain because it can make the stain larger and more difficult to remove.
While there are shelves full of commercial pet stain removers, you can easily make your own with the simple ingredients.
If a dry-clean-only garment gets stained, blot away urine stains with a white cloth or paper towel. As soon as possible, head to the dry cleaner and point out the stain. If you have upholstery that is vintage or silk, consult a professional cleaner for stain removal.
If you decide to use a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.
01 N- Flush With Cold Water
Begin by flushing the area with cold water. Hold the wrong side of the fabric under a running faucet and let the full force of the water flush the urine out of the fibers.
02 - Machine Wash With Laundry Detergent and Vinegar
Launder as usual using the hottest water temperature recommended for the fabric and a heavy-duty detergent. (Tide or Persil are the highest-rated brands with enough enzymes to break apart the stain molecules.) Add one cup white distilled vinegar to the wash water to help reduce odor. 
03 - Soak Overnight in Vinegar-Water Solution
If the stain is old and the odor is strong, mix a solution of one gallon of cool water and two cups of white distilled vinegar. Completely submerge the fabric and allow it to soak overnight. Wash as recommended above. 
04 - Tried But True Odor Remover
In many parts of the U.S., clothing lines have become a thing of the past, but line drying items outside with the full force of the sun and air will also help get rid of odors.HOW TO REMOVE PET STAINS AND ODORS FROM CLOTHES, CARPET, AND UPHOLSTERY
Fresh pet feces and vomit stains should be treated as soon as possible.
01 - Remove Solid Matter
Begin by removing as much solid matter as possible with a dull edge like a dull knife, spatula, or plastic scraper. Do not rub the stains with a cloth because that will drive the stains deeper into the fabric fibers. If the stain is dried or old, scrape or brush off any crusted matter.
02 - Flush Under Running Water
Once the solids are removed, hold the wrong side of the stained area under a cold water faucet and let the stream push the stain out of the fibers.
Never use hot water at first. Just like boiling water cooks an egg, hot water starts to cook the protein that is in the stain; this sets the stain and makes it harder to remove.
03 - Soak in Oxygen-Based Bleach Solution
Mix a solution of cool water and oxygen-based bleach by following package directions. Mix enough so that the entire item can be submerged. Allow the stained item to soak for at least four hours or overnight.
04 - Machine Wash and Dry
Machine wash in the hottest water recommended for the fabric with a heavy-duty detergent. Check the stained area on a garment before drying it. Never place a stained item in a hot dryer. Instead, repeat the stain-removing steps until the stain is gone. 
Animals can sometimes have accidents on your best home furnishings. The key to removing the stains and odor is to treat the stains as soon as possible. Accidents left untreated can permanently discolor carpet and upholstery fibers.Most of the same cleaning solutions and techniques used on clothes can be used to remove pet stains from carpet and upholstery or you can use a commercial product like ECOS for Pets Stain & Odor Remover. Since you cannot flush carpets and upholstery under running water, the cleaning methods have been modified. Extra care must be taken to avoid over-wetting upholstery because it is difficult to remove moisture from the cushions and padding, and that can lead to the formation of mold and mildew.
01 - Remove Solids and Soak up Liquids
As quickly as possible, remove solids with a dull knife or spatula and soak up urine stains with white paper towels or an old cloth. You can also soak up the moisture with a wet/dry shop vacuum. If using a cloth, press it firmly into the stain using an old shoe and keep moving to a dry area or new paper towel to absorb as much liquid as possible.
02 - Make Your Own Pet Stain Cleaner
Mix a solution of one part distilled white vinegar and one part cool water. For easy use, place the solution in a spray bottle.
03 - Saturate and Brush Stain With Pet Stain Cleaner
Pour or spray the mixture onto the urine stain. Use enough to completely saturate the carpet all the way to the backing. Use a soft-bristle brush to work it deep into the fibers.
TIP
If the stain is on an area rug covering wooden floors, lift the rug while cleaning to prevent damage to the wood floors.
04 - Blot and Allow the Area to Dry
Blot the solution away using paper towels or a shop vacuum and allow the area to air-dry.
05 - Use Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Mixture
When the carpet is dry, sprinkle the cleaned area of the carpet with baking soda. Mix one-half cup hydrogen peroxide with two cups cool water. This should be mixed fresh each time because hydrogen peroxide turns to pure water after exposure to light. Spray or pour this solution onto the baking soda and use a soft-bristled brush to work it into the carpet.
06 - Blot and Air-Dry
Blot or use a wet/dry vacuum to suck away the moisture. Allow the carpet to air-dry away from direct heat. Repeat the steps if needed and once the stain is removed and it is completely dry, vacuum to lift the fibers.

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EXTRA GREEN QUICK CLEANING TIPS – CLEANING WITH LEMON JUICE

Find seven household uses for lemons. They are a natural disinfectant, stain remover and are wonderful for polishing metal. Also, lemons are inexpensive and eco-friendly.

Cleaning laminate countertops: Cut a whole lemon in half, squeeze the juice onto the counter. Using the lemon as a scrubber, work the juice over the stains. Leave the juice on until the stains disappear then rinse with water and dry.

Cutting boards: The same procedure works on cutting boards. The lemon will also disinfect the board at the same time.

Cleaning copper: Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle salt (any kind – even sea salt) onto the lemon. Massage the lemon wedge onto the brass, squeezing the juice out until the tarnish is buffed off. As it stops working, add more salt to the lemon. Rinse well with water and let dry. It is important to keep copper bottom pans clean because they redistribute the heat according to how clean they are on the bottom.

Cleaning brass: If a piece is brass plated, it will be brass on one side and solid black on the other side. Never use lemon on anything that is brass plated – only solid brass. Brass plated items need to be cleaned very gently with an oil soap – never use anything acidic on it. Use the same method for cleaning solid brass as for copper – one half of a lemon with salt sprinkled on it and rub until it is clean. Rinse well with water.

Removing rust from clothes: Put lemon juice on the rust stain and then sprinkle cream of tartar onto the top of the juice. Rub in the solution and let it sit on the stain until the rust is gone. The citric acid will take the rust off. Some stains are tougher than others, but 15 to 30 minutes should work just fine. Launder as usual.

Bleaching white clothes with lemon juice: Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice (or sliced lemons) with one gallon of very hot water. Soak the clothes in the solution. Do not use for silk, it is best for cotton and polyester. Let the clothes soak from an hour to overnight, depending on how badly the clothing needs bleaching. Rremove the clothing from the mix and pour the mix into the washing machine and wash as usual. It’s impossible to over-bleach using lemon juice.

Getting stains out of Tupperware: Squeeze lemon juice in the container and then add baking soda. Use the lemon as a cleaning tool and work it in. If the stains are bad, let it sit overnight before scrubbing the stains.

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EXTRA GREEN QUICK CLEANING TIPS – Part V

HOW TO MAKE NATURAL CLEANSERS FROM PANTRY ITEMS

CORNSTARCH

For windows and mirrors, mix 2 quarts warm water with 1/2 cup cornstarch. Apply with a sponge and buff dry for a sparkling shine.

If you have a grease stain on wallpaper, make a thick paste of cornstarch and water and apply it to the grease stain.

As the cornstarch dries, it draws the grease into the paste. When completely dry, wipe or vacuum off the dried cornstarch.

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EXTRA GREEN QUICK CLEANING TIPS – Part IV

HOW TO MAKE NATURAL CLEANSERS FROM PANTRY ITEMS

Baking soda’s mild abrasive action and natural deodorizing properties make it a powerful replacement for harsh powders and cleansers.

Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle grimy bathtub rings, scour vanity units or remove food deposits from the kitchen sink.

Keep bathroom drains running freely and smelling sweet by pouring 1/2 to 3/4 cup baking soda into the drain, and dribbling just enough hot water to wash the solution down.

Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, and then flush thoroughly with hot water (do not use on blocked drains).

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EXTRA GREEN QUICK CLEANING TIPS – Part III

HOW TO MAKE NATURAL CLEANSERS FROM PANTRY ITEMS

White vinegar is a natural deodorizer

Used straight from the jug, undiluted white vinegar makes quick work of tougher cleaning problems involving hard-water deposits or soap scum.

Use it to clean the inside of the toilet bowl. Before you begin, dump a bucket of water into the toilet to force water out of the bowl and allow access to the sides.

Pour undiluted white vinegar around the bowl and scrub with a toilet brush.

Use a pumice stone to remove any remaining hard-water rings.

Clean showerheads that have been clogged with mineral deposits with undiluted white vinegar too.

Place 1/4 to 1/2 cup vinegar in a plastic food storage bag, and secure the bag over the showerhead with a rubber band.

Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, then rinse.

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EXTRA GREEN QUICK CLEANING TIPS – Part II

HOW TO MAKE NATURAL CLEANSERS FROM PANTRY ITEMS

White vinegar is a natural deodorizer — it absorbs odors instead of covering them up. And, no, your bathroom won’t smell like a salad.

Try this recipe to harness the cleaning power of white vinegar. Mix in a spray bottle:

1 cup white vinegar

1 cup water

Use this solution on:

LAUNDRY: Vinegar cuts detergent residue so it also makes a great fabric softener.

KITCHEN SURFACES: Use a vinegar-and-water spray solution on countertops and backsplashes. It will remove fingerprints and streaks from stainless steel appliances.

ODOR ELIMINATOR: Place a small dish of vinegar beside the stove when cooking fish to absorb the odors.

BATHROOM: Use a vinegar solution on countertops, floors and outside of the toilet. For tough surfaces, like shower walls, boost the cleaning power by heating the vinegar solution in the microwave until barely hot. Spray the warmed solution generously; allow to stand for 10 to15 minutes, then scrub and rinse.

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HOW TO MAKE NATURAL CLEANSERS FROM PANTRY ITEMS

Use simple ingredients from the pantry to make cleaners. You’ll save money, and homemade cleaners are healthier for your family and the environment.

Some of these cleaning recipes are as old as dirt, but they work and you don’t have to spend a bundle on getting your home clean.

WHITE VINEGAR

A solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle can go a long way when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. Mildly acidic white vinegar dissolves dirt, soap scum and hard-water deposits from smooth surfaces, yet it is gentle enough to use on hardwood flooring.

White vinegar is a natural deodorizer — it absorbs odors instead of covering them up. And, no, your bathroom won’t smell like a salad. The acidic aroma disappears when dry.

Try this recipe to harness the cleaning power of white vinegar. Mix in a spray bottle:
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water

Use this solution on:
Grout: White vinegar has no coloring agents, so it won’t stain grout on tiled surfaces…

Laundry: Vinegar cuts detergent residue so it also makes a great fabric softener.

Kitchen surfaces: Use a vinegar-and-water spray solution on countertops and backsplashes. It will remove fingerprints and streaks from stainless steel appliances.

Odor eliminator: Place a small dish of vinegar beside the stove when cooking fish to absorb the odors.

Bathroom: Use a vinegar solution on countertops, floors and outside of the toilet. For tough surfaces, like shower walls, boost the cleaning power by heating the vinegar solution in the microwave until barely hot. Spray the warmed solution generously; allow to stand for 10 to15 minutes, then scrub and rinse.

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