Ever look underneath or behind your coffee maker and see a perfect ring on your counter from all the overflow? Or wiped off your counter top after making Kool-aid and the exact spill you wiped away has left its annoying little shadow on your counter top? When scrubbing, and scrubbing, and scrubbing some more does little other than give your arms a good workout, try these at home remedies for getting rid of these common and annoying counter top stains.
If you’re not comfortable using bleach to clean your counter top surfaces, never fear. Lemon juice is a natural bleach (try it the next time you get a pit stain in your shirts- simply rub lemon juice into the sweat stain and allow to dry in the sun, where the bleaching effects of lemon juice are the best activated) and can be used to safely clean your surfaces without damaging your counter tops or your household. Simply apply lemon juice directly to the stained areas (or for large surfaces make a spray of baking soda and lemon juice, shake well and apply to help the lemon juice “set”) and let stand for about an hour. Open your blinds to allow natural sunlight to permeate the lemon juice, enhancing its natural bleaching properties. The lemon juice can be wiped away after about an hour (15 minutes or so for fresh stains) and will lift the stain along with it. For better stain removal, use a toothbrush to clean up the stain, moving around in swift, harsh circles. Pulls them out like a charm without getting your cleaning rags dirty. Simply rinse off the toothbrush and you’re done.
Lemon juice, vinegar, and water in equal parts is a great deodorizer, stain cleaner, and bacterial fighter all in one. Perfect for cleaning up after preparing meats and other bacteria infested foods on your counter tops. You can even clean your bathroom and toilet with these natural products.
Baking soda is great for soaking up a coffee or Kool-aid spill prior to wiping down. A great way to confine the spill and get it picked up before your counter and floor soaks it up. Place baking soda right on the fresh spill, wipe it up, and if there is any residue, apply lemon juice or the lemon juice, vinegar and water spray fro easy, chemical free cleanup.
Bonus tip- you can apply baking soda and white vinegar to carpet stains to lift them. Avoid lemon juice as it may bleach your carpet over time. The scent of vinegar dissipates as soon as it dries. Apply baking soda to the stain, allow it to soak up as much of the spill as possible. Let dry, and vacuum. If the stain is still prevalent, spray with equal parts baking soda and vinegar, let stand for 15 minutes or so, and dab the area with a rag to lift out the stain. Don’t rub the stain, as this sets it in and spreads it larger. Dabbing will do. (I stand on a washcloth and bounce up and down on it to lift out stains.) When dry, vacuum again.
Excellent ways to clean your counter tops and rid your home of stains without using harsh chemicals or bleach!