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   Posted 1/5/2010 12:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Now that most of the holiday season is over we are left with some clean-up. I still had to put the table leaves away yesterday and iron a table cloth but one thing that comes with company is stains! Food gets on the carpet or your best table cloth, someone leaves a beverage on a wood end table, or maybe a child finds some lipstick on the bathroom and begins to decorate your walls! shocked I'm dealing with the carpet deal...grand kids and food = carpet stains. There are tons of products that get out many stains but what about the ones you just can NOT get out? So...what's the most creative way you've disguised a stain?

I'm one who usually puts furniture over a stain on the carpet if it's in an appropriate location. What do the rest of you do with stains and hiding them? What types have you had to deal with???


ps..I just remembered a funny story about my favorite uncle. His wife was a wonderful cook and hostess, casual yet magnificent meals came from her kitchen. There was always a linen cloth on the table too. Well, one time uncle had brought in some fresh broccoli from his garden. Unknowingly a 'hitchhiker' came in with it...a cabbage worm...lol They are green little guys and blend in with the vegetable. Well, when served he found this little guy meandering through his serving and promptly took it out and smashed it into the table cloth. Wrong move!! Something in that innocent little worm never did come out of the cloth and 25 years later we were still hearing about it, with a twinkle in his eye as he saw her disgust. tongue
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   Posted 1/5/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
My son broke his ankle a few years ago and required a cast for 3 weeks. The docs asked if I wanted to shell out the extra money for a waterproof liner and I almost declined it since it was only 3 weeks but, since it was still summer, I splurged so he could shower and swim.

That night, he vomited Spaghetios right into his cast. We were able to use the shower massage to blast them out but the cast was still discolored and very stinky. He soaked it in baking soda but it didn't help. The docs office said they could replace it but insurance wouldn't cover any of it so I would have to pay full price.

Our friend suggested he go swimming in her pool for a few hours. It worked like a charm, the smell went away. We then used Sharpie markers to disguise the stain.

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   Posted 1/5/2010 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to have a shelf above my washer and dryer with all of my laundry stuff on it, unfortunately I didn't know that the shelves weren't put into the studs. When it came crashing down, the bottle of bleach spilled on my husbands AC/DC t-shirt leaving cream colored blotches on black, so I twisted the shirt up as if I were going to tie-dye it and used a spray bottle of bleach,. It came out as a cream, grey and black tie dyed shirt, much more origional than the previous.

Oh and on a side note, my mother taught me to make a home made stain remover that works on 90% of stains and is very very cheap. When there's about an inch left in your dish soap bottle, pour in another inch of peroxide and then fill with water. Because of the peroxide you'll want to check to make sure it won't distort colors, but the dish soap takes out greasy stains and the peroxide takes out organic. I've had it remove stains that had already been washed and dried, even from period panties LOL

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Post Edited (MrsCavbar) : 1/5/2010 8:27:11 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/5/2010 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lola, I'll have to try that stain remover.
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