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How To Remove Red Wine Stains from White Carpet

by Liz Latham

A bottle of BAC-Out Stain and Odor Eliminator 32oz Concentrated just happened to be in my arsenal of cleaning supplies of my new home in West Seattle the night I was having my best friend over for my first dinner at the house. Steaks and red wine were on the menu and wouldn’t you know it, my friend who was relaxing on the couch, got up and accidentally bumped the coffee table and her wine glass spilled all over the white burbur rug! Without missing a beat, I got up, said, “it’s no big deal, I have something that can get that out”. I grabbed my 32 oz. bottle of BAC-OUT Stain and Odor Eliminator by Biokleen (A company in Vancouver, Washington that makes all natural cleaning products) and then I saturated the entire area where the red wine was spilled on the rug. Next, I grabbed a cotton bath towel that was old and I folded it a couple times and laid it over the saturated area. Then I stepped on the towel and soaked up the moisture in the rug and subsequently soaked up the red stain. Some back and forth rubbing with the thick towel helped. I repeated this process 2 times and all the wine came out.

Biokleen is a Washington State company and their products can be found in the health food cleaning section in your local grocery stores like: Fred Meyer, QFC, Thriftway, Metropolitan Market. Safeway does not carry this product line. Biokleen's BAC-OUT Stain and Odor Eliminator uses live enzymes and lime peel extract in this particular product and you can also use this as a method to eliminate cat urine odor from carpets!

If you drink red wine, I recommend keeping this product around!


Vinegar and Water

by Liz Latham

Vinegar and water is the main ingredient we use at Seattle Cleaning Service. In a professional size spray bottle (but you can use any kind of clean spray bottle) I use about a 20-30% portion of distilled white vinegar and the remainder I fill with tap water. I can spray this solution on the tiles in my shower and wipe with a microfiber rag and the tiles will gleam! We use this Vinegar and Water spray on windows, glass and mirrors and to makes the fixtures on sinks sparkle. A stronger percentage of vinegar can be used to spray around the perimeter of your kitchen to keep ants away - don't saturate, just mist the spray. The smell of vinegar dissipates in about 10 minutes. I learned to like the smell because it means I'm cleaning my home chemical free and I'm not hurting my lungs and if it gets on my skin it won't cause any damage to my central nervous system. There are all kinds of links on the internet about the various uses for vinegar, water, and when you add baking soda to that you can have even more fun cleaning! Vinegar is an antimicrobial (which means it actually can kill living germs) and an anti-bacterial, but unfortunately the government can't list it as such because it is a food.



Hydrogen Peroxide vs. Bleach

by Becky Ransey of Indiana

I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost?  My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide.

Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor's office?

NO!!!  Why?  Because it smells, and it is not healthy!  Ask The nurses who work in the doctor's offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home.  They are wiser and know better!

Did you also know bleach was invented in the late 40's?  It's C! chlorine, folks! 

Peroxide was invented during WWI.  It was used to save and help cleanse the
needs of our troops and hospitals.  Please think about this:

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out.  (I do it when I bathe.)  No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash...

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell.  Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe down your countertops, or spray it on the counters directly.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to Kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for y! ears until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of Peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide...

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep
it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like
bleach or most other disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus.  It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria.  Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% ! peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day.  The pain will lessen greatly.

10. Put half a bottle of peroxide into your bathwater to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections..

11. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them.  If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot.  Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water.  Repeat if necessary.

12. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors.  There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.

I could go on and on.  It is a little brown bottle no home should be without!

With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner!"

This information really woke me up.  I hope you gain something from it, too.


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