Solutions to Stubborn Stains

Lately, we’ve been working to improve our Pinterest page. We’d love to invite you to go over and take a look at our collection of awesome tips and tricks! You can find us by clicking here. During our overhaul, we ran into a crowd favorite pin that inspired this blog post.


One of the most stressful things in the cleaning world is a difficult stain. We’ve all encountered them…don’t let them stress you out any longer! Here are a few MUST KNOW stain removal tips to make your life easier.

Cleaning the Furniture

By far, our most re-pinned post is Deep-Clean Your Natural-Fabric Couch for Better Snuggling from POPSUGAR.

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You can checkout the article for more detailed instructions, but here is an overview:

  1. First, the most important step is checking out the tag to see what material it is made from. This will help you to know what you can and can’t use to clean.
  2. Then, pre-clean by scrubbing with a white cloth. Using any type of dyed fabric runs the risk of further staining the fabric.
  3. Allow twenty minutes to an hour for baking soda (or another natural cleaner) to absorb stains.
  4. Finish off with a run of the vacuum to pick up the baking soda.

Need to clean or restore non-fabric furniture?


If you’re looking to effectively shine or even repair wooden furniture without sticky, left-over residue, check out this DIY vinegar and olive oil recipe from Domestic Bliss Squared. You can create your own cleaner to help give your vintage furniture new life today with items you already have in your kitchen cabinet. Check out the amazing transformation documented with before and after pictures in her blog post.

Cleaning Water Stains

If you’ve read our recent blog post, Six Clever Ways to Clean With Vinegar, you know vinegar is a favorite here at The Cleaning Crew. Ceara at DIY Confessions agrees with us. She used a mixture of dish soap, vinegar, and lemon juice to completely transform her kitchen sink. Whenever you find yourself battling water stains, this will prove useful. You can read through the process she used to get these unbelievable results on her blog DIY Confessions.

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Cleaning ANYTHING Else

And I mean anything…

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Look no further! The students at University of Illinois have created a site specifically dedicated to stain solutions. No, seriously. They did. And, it’s awesome! From Worcestershire sauce to super glue to hair dye, the site has an index containing over 200 staining elements, the supplies you need to clean them, and the preferred method to clean the stain. You can browse through the alphabetized graphics or search using a toolbar by clicking here.

Many stains are the result of unexpected accidents, and one of the best ways to fight stains is to never let them set. So, knowing how to respond when a stain happens is important. To help with this, they also have a nifty “Getting Started” guide that helps you get organized to be prepared to fight stains as soon as they happen.


While knowing how to respond quickly is key. Keeping things clean over time helps to reduce general build up that can lead to really stubborn, hard-to-remove stains, yellowing, and dinginess. Let us help you to prevent those by regularly cleaning trouble spots in your home.

To keep your house spotless, get a no-obligation quote! Give us a call today at 541-601-6236 or shoot us an email at

DIY Recipes ( June’s Laundry Basket )


—> We’ve rounded up the best DIY Laundry tips and hacks that make laundry actually fun! A little bit of TLC can go a long way when you’re doing the laundry. Enjoy these classic cleaning tips —>

1) DIY Laundry Scent Booster


Via  Simply Shellie

 This “green” and budget friendly laundry scent booster will refresh and brighten your laundry loads. Keep your laundry bright and Fresh —>  Click HERE!

2) DIY Laundry stain Remover


Via She Knows

 Do you have a tough stain on your clothing? This handy guide will tell you how to remove stains from different fabrics. Read on for natural stain removing tips! –> Click HERE!  + Printable

3) DIY All-in-One Laundry Bombs

laundry_bombsVia PopSugar

Enjoy the convenience of laundry bombs, but without all the expense. Bonus? You’ll know exactly what is in them! —> Click HERE!

4) DIY Reusable Dryer Sheets


Via The Mama’s Girls

Ditch that fabric softener and those store bought dryer sheets and try these Reusable DIY Homemade Dryer Sheets and fabric softener –>  Click HERE!

5) DIY Better Smelling Towels


Via Penny Pinchin Mom

Over time, your bath towels will build up detergent and fabric softener residue. This not only attracts SMELLY mildew, it can essentially “waterproof” your towels. If water can’t get into the fabric to clean it, the towel won’t BE or SMELL clean. Here’s an easy fix:

–> Click Here!

6) Homemade Liquid Fabric Softener

This homemade liquid fabric softener can be used in your washing machine just like commercial softeners! Here’s how to make your own liquid fabric softener.

1. Add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil to a one-gallon jug of white vinegar.

2. Close the lid and give it a good shake.

3. When it’s time to do your laundry, shake it once again, and use 1/3 cup per load.

That’s it!

7) DIY Clean Your Washer


Via I Heart Naptime

Here is the easiest way to clean your washer …all it takes is ONE ingredient and a few minutes to leave your washer smelling squeaky clean. –> Click HERE!


What are some of YOUR favorite laundry room tips, tricks, and hacks? Leave a comment below and share the love.

Summer’s in full swing. If you get a case of “summer overwhelm” and need some housecleaning help, give us a call for a simple and quick over the phone quote: 541-601-6236.