How Do I Remove Stains From Clothing and Toilets?

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The three most common stains you will find on both clothing and toilets come from blood, feces and urine. To remove these stains from clothing and toilets, you will need to use different methods on both the different surfaces. Removing these stains from toilets should take less effort due to the slick texture of the ceramic toilet. Removing feces, urine, and blood from clothing requires more patience, because these stains absorb into the fabric, and need deeper cleaning methods.

Things You'll Need

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • White towel
  • Plastic knife
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Bathroom foaming cleaner
  • Cleaning rag
  • Nylon scrubbing sponge
  • Toilet scrubbing brush

Cleaning Clothing

  • Remove bloodstains from clothing by pouring hydrogen peroxide onto the blood as soon as possible. Hydrogen peroxide works best on fresh bloodstains, though several applications will remove dried blood from clothing. Test the peroxide on a hidden area of the garment beforehand, to ensure the peroxide does not bleach spots of the clothing. Allow the peroxide to stay on the fabric for approximately two minutes, then blot away the stain with a dry, white towel.

  • Pull excrement stains out of your clothing by first using a plastic knife to scrape any remaining residue off the clothing. Use a spray bottle to spray over the stain a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part white vinegar to neutralize the smell and help lift the stain. Blot the clothing with a white towel to lift the stain out of the garment. If you cannot remove all the stain using this method, try flushing the stain out of the garment by holding the stain under running water.

  • Clean urine stains out of clothing by rubbing a paste of baking soda and water over the stain. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a bucket, and place the garment in to soak for 15 minutes to an hour, until the stain no longer remains in the garment.

Cleaning Toilets

  • Scrape away large particles and dried residue from the outside of your toilet using a plastic knife. Spray bathroom foaming cleaner over the stains, and allow the cleaner to sit five to 10 minutes to penetrate the residue.

  • Wipe the foaming cleaner and stain residue from the exterior of the toilet with a cleaning rag. For any remaining stains, apply more foaming cleaner, and use a nylon scrubbing sponge to rub the residue from the toilet.

  • Clean the interior of the toilet bowl by squirting in a liberal amount of toilet bowl cleaner. Scrub the inside of the toilet bowl using a scrubbing brush. Loosen all hardened particles, and scrub away any urine stains. Flush the toilet to rinse these staining particles from the interior of the toilet bowl.

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