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7th November 2019

Having two children under four means that practically every single day I’m faced with stains. Stains on their clothes, stains on the bedding, stains on the sofa (why, oh why did I purchase teal coloured sofas) and even stains on the laminate flooring.

They said having kids would be hard, but they never said how many stains I would have to deal with!

Before we moved into our family home, I would have been more likely to throw out stained clothes or ignore stains on the furniture than think about tackling them, but guys, I’ve changed. Becoming a homeowner has made me more Mrs Hinch than Waynetta Slob and I’m ready to share all my four step process to getting rid of even the most difficult of stains with you.

As an added bonus, at the end of this life changing post (and it will be life changing, trust me) I’ve got a giveaway to win a bundle of cleaning products that will make tackling stains even easier!

1. Deal with it immediately

The first rule of dealing with stains is making sure you tackle the issue immediately, instead of leaving the offending item on the laundry basket for weeks on end (it’s not just me that does this, right?)

Dealing with it straight away isn’t always easy when you are juggling kids, but try to get to work as quickly as possible so the stain doesn’t set, especially if we are talking about an expensive item of clothing, or one of your favourite pieces.

2. Tackle the stain

Depending on what the stain is and whether the article of clothing is a colour or a white, there are a few options when it comes to tackling the stain at hand.

If you’re looking for a natural stain remover, then white vinegar is a must have staple in your laundry cupboard. Because most stains are slightly acidic, the acidity of white vinegar means stains will dissolve once they come into contact with it. Be careful to dilute it correctly though and avoid using it on delicate fabrics which can be damaged by the acidity of it.

To boost the efficiency of white vinegar, some people like to add a little bicarbonate of soda to the solution to make a fizzy stain remover that will also work on alkaline stains such as beetroot, avocado and spinach – common baby led weaning type stains, amiright?

Another natural stain remover is salt, especially when it comes to blood stains, and god knows we have plenty of them here thanks to Dexter’s clumsiness. Simply rub a little salt on the offending stain and wash as usual.

Grease stains can be tackled naturally with a little talcum powder. Like the salt tip, simply rub a little talc on the stain and wash as normal and the grease stain will be no more!

However, if you prefer to use a product as opposed to a natural method of stain remover, look no further than market leading stain removers ACE who have a wide range of products to help you tackle any laundry stain.

ACE range of products on windowsill with washing hanging on line behind

We love the ACE bleach for whites which leaves shirts, vests, onesies and t-shirts looking fresh, crisp and as good as new. It’s perfect for tackling those yellow under arm stains, baby poop marks (the jumperoo is a godsend for five minutes peace but it always results in a poonami, up the back style poo!), food stains and general greying of whites which happens over time.

ACE have even now introduced a plastic free option, offering stain removal in a cardboard box, helping us to be more eco-friendly.

They don’t just tackle laundry stains either, ACE also offer a stain remover for use around the home, as well as a power mousse for the most stubborn of stains.

3. Don’t put the item on a hot wash

In this day and age, we shouldn’t really need to do a hot wash anyway – it’s far much more economical and better for the environment to wash on 30 (or lower!) The avoidance of a hot wash will also stop the stain setting, making it a triple win!

4. Hang your laundry outside in the sun

For me, the most important part of tackling stains comes in the final step: ensuring you hang your laundry outside in the sunshine. Yes, it can be pretty difficult this time of year (which is why following steps 1-3 is imperative) but honestly, the sun is the absolute best stain remover there is.

whites hanging outside on the line

A few months ago, I split hot sauce on a cashmere jumper belonging to my husband – I was aghast and had no idea what to do as the item couldn’t go in the washing machine and was far too delicate for any product to be used on it. I rinsed the stain immediately with warm water and decided to hang it on the line for a day or two to see what would happen. Afer 48 hours, the stain was gone – it was a miracle! (Or nature working at its finest!)

So, there we have it. A simple for step process to getting rid of any stain – an absolute godsend when you’re dealing with a weaning baby and a clumsy toddler.

Thanks to ACE, I’m giving away FOUR stain removal bundles worth ยฃ20 each, so you too can tackle any stain in the home. Entering is simple and full instructions are in the widget below. Best of luck!

ace products inside the cupboard

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  • Iain MacIver

    7th November 2019 at 12:35 pm

    pre soak for stains

  • Peter Watson

    7th November 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Use vinegar to descale a kettle.

  • Sheena Batey

    7th November 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Work from top to bottom as dust rises

  • Tracy Nixon

    7th November 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Rubber gloves are great for removing pet hair from sofas etc. Just pop on a pair and rub – the hair will stick to the gloves!

  • Katie

    7th November 2019 at 6:07 pm

    white vinegar is great for sparkly windows

  • Sarah Bailey

    7th November 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Bicarb is a must to have around the home you can do so much with it! It’s a great cleaner when made into a paste and can shine up your skin!

  • Katie B

    7th November 2019 at 9:49 pm

    White vinegar, I live it for wooden floors. It’s great with kids around!

  • Ruth

    7th November 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Using conkers to wash clothes

  • Solange

    7th November 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Use your washing powder as a general cleaner. It really cuts through dirt, grime and grease, very good on shower trays, baths and sinks. Put some down the loo and watch the stains disappear, no need for other high priced cleaners.

  • Shelley Jessup

    8th November 2019 at 12:03 am

    To use a plastic broom on short hair carpets to brush up dog hairs.

  • Eleanor Beavan

    8th November 2019 at 9:23 am

    For candle wax stains, use brown paper and and hot iron over the stain.

  • Katrina Adams

    8th November 2019 at 10:46 am

    You donโ€™t need expensive cleaners โ€“ baking soda and vinegar will get you far.

  • clair downham

    8th November 2019 at 11:52 am

    use an old toothbrush for all the tiny places

  • Jessica Powell

    8th November 2019 at 12:20 pm

    White vinegar is my go to at the moment, it’s fab for windows especially.

  • Margaret Clarkson

    8th November 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Use biological washing powder to clean burnt pans. Simply add a tablespoon and boiling water and leave overnight. Scrub and rinse well the next day.

  • Nadia Josephine

    8th November 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I use lemon and white vinegar to clean my kitchen as there is less chance of staining or ruining my clothes!

  • Caroline Tinsley

    8th November 2019 at 5:54 pm

    As others have said, vinegar is brilliant! I use it on my taps and stainless steel sinks.

  • Mel Turner

    8th November 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Lilttle and often

  • Ruth Harwood

    9th November 2019 at 9:20 am

    Divide it into bite-size chunks! xx

  • Maya Russell

    9th November 2019 at 11:07 am

    To help clean up dust mites make a white vinegar solution (half vinegar, half cooled boiled water) with a few drops of essential oils like peppermint, rosemary, tea-tree oil, lavender and eucalyputus. Spray on carpets, bedding, soft toys etc. It, apparently, deters dust mites and the vinegar breaks down and neutralises the faeces which causes allergies. Keep hoovering regularly as well.

  • Anonymous

    9th November 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Laundry baskets ! One for volours one for ehites one for everything else – simple yet so effective

  • Margaret Gallagher

    9th November 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Laundry baskets for dark colours and whites and one for everything in between – really works


    9th November 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Use old newspaper when washing the windows with warm soapy water

  • Georgina Prince

    9th November 2019 at 1:45 pm

    spray zoflora on your radiators in winter and when the heating comes on the house will smell lovely x

  • Jemma Dwyer

    9th November 2019 at 6:44 pm

    use vinegar on the sink

  • Jodie Green

    9th November 2019 at 9:36 pm

    baby oil for stainless steel! Works wonders!

  • Clare Munden

    10th November 2019 at 8:45 am

    I like to boil orange peel to make the kitchen smell fresh and lovely

  • Jacqui Graham

    10th November 2019 at 10:21 am

    use hairspray for removing sticky residue from sticky labels – works a treat

  • Ani Costa

    10th November 2019 at 11:54 am

    Bicarb of soda and white vinegar works wonders!

  • Rishona Taylor

    10th November 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Use juice of a lemon in bowl of hot water in microwave for a few minutes to lift any grime, making it easier to clean

  • cheryl hadfield

    10th November 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Using a damp cloth to dust add a few drops of zoflora, dusts really well and smells good too

  • Carole Nott

    10th November 2019 at 8:12 pm

    I use new paint brushes for dusting surfaces and tricky ornaments

  • Lorna Ledger

    11th November 2019 at 6:41 pm

    I love putting a bit of essential oil in my wash – my clothes smell fab

  • Andrea Upton

    11th November 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Clean as you go so you don’t end up with way too much to do

  • Kim Styles

    12th November 2019 at 12:26 pm

    soak whites with stains on in nappysan before washiing

  • Rachel Roach

    12th November 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Vinegar solution

  • Alison Johnson

    12th November 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Bicarbonate Soda made into a paste & white vinegar is a great mixture for cleaning your oven.

  • Rich Tyler

    13th November 2019 at 1:19 am

    Using a lemon to clean fridge

  • Kristyn Harris

    13th November 2019 at 11:33 am

    Keep to a good routine and have all your cleaning products easy to hand. I put mine in a child-proof box.

  • Charlotte isobelle

    14th November 2019 at 9:32 am

    lemon and hot water for shine

  • katherine s

    16th November 2019 at 7:04 am

    My top cleaning hack is to clean as you go. Don’t let it pile up.

  • Michaela Turner

    17th November 2019 at 5:12 am

    Stick to one room a day so you can really focus on cleaning that particular room each week

  • Naila M

    17th November 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Use white vinegar its helpful when cleaning your windows ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julie Scattergood

    18th November 2019 at 1:13 am

    Youโ€™ve pretty much covered my usual routine in this post. I would emphasise to deal with the stain immediately and have a selection of core products in stock to enable that to happen.

  • Amy Bondoc

    18th November 2019 at 6:06 pm

    baking powder with a little water means no scrubbing tte oven!!

  • Emma England

    19th November 2019 at 11:23 am

    My top tip is to just spend 30 mins a day on cleaning and then youโ€™ll always stay on top of it

  • Kim Neville

    19th November 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Use vinegar to get rid of hard water spots

  • James Travis

    19th November 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Clean as you go along, don’t let it build up otherwise you’ll become overwhelmed with a mammoth task.

  • Alex Telford

    19th November 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Use clothes not wipes, so much better for the environment ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Susan Willshee

    21st November 2019 at 9:48 pm

    use a scrim cloth to clean windows. It’s much more likely to clean without smears.

  • Cathryn Crawshaw

    21st November 2019 at 10:11 pm

    pre soak for stains

  • Anonymous

    22nd November 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Baby oil gives an amazing shine on kitchen sinks I do this after iv had a good clean

  • Lynn Neal

    22nd November 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Use an old toothbrush dipped in bleach to clean tile grouting!

  • Janine Atkin

    22nd November 2019 at 6:24 pm

    clean as you go

  • Rachael Sexey

    23rd November 2019 at 10:20 am

    I put on my favourite playlist and dance whilst I clean

  • Anthea Holloway

    23rd November 2019 at 11:03 am

    Little and often so you don’t get bogged down in cleaning tasks!

  • Samantha M

    23rd November 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Keep some white vinegar handy as it’s good for emergency carpet stains!

  • Sheri Darby

    23rd November 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Little and often, with the occasional big cleaning project

  • Kirsty Taylor

    23rd November 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I use a handheld floor brush to clean the wall tiles in my shower – the stains and mould come right off.

  • ellie spider

    23rd November 2019 at 9:06 pm

    to get rid of nasty smells and grease in your oven, microwave or fridge pop a sliced up lemon in a bowl of hot water and leave with the door closed ๐Ÿ™‚ wipe over the inside with a damp cloth and it will be sparkly clean and smellling great

  • Melissa Lee

    24th November 2019 at 9:11 am

    I love sugar soap – it’s great for cleaning bathtubs and showers

  • Carly Belsey

    24th November 2019 at 10:39 am

    I use a scrunched up newspaper to clean mirrors. It actually works really well to get them sparkling

  • paula cheadle

    24th November 2019 at 11:32 am

    Brown sauce for cleaning copper

  • Denise Walton

    24th November 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I use bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar to clean quite a few things

  • Sarah Morris

    24th November 2019 at 2:24 pm

    A little everyday

  • Catherine Gregory

    24th November 2019 at 4:00 pm

    If you want to get fresh clean carpets sprinkle with baking powder and leave for an hour then hoover. Great at making rooms smell fresh

  • Rachel B

    24th November 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Get your kids to help and lighten the load!

  • Jeanette Leighton

    24th November 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Use lemon juice to escape a kettle or coffee maker

  • Tammy Neal

    24th November 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Baby wipes work wonders on tough stains

  • Hayley F

    24th November 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Do it as you go, then the cleaning won’t build up x

  • Kate Davies

    24th November 2019 at 7:10 pm

    A rubber window squeegee is great for getting pet hair out of carpets.

  • Jennifer Toal

    24th November 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Newspaper for smear free windows

  • Kirsteen Mackay

    24th November 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Baby oil is great for making chrome shine like new.

  • Tee Simpson

    24th November 2019 at 11:21 pm

    My tip is to use vinegar and water to clean and wipe down surfaces. It cuts grease and grime and is environmentally good

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