A couple of weeks ago, I shared a few practical household uses of hydrogen peroxide. Among those uses was removing stains from light colored carpets. Well, I wondered whether the peroxide would have the same effect on our light colored furniture.
It has been a struggle to try to keep the furniture clean. I do my best to make sure that we keep food and drinks off the couches… not always very successfully. Sometimes I come home after making a quick run to work out to pick up groceries only to find all sorts of crumbs and stains on the couches. It’s like they wait for me to walk out the door to eat and drink on the “forbidden territory.” 😉 Okay, okay. So, it’s not that bad. But, you moms know that it feels that way, doesn’t it? So, I wash the cushion covers regularly.
The pattern I’ve described creates two tone couches. The cushions look white/off white and the arm rests and the rest of the frame, which cannot be washed, are yellow-ish. I haven’t wanted to cover the whole thing with a slipcover. So….
I decided to put some hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and sprayed the peroxide onto a very dingy armrest. He thought it would be more effective to pour the peroxide onto the material. So, we did half and half. (Welcome to marriage compromises…) I was going to leave it on there until it dried. However, my chemistry-teacher-husband suggested that I put baking soda on top of it to ensure that the peroxide was absorbed back up through the dirty material and not just down into whatever that is under the dingy upholstery.
I left it on overnight and vacuumed and brushed off the baking soda in the morning. Here is what it looked like when I removed all the baking soda. The only marking on the arm rest was where I “compromised” and let my husband pour (instead of spray) the peroxide. We can fix that easily now that I know how this works!
I think we have an all natural, non-toxic, easy, thrifty answer to alleviating the two tone couch!
How do you get rid of stains on your upholstery?
How is it that no matter your age, blowing bubbles just doesn’t get old?!
Well, recently my daughter received one of those bottles of bubble fun as a gift and we got hooked–all over again! The one thing that bothered me most was the smell of the stuff! It smelled like Febreeze! We still used it to play outside. But, every time I took that little bottle out, I told myself (and my family) that I HAD to find out how to make our own so that I could get rid of what we had…and, thanks to the vast resources available on the internet, I did it!
I needed a “recipe” that didn’t require me to go buy anything. We were just playing around and I wanted to make it happen quickly without any big production. Many of the recipes I found required two things I didn’t have: glycerin and corn syrup. Seriously, how many people have glycerin sitting on a shelf somewhere in their home? I could be wrong. What matters is that I don’t. And, we do not buy corn syrup. Uh, we will save the explanation for that in a post on The Bad News About Corn Syrup 😉
That said, I finally found one that worked for us!
1/2 cup of Eco-friendly dish detergent (if your detergent is concentrate cut the amount in half)
5 cups of soft water or distilled water
2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin or light corn syrup or honey (*corn syrup or honey can attract bees and wasps)
I just used our dish detergent, which isn’t eco-friendly right now. It’s just Palmolive. And, I used water. I cut this recipe in half because I simply didn’t need so much of this stuff. Quite honestly, after making it, I realized I should have quartered the recipe.
In any case, it worked! We have bubbles without the Febreeze smell. Here’s on tip though. After mixing it all up, let it sit for a while. I thought shaking it would help make the bubbles. But, it didn’t take long to realize that I was wrong about that. Mix it or shake it. Then, let it sit. When it’s time to blow the bubbles, don’t shake or mix anymore, just blow bubbles! And, have fun! 🙂
Who doesn’t love blowing bubbles, especially when you can know exactly what’s in it?
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