Oxy Clean – great for all types of stains – soaking clothing in a sink with water and Oxy Clean is the first treatment for most stains. It’s great for stained shoe laces and cuffs. Just soak and then wash as directed in the washer. On white fabrics, add a little Clorox bleach to the Oxy Clean on a toothbrush to remove spot.
Goop – hand cleaner – good for grease – goes on without water – apply liberally and let sit, put in regular wash cycle. It has been found to remove stains from clothes that were washed and dried with a crayon.
Mother’s Miracle – cleaning solution new mothers can’t do without! Great for spit-up, urine, blood, etc.
Carbona Stain Remover – various solutions for many types of fabric – the rust solution is a very good one
Tilex – great for mildew stains on white fabrics. Remember, it is a bleach! Must be used carefully, especially on colored fabrics. On whites, spray on and let sit – just rinse if blue spots occur. On colored fabrics, it’s easy to cause bleach spots, but carefully spray on and rinse quickly. Using Tilex on colored fabrics is really a last resort.
Rit Dye Color Remover – another last resort, but can be effective. Follow the directions carefully. On small stained areas, it is easier to use the stove-top method. For larger loads, use the washer.
Hot Water – is great for kool-aid and jello-type stains. Hold fabric taunt and pour from a height. Soak or repeat if necessary. Comes out every time!
Goo Gone – removes tree sap, gum, tape residue, and crayon. Just spray on, let sit for 10 minutes, and wash as usual.
Fabric Link’s website has a long list of problem stains and how to fix them…
Shoes & Toys
White oxford-type shoes – Use a spray preparation solution (found at shoe stores) on scuffs and marks. For scratches that have taken off the original color, use shoe spray. (Instead of spraying directly on the shoe, causing a caked-on look, spray onto wax paper). Then dab at the scratch with a foam paintbrush. This will give a smoother finish. Don’t forget to soak the laces in Biz while you’re doing this!
Oops – latex paint remover – great for getting all kinds of stains, marks, and stickers off plastic toys. If the toy is made of thin plastic, test a small area before cleaning. On most thick plastic such as Little Tikes toys, Oops will take off scratches, scuffs, crayon, pen, pencil, etc. On stubborn marks, use steel wool. Will also take crayon off chalk boards without damaging the finish. Wear rubber gloves.
Power Wheels – local repair stores have decals or call the manufacturer and they’ll send you new ones – can clean fuses and switches with a Q-tip and alcohol.
Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover – takes off ink and marker.
Armour All – restores the luster to all types of plastic and metal.
Magic Erasers – this awesome cleaning aid gets tough marks off of most plastics!