Stain removal treatments for surfaces, carpet, and clothes fabric
While I've not had to deal with having to remove baby mess stains, I do, however have some experience with pet stains. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I imagine it would be the same concept... Finding cleaners that take out the stain that don't harm the surface.
I think for hard surfaces outside of wood/particle board, Lysol is probably a good option or Clorox wipes. However, if you want to kill the germs but keep it nature and baby friendly... Vinegar! Vinegar works brilliantly for floors, countertops, bathrooms, just about everything. You can buy a big jug of it in the cleaning section for super cheap. I usually dilute it with water and keep it in a spray bottle. For ultra tough stains, I sprinkle with baking soda first, then the vinegar. Insta- scrubbing bubbles. And for greasy stains... I keep a bottle with blue Dawn dish detergent mixed with vinegar. I digress.
Carpets! Since hubby and I are moving out of this apartment, I've recently had to deal with pet stains in the carpet. Except... I didn't know I had pet stains until the apartment inspection people came to black light the carpets. There aren't any surface stains, but lo and behold, there are a few specks from when my little cat was in heat where she must've trickled trying to mark a couple places with her scent. I can't smell anything, but the blacklight obviously shows there is something in a few spots...
I found a little black light flashlight at Lowes for a few bucks to check if my spot treatments work. I bought a bottle of cheap pet stain remover that I imagine would work just as well for baby spots as kitty spots. It seems to work pretty well, but after a few cleanings it's still not perfect under a black light. The apartment lady said to not bother with steam cleaning because it won't work... So. Next options. Urine remover or peroxide.
I'm going to spot test the peroxide in a corner before I go dowsing the carpet with it (I don't want it to bleach!!) but a friend on Facebook told me he uses it all the time.. Should work perfectly and unravel the proteins (I think this is how it works) that cause biological fluids to appear on the carpet. If not... Well, I don't know what I'm going to do. Pay for the carpet, I guess.
Laundry! Fels-Naptha Bar rubbed on a stain seems to get EVERYTHING out. I use to grate it with a cheese grater and put it in my homemade detergent when I made it, but right now I just keep a bar in the laundry cabinet. It's like 88 cents at Wal-Mart and it's like magic. Have a spot? Wet the edge of the soap and rub it over it, toss it in the laundry like normal... BAM. Like new. Plus, one bar lasts for ages.
Do you have any awesome cleaning tips for removing baby stains?
Are they different from pet stains?
Anyone have any backup tips to get pet stains out to the point that a black light doesn't pick up on them?