Eco-Friendly Stain Removal: Tea
How to Remove Tea Stains Naturally
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
Did you know that you can remove tea stains naturally? Tea can stain many surfaces, such as clothing, countertops and furniture. But it's not always so hard to remove it. You can even be eco-friendly while doing so. I live a natural and eco-friendly lifestyle to the best of my ability and have experimented with many natural ways to remove tea and other stains.
Naturally Remove Tea Stains from Clothing
The first natural way to remove tea from clothing is very simple. Run the stained area under cold water for several minutes. If you catch the stain soon enough, this should do the trick. Otherwise, try a vinegar rinse. Fill the sink with a half and half solution of vinegar and water. Swish the stained clothing around in the water for a few minutes. Rinse with cold water. If the stain doesn't disappear, add some eco-friendly liquid detergent to the water.
If it's extra tough, gently rub some directly into the stain. Again, swish the clothing around in the water. Repeat this until the stain is gone. Rinse with cold water. For an even tougher stain, place a dry cloth underneath the stained area. Sprinkle some baking soda onto the stain and pour a small amount of vinegar on top. Dab with another dry cloth. This should push the stain out onto the cloth. Repeat this until the stain is gone and of course, rinse with cold water.
Eco-Friendly Tea Stain Removers for Carpet and Furniture
To remove tea stains from carpets and furniture the eco-friendly way, get out some vinegar, baking soda, a spray bottle, and some cloths. To create a cleaning solution, mix vinegar and water half and half in a spray bottle. Sprinkle some baking soda onto the stained area. Spray the area with your natural vinegar and water solution. As the stain is bubbling up, dab it away with the dry cloths. Repeat this process until it's gone. Once done, rinse the treated area by dabbing it with regular water from a cold, wet cloth. Dry it by dabbing with a dry cloth.
Remove Tea from Kitchen Surfaces the Natural Way
To remove tea from countertops, you're going to use the same vinegar and water solution mentioned above for carpets and furniture. First, try spraying and lightly wiping away the area with a dry cloth. If that doesn't work, sprinkle on some baking soda. Then, spray again. As the solution bubbles, dab away the tea stain it pulls up. This same method works well on kitchen stove tops and most floor surfaces, such as linoleum, tile, and hardwood. Remember that hardwood cannot stay wet for long, so if your kitchen floor is hardwood, do this quickly and be sure to dry it well right afterward.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
Bio-Fuels: What Will Be The Tradeoff?
by Dennis Townsend, Contributing Writer
As more and more corn is being converted into fuel, we forget that corn is a food source, and the biofuel industry is taking its toll on the poor in such places as Guatemala. The increasing corn exports to the United States is hurting the local population with the increasing cost of food, mainly corn. Corn is the main ingredient in making tortillas, and where 15 cents once bought eight tortillas, now it only buys four. And eggs have tripled in price because chickens eat cornfeed and that also contributes to the vicious cycle.
In rural areas, food farmers struggle to find places to sow seeds for corn crops for human consumption because the land is at a premium in this poor country that has bowed down to the call for bio-fuels. One farmer was planting corn in the median of a narrow highway with trucks zooming by because he has to feed his family. The recent laws in the United States and Europe mandate the increasing use of biofuels in automobiles which has had far reaching effects as land once used for food for humans, has become more valuable for growing the corn needed for vehicle fuel. And not only has this become a problem in Guatemala, but the same type of situation exist in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
With its corn based diet and proximity to the U.S., Central America has long been at the mercy of the U.S.’s corn policy, since America uses 40 percent of its corn crop to make biofuels. Most of Guatemalans good land is owned by just a few families, and is used to produce the raw materials needed to make biofuels which is not only corn, but sugar cane and African palms. With less food crops being planted, and the high cost of what food there is, 50 percent of the Guatemalan children are malnourished, and according to the United Nations, that’s the fourth-highest in the world. With mandates that dictates that all fuels must contain 10 percent biofuels to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, the benefactors as usual, are the large oil companies that are making money hand over fist.
The demand for bio-fuels has some countries in that well known “catch 22”, with the sugar industry employing 60,000 workers, and the palm industry employing 17,000 and with a poor economy, jobs are a blessing. But that's not doing a thing for those that live in the poorest part of these participating countries who need food not biofuel. Somehow we as a world will have to come up with a reasonable compromise to battle global warming, and still let no one go hungry.
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