Houses are full of all types of fluids!
Let's talk a little about different types of fluids, and the best way to clean them up around your home!
Clear Bodily Fluids: Things like urine or amniotic fluid can be easily cleaned up with a towel or something. The problem, of course, is the smell. I like to take a tsp of baking powder or vinegar (NOT BOTH) and dissolve it in a cup of water and spray the area with that. Of course, a lot of women can't tell if it's pee or amniotic fluid.
Blood: Blood can be a rough one (both for the person bleeding and for the stain). As a nurse, I use hydrogen peroxide on my blood stains. You'll see it bubble and clearly do something to it, and it is always easier to wash out. After the peroxide, I like to put some stain spray or stick on it, and just leave it til'I wash next. Pro Tip: Make sure to wash any blood stains in cold vs hot/water!
Fats: With fats, you'll want a degreaser. If you were to get a large fat spill on your clothes or on your floors, use some regular dish soap to help you clean it up.
If I'm out and get a stain on my shirt from an alfredo sauce (or another similar creamy sauce) I like to use that same method when I get home. I just squirt a little dish soap on the area (straight from the bottle at the sink) and then put it to launder with my next load.
Sugary Fluids: Sugary fluids -- things like juice, soda or ice tea can be SO sticky. I make my own spray for this type of thing:
- 1/8 bottle vinegar (just regular white vinegar)
- 5-10 drops of essential oils (just for a nice smell)
- A couple drops of dish soap
- Fill the rest of the bottle with water
I shake that up, and between the vinegar and the dish soap, I am usually good to go to get that sticky stuff off my floors, or whatnot. It's super handy.
In fact, that recipe is what I use to clean my countertops & bathrooms when they need it as well!
Food Liquids: Most of the time I use that vinegar spray, but if I am concerned about food safety, I will use an antibacterial spray.
NOTE ON ANTIBACTERIAL: I do have an antibacterial spray that I use occasionally, but mostly only after having chicken or other bacteria-laden items on my counter. You really want to limit anti-bacterial products to only times that you need it!
The MOST IMPORTANT thing about antibacterial products and sprays are the dwell time. That means, how long it sits on your counter before you wipe it off. The alcohol needs some time to kill the bacteria, so I tend to spray a large amount on the counter, take 3-5 minutes doing something else, and then wipe it off (I set a timer, otherwise I forget to wipe it off).
Also, making sure that you clean daily -- on a cleaning schedule helps a lot!
Of course there are other types of fluids that come out of kids and residents of your house. The most important thing:
1. Get-up any chunks
2. Blot-up as much of the liquid as you can
3. Then, try to fix the stain (and that would be a separate post on how to get stains out)
4. Spray the area with vinegar or baking soda to take away any lingering smells.
I hope that helps you not freak out so much next time you have a spill at your house. I try to remind myself I'm raising people, not clean houses (and sometimes that helps)!