Formica Stains


It creeps into our laundry, our carpets, walls and even our counter-tops. One of the worst 5 letter words out there, a stain! It does not matter what it is or how it got there, we must find a way to get rid of it.

I learned this trick by accident about 15 years ago. I had a rust ring on my laminate countertop and nothing was getting it out. One day after I had done dishes I cam back to find I had knocked over a bottle of Soft Scrub cleaner and it had puddled on the counter. After I wiped it up, I realized that it had run onto part of that rust ring and it was gone. Totally, completely gone with no damage to the counter itself! Since then I have tried other brands (including ones from the Dollar Store) and found as long as they are a gel or soft scrub with bleach, they will do the job. The gel ensures that the cleaner stains put so it can soak into the stain. The bleach is what does the trick. A word of caution, I have only tried this on light colored laminate. If you are worried about it bleaching your counter try it is a small amount in a hidden place first.

I know you cannot see the red kool aid very well in the photo but it is much more obvious in person.

Application is pretty simple, just pour it on and let it soak at least 30 minutes and just walk away. I know, it is tempting to want to clean it up and see if it worked, but it really does need time to set.

Like magic, the stain is gone.!

Here is another spot by the stove.



Good luck and happy cleaning!


About keepingiteasyandsimple

I have been married for 20 years and have 3 children. My oldest is 20 and currently in the National Guard. My daughters are 15 and 11 and involved in everything. I believe life is difficult enough, that we can find ways to make the everyday just a little easier and perhaps even more simple. I love to cook, shop and make things with the kids.

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