Mum in Dubai: Get Rid of Stains Naturally

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Get Rid of Stains Naturally

If you are a mum in Dubai with small kids, you have definitely encountered stains. When kids play, clothes can get stained easily. Sweat, blood, bodily fluids, mud, grass, food, and a host of other things constantly conspire to make our children’s clothes dirty and stained. Some stains can be removed by normal washing, but there are other stains that require greater effort and strong stain removers.

Though there are many excellent stain removers available in the market, but most of these are toxic and laden with chemicals. With growing consciousness about our environment and the impact these chemical have on it, a lot of people are slowly looking back to green alternatives for removing stains. These chemicals can harm the delicate skin of our children and no mum in Dubai wants to do that.

Even before the commercial stain removers became available, clothes did get stained and out grandmothers had their secret laundry ingredients to deal with these stains. Most of these ingredients were eco-friendly and posed no particular harm to the environment. They were things that could be found in most pantries and were not expensive at all.

Mum in Dubai, Time is the Key

When it comes to stain removal, time is of the essence. The sooner you get to the stain the easier it is to treat it. If the stain is left on to the cloth, it sets in and then becomes more difficult to remove. So act before the stain has had the time to set in. As soon as you notice a stain, rinse it out with plain water and try to get as much of it out as possible. Then treat it with the appropriate stain remover for best results.

Treating Different Stains

There are so many things that can leave a stain on the clothes. Each thing requires a different treatment. There is no remover that will take care of all the stains. So you need to know how to treat which stain. Here is a short guide for some of the most common stains.

  • Blood: Wash blood stains with cold water to get as much of it out as possible. In most cases, if the blood is fresh, this should take care of the stain. But if there is still some blood left, then use hydrogen peroxide on the stain. Let it bubble and then rinse it out and wash as usual.
  • Grass: Wash with cold water and then treat it with hydrogen peroxide and water mixture to get rid of the stain.
  • Sweat Stains: The yellow sweat stains make even the best of the dresses look ugly. Getting rid of these stains is pretty easy. Make a paste of vinegar and baking soda and apply it to the Set it aside for half an hour or more. Then wash as usual, the stain will disappear.
  • Tea and Coffee: These stains need to be treated immediately. Wash with hot water to remove as much of the stain as possible and then use a paste of borax and water over the stain. Scrub and wash immediately.
  • Oil and Grease Stains: These are perhaps the toughest of stains to remove. Sprinkle a generous amount of talcum powder or chalk powder over the stain. Leave for a while to allow the powder to pull out as much of the stain as possible. Run it through a normal wash to get rid of the stain.

Nightmare for Every Mum in Dubai : Tantrums

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All children throw tantrums sometimes

Temper Tantrums

I don’t think there is any mum in Dubai or anywhere else who hasn’t dealt with temper tantrums. One thing that parenting teaches you is patience and this comes in very handy when dealing with tantrums. A child can throw a tantrum anywhere anytime, even at places where you think they might have fun. Some parents find it very hard to deal with the tantrums. If you are one of those parents, this post is for you.

Understanding Why Kids Have Tantrums

Kids have just as much personality and individuality as an adult. They long for the same things, love, security, comfort, independence, etc. as adults. But they are dependent upon their elders or parents to fulfil most of their needs. When the adults fail to understand their needs or provide for them, a tantrum can happen. Being tired, sleepy, hungry, thirsty or simply bored are the most common causes of tantrums. They can also happen when children want something and cannot get it, or want their parents to do something which they refuse to do. All of us remember whining, crying, screaming, kicking, hitting, etc.  from our children for a toy or a candy that was refused or not provided. Tantrums can be annoying at the least. No parent wants to be spotted with a child that is screaming and crying in public. It is embarrassing.

Tips for Mum in Dubai to Control Tantrums

Though sometimes, it may seem impossible to pacify a child in the middle of a tantrum, it can be done. The best way to control tantrums is to try and prevent it. Make sure your child is not hungry or thirsty. Try not to go out when the child is hungry, tired or sleepy. Keep the child occupied so he or she is not bored. Always keep some snacks and a drink to give to your child. Make sure there are snacks and toys within reach of your child so he/she doesn’t have to rely upon you all the time. If despite this, the child still throws a tantrum, you need to deal with it as soon as possible.

Pay attention to the child: If the child begins to show signs of going into a tantrum, pay attention to his/her needs. This almost always helps to diffuse the situation.

Distract the Child: When a child is whiny or crying try to distract them by giving them some task to do. If you are out shopping, ask them to look for things you want in the store. This will keep the child occupied and kill the tantrum in the bud.

Reward the Child: If a child wants something and you do not mind buying it, tell the child that you will get it for them provided they behave while you finish your work. Always provide incentives for good behaviour.

Give them some control: It is good to let the child have some control over little things. Give them choices such as – Do you want to wear the pink pyjamas or the yellow one? Do you want cocoa milk or vanilla milk?

Do not make it into a battle of wills: Don’t be overbearing. Listen to your child and try to reason. If it works, well and good, if it doesn’t then sometimes it is best to give in and walk away. Never respond to a tantrum with anger or frustration. Patience and self-control is the key here.

Ignore them: Sometimes ignoring is the best policy. Warn your child to behave and if they do not listen, then ignore them. Walk off if you are in a public place leaving the child behind. At home, go to another room leaving the child alone. When ignored, the tantrums disappear pretty quickly.

It is best to take your child to a quiet place to calm down. This is especially true for tantrums in public places. Being away from the public eye helps get the anger and frustration out.

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