What is important to know

Soot consists of brittle, easily crumbling coal particles. It may contain alkali (it was not for nothing that soap was made from ash in ancient times), fatty acid residues, and resinous substances. All this turns the soot into an extremely corrosive substance, which is easily smeared when you try to wipe it with a rag. Don’t do it. To effectively get rid of soot, first take a look at the surface you want to clean. Each needs its own approach.

How to wash soot from metal utensils

There are at least two simple ways that require almost no effort from you.

Ready-to-use cleaner

What you need

  • Oven cleaner. Make sure that the alkali is indicated in the composition.
  • Rubber gloves.
  • Sponges for washing dishes.
  • Dry rag.

What to do

Apply cleaner to the surface of the pot, pan, or other soot-stained utensils.

How to wash the soot: apply the cleaner on the dishes
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Wait 10-20 seconds. If the soot layer is very thick, you can leave the product for a couple of minutes – check the instructions on this issue.

Then use a sponge to remove dirt.

How to wash soot: remove dirt with a sponge
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Apply detergent and continue cleaning until the dishes are shiny again. Then rinse under clean running water and dry with a dry cloth.


What you need

  • Ammonia. It can be bought in containers from 100 ml in stores such as “Garden and Garden”.
  • Rubber gloves.
  • 3 trash bags.
  • Strong thread or lace.
  • Metal sponge for washing dishes.
  • Basin with warm water.
  • Paper towels.

What to do

If possible, remove all protruding elements from the dishes, if any, such as a handle from a frying pan or a pot. Place the container in a trash bag. Then all together in the next package and another one. This must be done to ensure that there is no leakage.

Pour 30–50 ml of ammonia into a bag with dishes.

How to wash soot: ammonia
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Tie the bags tightly with string or string.

Shake and invert the package so that the liquid spreads over the entire contaminated surface.

How to clean soot: shake the bag
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Leave the bag of dishes overnight. It is best to take it out to the balcony or hang it outside the window. This is necessary so that ammonia, if it still leaks, does not disturb you with a pungent odor.

A few hours of exposure to ammonia is enough for the soot to be easily cleaned off even with a finger.

Soot will be easily cleaned off after exposure to ammonia
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Wet a sponge with warm water and wipe the surface until the soot disappears.

How to wash soot: wipe the dishes with a sponge
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Then rinse clean dishes under running water and dry with paper towels.

How to wash soot from hands

Start with the first way. If it doesn’t work, go to the second one.


What you need

  • Any soap, including liquid, baby or laundry.
  • Warm water.
  • Bath washcloth.

What to do

Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap. For minor contamination, this may be sufficient. If there are stains on the skin in some places, try scrubbing them with a washcloth.


What you need

  • Baking soda or facial scrub.
  • Warm water.
  • Any soap.
  • A couple of lemon wedges (optional)
  • Moisturizing hand cream.

What to do

Wet your hands in warm water and then wash them with baking soda or a scrub, just as you would with liquid soap.

To remove traces of soot around your nails, carefully rub your fingertips with a lemon wedge. Then wash your hands in warm soapy water and pat dry with a towel.

After the procedure, apply a moisturizing hand cream. This is necessary to protect the skin from drying out after a fairly aggressive cleansing.

How to remove soot from clothes

The sooner you start cleaning, the better. The soot quickly eats into the fabric and it can be difficult to remove old dirt.

There are several ways to get rid of soot stains, depending on what you have on hand.

Soda and vinegar

What you need

  • Dishwashing liquid.
  • Baking soda.
  • Food vinegar.
  • Old toothbrush.
  • Stain remover.
  • Cold water.
  • Small pelvis.

What to do

Prepare the cleaning solution: mix 1 teaspoon each of baking soda, vinegar and dishwashing detergent. Spread the resulting liquid over the contaminated area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe fabric. Use a toothbrush to make the process easier. Leave the composition for 5-10 minutes.

Then rub the stain with a toothbrush, rinse the clothes in cold water and put them in the washing machine. Remember to add stain remover to the appropriate compartment. Ideally, if the product indicates that it is intended to combat greasy stains.


What you need

  • Rubber gloves.
  • Any solvent: nail polish remover, acetone, white spirit, turpentine, kerosene.
  • Laundry soap. A more effective option is a special stain remover soap.
  • Cool water.
  • Small pelvis.

What to do

Solvents are aggressive chemicals. Therefore, first check whether they will harm the fabric. Apply the product of your choice to an inconspicuous area of ​​clothing, such as under the collar or near the seam. There is a risk that the solvent will remove not only soot, but also paint, or even make a hole. If nothing terrible has happened to the fabric, you can start cleaning.

Pour the solvent onto the stain. Don’t save.

To remove soot, pour solvent on the stain
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Leave on for 30-40 minutes. If the pollution is strong, you can use it all night.

Wash the stain thoroughly in cool soapy water. Then rinse and additionally wash the clothes in the machine.


What you need

  • Soft butter.
  • Tablespoon.
  • Cotton discs.
  • Laundry soap.
  • Hot water.
  • Small pelvis.

What to do

Take the soft oil in a tablespoon and remove it with a cotton pad.

How to wash soot: draw oil with a cotton pad
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Press the disc firmly against the soiled area with the oil down. If the stain is large, you may need several. Leave for 20 minutes.

Then wash the stain thoroughly in hot water and laundry soap. Then rinse and immediately wash in the washing machine as usual.


What you need

  • Eraser, preferably white.

What to do

Just rub the soot stain with a regular school eraser until it disappears. Please note that this method is only suitable for light soiling and dark fabrics.

How to remove soot from carpet

These methods complement each other. Use them one by one until eventually one works.


What you need

  • Talc or baby powder.
  • A vacuum cleaner.
  • Crevice nozzle for vacuum cleaner.

What to do

To begin with, generously sprinkle the stain with talcum powder or baby powder: these products will partially absorb the soot. Wait 3-5 minutes. Then carefully remove the dirt with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a crevice tool. If you haven’t smeared the soot and it hasn’t gone deep into the pile of the carpet, this may be enough.

stain remover

What you need

What to do

First, read the instructions for the stain remover. It describes what needs to be done and how.

Usually the product is dissolved in water and applied to the stain with a sponge. If the pollution is serious, the pile can be additionally rubbed with a brush.

Then the stain remover is left for 10-30 minutes and washed off with a cloth soaked in warm water. When the area of ​​the carpet dries, it must be thoroughly vacuumed to remove the remnants of the product from the pile.

ammonia or ammonia

What you need

  • Rubber gloves.
  • Mask for the face. Better respirator.
  • ammonia or ammonia.
  • Washing powder.
  • Medium hard brush.
  • Hot water.
  • Small pelvis.

What to do

Put on gloves and a respirator. If possible, open a window to ensure a constant flow of air. Both ammonia and ammonia have a rather pungent smell, you need to protect yourself.

Prepare a washing solution in a basin. To do this, add a tablespoon of washing powder and the same amount of ammonia or alcohol to a liter of hot water. Mix thoroughly.

Dampen the brush with the detergent and scrub the stain in a circular motion.

How to remove soot: clean the stain with a brush
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If the stain is large and there is a lot of soot, the solution will quickly become dirty. In this case, it must be replaced by preparing a new portion.

After finishing the procedure, wash the carpet with clean water. This can be done with the same brush. Just remember to rinse it thoroughly in running water to wash off any remaining ammonia or ammonia.

How to clean soot from the floor

Linoleum, laminate, tile or parquet can be treated in the same way.

What you need

  • Floor cleaner.
  • Bucket or basin.
  • Rag.
  • Warm water.
  • Brush with soft bristles.

What to do

Dissolve the product in warm water as directed in the instructions. Dampen a cloth in the cleaning solution and wipe the stain thoroughly.

If in some area the pollution has eaten especially deeply, additionally treat it with a brush.