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5 More Everyday Things That Remove Stains

Discover how you can stick it to stubborn stains, using common household items like club soda, shampoo and shortening.

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Looking to beat back stains using everyday items? These household products give you the most bang for the buck, and can make quick work of even the most stubborn stains.

Hot Tip: Try a little white wine to counteract a red wine stain, then blot and treat with a regular carpet or clothing stain removal product. Remember to avoid rubbing the stain, as you may drive it further into the fabric.

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1. Club Soda

Clean grease stains from double-knit fabrics. Pour club soda on the stain and scrub gently. Scrub more vigorously to remove stains on carpets or less delicate articles of clothing.

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2. Shaving Cream

If juice gets spilled on your carpet, put some shaving cream on the spot. Blot the stain, pat it with a wet sponge, squirt some shaving cream on it and then wipe clean with a damp sponge. Use the same technique on your clothes for small stains; shaving cream can remove that spot of breakfast you discovered you’re wearing during your once-over in the bathroom.

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3. Shampoo

You don’t need expensive mink oil to bring life back to your leather shoes and purses. A little shampoo and a clean rag will do the job. Rub shampoo into worn areas in circles to clean and bring back the colour of your accessories. It will protect your shoes from salt stains as well.

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4. Shortening

Next time a leaky pen leaves your hands full of ink, reach for a can of shortening. To remove ink stains from your hands and also from vinyl surfaces, rub on a dollop of shortening and wipe the stains away with a rag or paper towel.

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5. Car Wax

If there’s an ugly white ring on the dining room table and your regular furniture polish doesn’t work, try using a dab of car wax. Trace the ring with your finger to apply the wax and allow it to dry, then buff with a soft cloth.

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