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How to Remove 6 Common Household Stains

Getting rid of everyday stains is easy, with the help of items you already have at home

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When the inevitable happens and your garments catch troublesome stains, there’s no need to panic. Bringing your items to the nearest dry cleaners is not necessary; you can use common household items like cornstarch and dishwashing liquid to remove those stains yourself! Here’s a quick guide on how to eliminate 6 types of stains that frequently happen at home.

Coffee


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When you’re in a rush in the morning, you might accidentally spill your coffee all over your clothes. Right after the spill happens, run cold water over the back of the stain until the water running through is clear. If the stain is too old or if the stain still persists, rub a mixture or water and detergent or dish soap over it. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wash the mixture off.

Fruit juice


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It’s also fairly common to get fruit juice stains at home, especially if you have any little children. Get rid of fruit juice stains by applying a mixture of dishwashing liquid and white vinegar on the affected area. Let this sit for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse it off and wash the piece of clothing normally.

Collar stains


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Do you ever find strange stains on the collar of your shirt when you get home after work? To get rid of those, all you need is an item you already have inside your home, particularly your bathroom—shampoo. Squirt a bit of the shampoo on the stain, then rub the fabric gently to work the shampoo into the fabric well. After letting it sit for 15 to 30 minutes, wash it off as usual. Make sure to use shampoo that is made for treating oily hair, since this is the kind that can break down body oils that can be transferred from the skin to our clothes.

Grass


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If you have a grassy area in your home and like spending your afternoons there, it’s inevitable that your clothes get stained. To get rid of grass stains, simply apply stain removal solution directly onto the stain, then rub the fabric together gently before washing it as you normally would. Another easy way to remove grass stains: Use toothpaste! Apply a bit of your toothpaste onto the stain, then use an old toothbrush dipped in clean water to scrub the stain away.

Mud


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Mud stains are not actually that tricky to get rid of. Once the mud stain has dried completely, soak the fabric in a solution of 4 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of dish detergent, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar for 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse it off in water. If the stain is still there, sponge the stain with some rubbing alcohol, then rinse and wash in clear water.

Grease


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To clear away nasty grease stains, sprinkle some cornstarch on it, then let the stain soak up the cornstarch for a couple of minutes before brushing away the excess powder. Another way to eliminate a grease stain is by applying dish detergent directly onto it. Rub the detergent into it, then let it sit for a few minutes. Afterwards, wash the garment as instructed on the label.

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