Beat Every Stain With These 12 Brilliant Stain Removal Tricks

White Vinegar

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There’s a Solution for Everything

Your favorite white pants are bound to get a food stain on them eventually. Your lightly colored carpet is no match for your kids. Your dish towels are starting to look a little worse for wear.

Throwing your clothes in the wash or scrubbing your carpet with soap and water may not eliminate those especially pesky stains, though. Fortunately, there are many tried and true stain removal concoctions, often passed down through generations, that you can use instead!

From ingredients commonly found in cleaning products, to food or beverage items, stain removal is sometimes an art, using whatever is available to try and save a piece of clothing, carpet, or other household surface.

Here are a few of our favorite stain removal methods for a variety of different kinds of stains.

1. White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the most versatile and eco-friendly stain removers out there. By saturating or soaking a stain in vinegar and then laundering as usual, most stains will come out in a flash. While it can be combined with salt or detergent, by itself, vinegar is best for use on blood, grass, coffee and tomato sauce stains.

Club Soda

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2. Club Soda

Many people swear by club soda as an essential tool in their cleaning arsenal. It’s a great surface cleaner and can even remove rust from metal.

As a stain cleaner, club soda works well on grease and when sprayed onto carpet stains. Since pet urine is a common carpet stain, you can use club soda to help soak the fibers and then blot the stain to absorb all the liquid.

Salt

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3. Salt

Salt has magical properties when it comes to stains. It works best as a pre-treatment on fresh stains that haven’t had time to set into the fabric.

Red wine, food grease and oils, ink, and even blood can all be removed if caught early and sprinkled with salt. Sodium granules work to absorb liquids due to its balanced structure, which actually attracts liquids to it.