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Posted by Gene Mullen on 3/13/2018

There is nothing worse than just getting a fresh shirt out of the laundry and then spilling something on yourself. The same feeling applies to your nice clean carpets. The good news is that instead of running to the dry cleaners or tossing your piece of clothing in the trash, thereís a few different household cleaners that actually remove stains quite well. Youíll have your clothes back to a like-new condition in no time. Just take a look at these common stains and their simple removal solutions below for a complete stain kit.

Red Wine Stains

A glass of red wine can be highly enjoyable. A red wine stain is not so great. To get out a red wine stain youíll need the following:

  • Vinegar
  • Eyedropper
  • Salt

First, you should cover the stain with salt. Then, pour boiling hot water over the stain. Use vinegar in an eyedropper to apply to any of the remaining stain on the clothing or carpet. Let sit. Then, launder or wash the affected material.          

Coffee Or Tea Stains

To remove coffee and tea stains, youíll need:

  • Stain remover or bleach
  • Cold water

Getting out a coffee stain is actually a bit simpler than you may have thought. First, you should treat the stain with a stain remover stick or bleach. Be careful with these items on certain materials. Youíll want to check for colorfastness to make sure that you donít completely ruin any material using these chemicals. Once you treat the stain, leave the item to soak with cold water for at least 30 minutes. Then, pre-treat the stain again if it still remains before you launder it. Your carpet should be thoroughly washed out as well. You should avoid using bleach on carpets to avoid further staining in case it is a sensitive material.    

Grease Stains

To remove grease stains, youíll need just a couple of simple items:

  • Dish soap
  • Hot water

Treat the grease stain with some dish soap, and let it sit for a few minutes. Youíll then want to launder the item in hot water in order to finish getting the stain out. 

Juice Stains

To treat juice stains, youíll need:

  • Vinegar
  • Cold water

Let the stain soak in cold water. Then, apply vinegar to the stain. Let the vinegar sit and work its way through the stain, making magic happen. Then, launder the items that have been stained. They should come back like new! 

Chocolate Stains

Getting out a chocolate stain is also fairly simple. First, you should scrape any remaining chocolate off of the item that has been stained. Next, apply some stain remover to the affected area. Finally, just wash and rinse the item or affected area and let dry.

Stain removal isnít too much of a headache when you have these common items around the house!

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