Top FIVE ways to naturally remove stains

Hey, folks! We've all been there -- you're enjoying something nice to eat and... whoops! Now you've got some down the front of your shirt. It's a little embarrassing but more than anything you're wondering, "Am I going to be able to get this stain out of my clothes?!" Well we're here with the top FIVE ways to remove stains -- from your clothing, your couch, carpet, whatever!

  • 1. Act QUICKLY 
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    This one falls more in the "prevention" category than the "care" category but it makes a HUGE difference! Get started on treating that stain right away, whether you're hitting it with cold water or one of our four other treatment strategies entailed below. Hit that stain before it sets in!
  • 2. Use white vinegar
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    For particularly stubborn stains, from TheBalance.Com: Start by applying undiluted vinegar to the stain. Then, allow it to soak in. If that doesn't do it, you may also need to treat the spot with laundry detergent. Just work it into the stain. Then, throw it in the wash. Check to make sure the stain is out before you dry the garment. Repeat the process, if necessary.
  • 3. Try lemon juice + salt 
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    From Stain-Removal-101.com:
    Here is how to remove rust stains from a bathtub, when a slow water leak leaves a rusty streak from your faucet down the tub.Ingredients:
    1 lemon (or lime)
    1/4 cup salt
    Directions: Squeeze a lemon over the rust spot and cover the rusty areas with salt.
    Next, let this mixture sit on the rusty area for three to four hours.
    Finally, use a nylon scrubber to scrub the solution off, along with the rust stains.
    The reason this home remedy works well is because of the acidity of the lemon, and the gentle abrasiveness of the salt.
  • 4. Use SUNSHINE
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    This one works particularly well for your white clothing. From keeperofthehome.org:
    Start with wet clothes, and lay them out as flat as possible. (This may take 2-3 times for really dark stains) Try adding lemon juice for an extra boost! Don’t leave them out too long. Usually, a few hours will do the job. If you want the item whiter, try a few hours again another day. Leaving things out for days at a time could weaken and damage the fabric.
  • 5. Use hydrogen peroxide + baking soda
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    From WellnessMama.com:
    "Vomit, Urine, Poop, Blood, Egg, Gelatin, Glue or other protein based stains: DO NOT WASH IN WARM WATER!!!!! This will set in the smell. Soak in cool water and then wash with an added mixture of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup baking soda in the washing machine."

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