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How to Remove Water Rings and Stains

How to Remove Water Rings and Stains

Here are the best ways I know to get rid of those unsightly rings and stains from your wood furniture.

All you need are these kitchen cupboard ingredients, and your tables will look look presentable
again, just in time for the holidays.

1. Mix corn oil and enough salt to make a paste and rub it on the ring or water stain with a soft rag or your finger.

2. Break a walnut into large pieces and rub the broken edge on the ring.

3. Mix vegetable oil and wood ash to make a paste and rub it gently onto the trouble spot.

4. Rub a small amount of white toothpaste on the ring or stain.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:19AM PDT on May 23, 2012

thank you

9:45PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Wow! I have a couple of items to try this on.! thankyou for posting!

4:32AM PST on Jan 10, 2010

It really works!!! Thanks Annie!!

4:30AM PST on Jan 10, 2010

It really works!! Thanks Annie!!!! Your tip save a piece of furniture I thought I'd never be able to "save" !!!!!!!

6:21AM PDT on Jul 16, 2009

rubbing butter on a ring stain left from acetone even worked! try it!

6:03AM PDT on Jul 17, 2008

butter worked like a dream on my dark oak chest

3:34PM PST on Feb 17, 2008

what happens to the wood when you put mayo or butter on it? If the stain is on dark wood, will it lighten the wood?

5:03PM PDT on Aug 8, 2007

On most woods mayo or butter work really well too! Just rub them over the ring a bit, and it puts the oils back into the wood. My grandma taught me that!

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