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Reader-to-Reader: Your 20 Greatest Stain-Removing Tips

I have used lemon juice and salt to remove rust stains. This was after many washings. I wet the cloth, put a layer of salt( I used some coarse sea salt that I had, but any should work just fine) and then drizzled lemon juice over the salt. It took a while but the stain was removed. I read each and every one of your hints and remedies and enjoy your site very much! Keep up the good work!

Thanks Rita

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Hi Annie,
One that I’ve found really works is to soak ballpoint ink stains in milk. It sometimes takes a while and some “topping up” of the milk, but the stain does completely disappear.

Cheers, Nyree

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To remove red wine stains, use white wine.

Barbara Spring

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Aloha Annie,

Just received your first newsletter and although I don’t recall how I became a subscriber I sure am glad that I am. I just know I am going to enjoy this one. Thank you so much. As for the stain removers I try anything from baking soda pastes, white vinegar, cornstarch pastes, soaking in hydrogen peroxide solutions. It may help depending on the fabric and stains. Of course I recommend testing the material first as some may discolor the fabrics. I would be interested in any that you find as I never use chemicals to clean. My favorite cleaner for the kitchen was found on a web site for the University of Michigan, I believe, when I was looking for bleach alternatives. They found that spray bottles, one with hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent is fine, and one with vinegar, (which I dilute to lesson the aroma) sprayed on surfaces kills bacteria and germs, even E.coli. They say that they may be mixed in one bottle but results were more efficient spraying one and then the other. Don’t know if this is news to you but thought it was worth sharing. The hydrogen peroxide really sparkles up my stainless sink too. Again thanks for the wonderful newsletter and I look forward to future issues.

Aloha, Mary

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I removed even old red wine stains from clothing by squeezing lemon juice directly onto the fabric and letting it stay until stain disappeared. Good for fruit stains also.

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I have marble top tables. They stain easily. To remove the stains, I rub the area with lemon juice and set the table in the sun. Works like a charm, and the lemon juice doesn’t scar the marble table top.

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11:31PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

To remove blood stains from your home carpet /rugsadd a bit of salt and detergent.This mix it with lukewarm water and apply it on the blood stains.Blood stains will vanish within seconds.

1:23AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

I have tried vanish soap and salt on a woven wool vintage stripe dress. The dry cleaner didn't remove several red marks that I thought were blood. Being vintage, I don't know what they are. Shall I try lemon?

1:22AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

I have tried vanish soap and salt on a woven wool vintage stripe dress. The dry cleaner didn't remove several red marks that I thought were blood. Being vintage, I don't know what they are. Shall I try lemon?

1:22AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

I have tried vanish soap and salt on a woven wool vintage stripe dress. The dry cleaner didn't remove several red marks that I thought were blood. Being vintage, I don't know what they are. Shall I try lemon?

5:07AM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH

11:24PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

Most of us love to start the day with a cup of hot coffee but unfortunately we do not have the time to use a coaster or saucer so that we can avoid putting stain on our lovely table cloths. While there are those who have their coffee at the office and let the Twin Cities janitorial service do the cleaning for them, those who drink coffee at home need to learn the proper way of removing such stains. Thanks for the info!

3:14AM PDT on May 10, 2012

Thanks for the great tips, our customers at our laundromats are always asking for environmental friendly stain removal tips. themainlaundromat.com.au

11:16PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Sharing your knowledge with regards to dry cleaning especially on stain removal is of great help to online readers. It is easy to find a reliable dry cleaning Monroe County service provider and it would be very helpful if one learns a thing or two on effectively removing stains. They will know the various kinds of fabrics and how to properly care for each one. Thanks!

9:44AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Tip number 1 is amazing! I used the method of the cornstarch with the hot steam iron on a pair of my husband's favorite 100% wool, dry-clean only dress pants and it worked first try. The oil stain had been in there for about 1 year and we had given up on getting it out. The pants would have been thrown away except they had gotten hung back up in the closet. I found them while cleaning the closet and decided to give it a try. Yeah! Thank you!

2:14PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

great tips!
ty

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