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Surprising stain fighters found around the house!

March 31, 2012 by
lemon by havankevin, on flickr

If you tend to be a magnet for spills (like me!), you’ve probably acquired more than a few stains on your clothing. Instead of reaching for the usual stain fighters, why not try these easy remedies using commonly found household items, as seen in Real Simple!

lemon by havankevin, on flickr

lemon by havankevin, on flickr

Citrus fruit  Put your lemon rind to good use! Salted citrus peels are great for removing coffee and tea stains from the insides of cups. Lemons also work wonders in removing stubborn food stains from cutting boards. Simply slice in half, squeeze a bit of juice onto the board, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. Easy and eco-friendly!

Baby powder  To prevent those pesky yellow stains on the collar and underarms of your shirt, sprinkle a bit of baby powder on the fabric then run an iron over it. The powder blocks oil and dirt from getting into the material, so your shirt will look cleaner longer.

Salt  Few stains are worse than the ones left by red wine, but with a little salt, you can get them out with ease! If the fabric is washable, stretch it over a large glass bowl and cover the stain with salt. Then, gently pour boiling water over the stain.

Starch  Keep your new sneakers looking great by spraying on a little starch. It repels dirt, so you won’t have to worry about wearing them all over town. Of course, if you’re planning to play in the mud, we recommend opting for a cute, comfy gardening clog to keep your feet warm and dry!

You can find more handy stain fighting tips on Real Simple. Or, if you’re looking for eco-friendly cleansers to use every day, our new line of Caldrea products effectively clean without the use of harsh chemicals (and they smell fantastic, too)!

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