5 surprising stain removers hiding in your cupboard

Sitting right in your cupboard are surprising stain removers that make cleaning a breeze. Ditch common harsh chemicals for these simple and safe alternatives.

5 surprising stain removers hiding in your cupboard

1. Shaving foam

Cheap, white shaving foam is a lifesaver for carpet stains. Red wine, fruit juice and grease stains are no match.

  • Just blot up the offending liquid before applying a dollop of shaving foam to the stain.
  • Work it gently into the stain, then leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe up the shaving foam residue, and the stain will come right out.

Why it works: Shaving foam is essentially foamed soap, so it cuts through grease with ease.

2. Cola

Dark soda may be bad for your health, but it's great for your toilet.

  • If you have rust stains on the inside of your toilet bowl, pour in a bottle and leave it overnight. In the morning, the stains should be gone.

Why it works: The acid in cola removes the rust from porcelain. This is also the reason that it's bad for your teeth.

3. Toothpaste

Non-gel toothpaste can be used to remove stains from a number of surfaces. It takes crayon marks off of walls, removes ink and lipstick stains from clothing and can remove some stains from carpets.

  • To use for fabric or carpet stain removal, work a small amount of toothpaste into the affected area, scrubbing gently.
  • Remove the toothpaste with a damp cloth and the stain should go, too.

Why it works: Toothpaste contains mild abrasive and whitening agents that help bleach stains away gently.

4. White vinegar and baking soda

If your upholstery has an unsightly stain, clean it with this homemade concoction.

  • Sprinkle baking soda onto the area and then spray on a mixture made of equal parts water and white vinegar.
  • Scrub the resulting paste into the stain and remove it with a damp cloth.
  • You may have to rinse it a few times with a damp cloth to remove the baking soda residue, but the stain should wipe right out.

Why it works: Baking soda absorbs the liquid in stains and then reacts with the vinegar to loosen them.

5. Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer can remove ink and grease stains from clothing in a pinch.

  • Simply cover the stain with hand sanitizer gel, rub it into the area and then launder in a hot wash.

Why it works: The alcohol in the hand sanitizer cuts through the ink and grease, pulling it out of the fabric easily.

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