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Stains: 21 surprising tips to get rid of tough marks

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Stains: 21 surprising tips to get rid of tough marks
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8) Toothpaste great for getting rid of stains

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This tip won’t come as a surprise. Many of our articles show how you can use this fantastic product. You can use it on many stains or dirty marks from white shoe soles to crayon marks on the wall.

The technique is simple: rub the stain with a toothbrush using a circular motion.  Leave the product to react for a few minutes and then wipe with a damp cloth to remove the excess. Wipe with a dry cloth.

9)Bay leaves work on faded clothing

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Pour water into a big pan and bring it to the boil. Take the pan off the hob and add about a dozen bay leaves to the pan and leave for around ten minutes.  (The water should turn yellow).  Remove the bay leaves with a slotted spoon and immerse the item of clothing into the water until the water cools down.  Once the water is cold, you can spin dry or wring out the item of clothing then put it into the washing machine.

10) Oil combats water stains on marble

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Put olive oil on the stain and then dry with a paper towel.

11) Sparkling water

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Sparkling water can be used on leather, nubuck, suede, car seats and carpets.  It works for several types of stains including urine and wine marks. Spray the water onto the mark and wipe.

Good to know: If you don’t want your fabric to fade, use a sparkling water which is not as rich in sodium or minerals.

12) Flour or cornstarch works on tomato sauce stains

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Sprinkle the flour or cornstarch on the stain you want to disappear.  Leave for 10 minutes before brushing it off.

Flour is also a great product to get rid of greasy stains on wood as it is very absorbent.

13) Hot milk works on a red wine stain

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Pour hot milk onto the affected area and allow the material time to absorb the liquid.  If the stain has not quite been removed repeat the process again.

14) Ground coffee gets rid of water rings on varnished wood

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Water rings on wood can quickly appear on your furniture and varnished wood isn’t the easiest to maintain. To get rid of these stains, rub the marks with a cloth covered in ground coffee. Then wipe the mark with a cloth soaked in petroleum.

For waxed wood, petroleum is not necessary.  Keep the same technique but adding a couple of drops of perfume or linseed oil to the ground coffee.