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How to Get Rid of the 5 Most Common Stains

Wash fabrics as recommended after these treatmentsβ€”the sooner, the better.

Coffee

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Stretch the fabric over a bowl and carefully pour boiling water through the stain from about a foot above. If the coffee had milk in it, follow with an oil solvent.Β If it contained sugar, follow with a pre-treatment productΒ and let sit for 30 minutes before washing.

Chocolate

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Scrape off the excess with a plastic knife or a spatula. Spray with a dish-soap solution (1 tablespoon clear soap to 10 ounces water), then dab with an enzyme detergent before washing. (Most everyday detergents contain enzymes.)

Mustard

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Saturate the stain with white vinegar, then apply a dish-soap solution.

Ice Cream

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Flush with cool water. Apply a prewash stain-removal product, then soak in a sink filled with cool water and a few drops of detergent.

Mud

When the stain is dry, gently scrape off the excess with a plastic knife. Dab on a bit of water and some gentle detergent. Rub to form suds, then rinse. To lighten the remaining stain, apply a solution of 1 part water and 1 part white vinegar.

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