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14 Stain Removal Hacks We Know Actually Work Because We Tried Them

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1. Rub deodorant marks off your tees and dresses with old tights.

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How it's done: Pretty straightforward — just grab an old pair of tights to easily rub and remove deodorant white marks from clothing.

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2. All you need to make old clothing stains vanish is dish soap + hydrogen peroxide.

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How it's done: Rub a of Dawn dish soap and hydrogen peroxide into the stain and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then toss it in the washing machine as usual.

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3. Or, for sweat stains: Dish soap + hydrogen peroxide + baking soda.

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How it's done: Mix of one part dish soap, two parts hydrogen peroxide, and a sprinkle of baking soda. Scrub the mixture into the sweat stain with an old toothbrush. Let it sit for an hour before washing.

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5. And hydrogen peroxide for grass stains.

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How it's done: After rinsing the stain in warm water, douse the stain in hydrogen peroxide and let it sit. After 30 minutes, gently rub the stain to really work in the peroxide and toss it in the washing machine.
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6. Rescue your underwear from surprise period stains with salt + water.

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How it's done: Rinse the stain with cold water and spread a paste made of salt and water onto it. Use a toothbrush to scrub the salt into the stained area. Wash again with cold water.

Learn more: Period Stains Are No Match For These Easy Cleaning Hacks

7. A heavy spritz of hairspray's all you need to easily wipe pen or marker off the walls.

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How it's done: Spray (a lot of) hairspray on the mark, and wipe clean with a paper towel.

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8. And nail polish remover will wipe even the most dire ink stains from your stone countertops.

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How it's done: Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, then just wipe away the ink or marker. This works on laminate, granite, and marble countertops.

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9. Accidentally spill your foundation? Eliminate the stain with baking soda.

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How it's done: Blot up any excess with a paper towel. Sprinkle baking soda onto foundation stains and scrub with a wet toothbrush.

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10. Sprinkle Bar Keeper's Friend on your stained cookware to make it clean and shiny again.

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How it's done: Sprinkle Bar Keeper's Friend onto botched pan, and scrub with a damp sponge. (Don't use this trick on non-stick surfaces, though. )

Learn more: How To Clean Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

11. Almost instantly erase wet or dry wine stains from clothing or carpet with WineAway.

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How it's done: Spray WineAway onto a wet or dry wine stain. Let it sit for 1-5 minutes and then blot excess.

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12. Or douse a carpet wine stain with white vinegar, then sprinkle with baking soda.

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How it's done: Soak up as much wine as possible before pouring white vinegar onto the carpet. After 15 minutes, blot away excess vinegar. Sprinkle with baking soda and scrub at the stain with a wet toothbrush. Rinse.

Learn more: Here’s How To Get Every Type Of Stain Out Of Carpet

13. Get chocolate, dirt, and coffee out of carpet with the help of some diluted laundry detergent.

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How it's done: Pour a mixture of mild detergent and water onto the stain. With coffee, you'll want to blot, soak in vinegar, and blot again. With dirt or chocolate, you'll want to scrub the mixture into the stain with a toothbrush.

Learn more: Here’s How To Get Every Type Of Stain Out Of Carpet

14. Wash accidental color-bleed stains out of white laundry using diluted bleach.

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How it's done: Soak your clothes in 16 cups of water with a 1/4 cup of bleach for 10 minutes. Rinse.

Learn more here: 9 Easy Stain Removal Hacks

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