How to Clean Almost Anything: An A-to-Z Guide
Underarm stains: For fresh, day-old stains, dab a little shampoo on the spots before washing as usual. (Leave silk or wool to the pros.) If the stains are older and machine washing hasn’t removed them, create an enzyme paste. (Enzymes break down food proteins and help to remove stains caused by sweat.) Grind up 4 digestive-enzyme tablets (Nature’s Plus Digestive Enzyme, $14 for 90, vitaminshoppe.com), add 1 tablespoon water, and stir. Apply to stains with a soft cloth and let sit for an hour before washing as usual.
Utensil drawers: Monthly, clear out the contents and run the tray in the dishwasher (top rack), provided it’s plastic. For wooden, metal, or bamboo utensil organizers, wipe down with a damp, soapy cloth instead. Swipe the interior of the drawer, then cover a ruler with a damp paper towel to get those corner crumbs before reloading.