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Stain Removal Tricks and Shortcuts

Say goodbye to even the most stubborn stains with these easy stain removal tips.

Stain Removal 101

Stain Removal 101
Stains happen. But they don’t have to stay. Use this tool to learn how to get common stains like red wine, grass, ink, and more out of your clothes.

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The Entertainer’s Guide to Stain Removal

How to properly clean up the party spills―from chocolate to candle wax.
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Get Out Summer's Toughest Stains

The best ways to treat 10 of the season's worst offenders.
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Homemade Carpet-Cleaning Solutions

These stain-busters are made of products you probably have on hand, but make sure to follow the recipes exactly.
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How To: Remove Blood Stains

Ideally, you'll tackle blood stains while they're still wet, which makes them easier to get out. But they're definitely a challenge. This video shows the best way to treat them.
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How To: Remove Blood Stains

More Easy Tricks for Stubborn Stains

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Carpet Stain Solutions
No matter the kind of spill or carpet, these treatments will lift up whatever's underfoot.

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How to Remove Crayon, Glue, and More Kid Stains
Whether it's chalk, glue, or (gulp!) gum, you can get out a pesky spot.

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Complete Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

An 11-step guide to thoroughly cleaning your dirtiest room in a few hours or over a few days.

  • Clean the tub and shower. Spray with cleaner and scrub the walls and the basin in a circular motion from top to bottom. Spray the entire area with plain water to rinse off the cleaner, and wipe it down again with a damp cloth.
  • Shine the mirror. Spritz a cloth with glass cleaner or dip it in dishwashing liquid and water.
  • Scrub the sink. Wipe the sink and the vanity top with a damp cloth and dishwashing liquid or cleaner. Rinse completely and go over the area a second time. Scrub the drain with a toothbrush and scrape buildup from the joints between the sink and the counter with the edge of an old credit card.

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