How to Remove Every Type of Stain, in One Simple Chart

An at-a-glance guide to every spill imaginable.

In honor of Real Simple’s 15th anniversary, we rounded up a decade-and-a-half’s worth of our best stain removal advice to compile this comprehensive guide. If you’ve spilled it, we’ll help you figure out how to clean it up. It’ll be like it never happened—promise.

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Graphic designed by Katie Field

Have a spill? Find the best solutions for stubborn stains on rugs and the carpet here. And check out more helpful stain removal tips and tricks here.