It'll take a little elbow grease, but you can remove that stain on your granite countertop. Here's how to do it.

By Andra Chantim
Updated March 04, 2013
Polish wearers know that nails can yellow from frequent applications of heavily pigmented colors. To the rescue: a lemon. Rubbing a wedge on the surface of your nails will help whiten them. For a more intense treatment, soak nails for a few minutes in lemon juice (the citric acid helps remove discoloration). Dab on some cuticle oil, then use a buffer to gently slough away the old, stained nail plate.
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“A cut lemon was left on my granite countertop and it created a big, white blotch.”

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The fix: First, an explanation. The acid in lemon can corrode stone, leaving behind a white residue that’s similar to rust on metal. The bad news is that this is a tough stain. The good news? It is removable. Linda Cobb, the author of the Queen of Clean book series ($11,, offers the following four-step plan. (1) Make a paste of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (add more peroxide as needed until the paste becomes spreadable). (2) Using a washcloth, scrub the stain with the paste for 5 minutes. (3) Coat the stain with a thin layer of the paste and cover with plastic wrap; let sit overnight. (4) In the morning, when the paste has dried, remoisten the area with hydrogen peroxide, then wipe with a paper towel. Rinse with water and pat dry. Repeat if necessary.

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