4 Genius Household Stain Removal Hacks Forget cleaning sprays and powders. These household items—including plain old milk—make fast work of erasing the toughest stains. By Brandi Broxson Facebook Pinterest Twitter Print Mail Save 1 Use Denture Tabs on Non-Leather Sneakers Photo by Corey Olsen To loosen dirt and get rid of odor, place your shoes in a basin with warm water and a couple of denture tablets. Use an old toothbrush to scrub stubborn stains. Rinse shoes and let them air-dry. 2 Use Milk on Pen Doodles Photo by Corey Olsen Pour a tablespoon of full-fat milk onto the stain and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then rub the fabric together until the stain fades. Launder as usual. 3 Use Sweetener Packets on Grease Spots Photo by Corey Olsen Spilled some salad dressing on your shirt at lunch? Apply artificial sweetener to the area. It will absorb the oil, making washing easier once you get home. 4 Use an Emery Board on Suede Photo by Corey Olsen Gently rub the file across suede fabrics to remove stains and scuffs.