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What’s your best homemade remedy or trick for getting rid of tough stains?

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July/August 2011

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Baking Soda removes more "stuff" from cookware than anything else I can think of! Scunge on pans, grease smudges, charring, tea & coffee stains in mugs, hard water discoloration. It does it all. Vinegar or lemon juice take care of the rest. And/or lemon essential oil for things that are gummy or stubborn.

Jan D - 2011-05-23 12:22:33

TO get stains out of mugs, just rub the stained area with table salt and a bit of water.

Linda T - 2011-05-13 08:04:23

I use colloidal silver to spray on fruits and veggies, and just about anywhere I would use a disinfectant. Colloidal silver is a must have today..I also take one teaspoon of it everyday...can be used as eye drops and a swab for the nostrils after coming in contact with someone sick with a cold or flu keeping in mind that airborne patheogens make contact with eyes and nose first.

Flo - 2011-05-12 17:14:36

Vinegar, lemon juice, & baking soda are my 3 go-to cleaning supplies. They will clean just about any stain or mess. I use them everyday!

Jenn Hanson - 2011-05-11 21:14:14

Apple cider vinegar for cat urine and other tough pet orders.

Stacy - 2011-05-11 19:51:31

When food is baked on a casserole or baking dish, I let it soak with a fabric softener sheet and hot water for 10 to 20 minutes. It comes clean with great ease,no scrubbing.

jJoani Glasser - 2011-05-11 09:29:11

I always keep a box of baking soda near the sink, it's great for those burned on spots... also great for keeping the oven clean if a pan happens to boil over, just sprinkle some on and later you can just wipe away the spot. No Scrubbing!

Carol - 2011-05-11 08:52:42

My favorite stain removal trick is getting out dripped candle wax from tablecloths. Cut a brown paper grocery bag large enough to cover the dried wax. Heat up your iron on the hottest setting WITHOUT steam. Cover the wax with the brown bag and press with the hot iron. The heat from the iron will melt the wax and the paper bag will absorb it. Keep moving the paper to a clean area until the wax is completely removed.

Jody Porta - 2011-05-11 08:14:01

combine baking soda, vinegar and water. let it soak for an hour and rinse clean. works for stains on pots, pans, dishes, countertops, toilets, everything!

jessica - 2011-05-10 21:05:08

to remove coffee stains from white mugs i fill them with lukewarm water and a drop of bleach, and soak for a few hours.

jessica - 2011-05-10 21:01:27

Mixing dish soap with baking soda until you have a paste acts as a great scrub for ceramic sinks and stainless coffee pots/tumblers.

Carlee Kalyani Barr - 2011-05-10 20:09:50

Oil spots on clothing never seem to wash out. I sprinkle any kind of starch that I have in the pantry (arrowroot, corn, potato, etc.) on the spot and let it sit a couple of minutes. I rub the starch into the fabric until the spot disappears. Generally, I can wear the item right away, and even after washing it, the stain is gone!

Janice - 2011-05-10 07:39:35

Save citrus peels after squeezing to use with a bit of salt to scour counter tops. Works well and leaves a nice scent, too.

Mary Beth Elderton - 2011-05-10 01:03:35

Just after using non stick pan when it becomes greasy smear one teaspoon flour (any flour) on the surface of the pan, when it is hot with wooden/nonstick spoon and then wash with soap liquid. The pan will be free of grease and ready for use.

PREMA NARAYANAN,CANTON,MI - 2011-05-07 10:55:00

My go-to stain remover is baking soda and water. I mix up a paste, spread it on, let it sit for a minute or two, and the stain is gone! It's great for counter and stove tops, but I use it most often to get tea stains out of mugs.

Sally Jenks - 2011-05-06 11:00:45