Americans throw away 1.4 billion pounds of shoes and clothing every year! If we all did a little more stain treating, this number could plummet.

For starters, treat the stain as soon as possible to prevent it from setting. And don't put a stained garment in the dryer until you've treated the stain. The dryer's heat will cause the stain to set.

How do you get rid of stubborn stains? Try these remedies:
  • Berries, Fruit and Juice
    Pour boiling water on the stain. Pre-treat if necessary and wash as usual.
  • Grease, Oil and Butter
    Pour cornmeal or flour on the stain and let it sit and absorb the oil. Pretreat and wash as usual.
  • Dirt and Mud
    Rub the cut end of a potato on the stain and let it set for a few hours before washing as usual.
  • Grass Stains
    Rub out with white vinegar. Wash as usual.
  • Wine
    Soak in milk overnight, or rub on white toothpaste. Then wash as usual.
Finally, almost any food-related stain can be removed with spit. Yes, spit. And sometimes it takes a lot to get the job done. The enzymes in your saliva are just as good as a stain-stick...and they're free!


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