Coffee or Tea

In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup water. Spritz the stain, then blot with a damp cloth. Next, dab with diluted ammonia (1 tablespoon clear ammonia in 1 cup water). Blot with a clean, damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth.

Sticky Stuff (Gum, Wax)

Apply a piece of ice until the gunk hardens, then gently scrape it off with a comb or a butter knife. Dab on some clear dish soap to dislodge any residue. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth.

Grease (Pizza, Salad Dressing)

Sprinkle cornmeal or talcum powder on the spot until absorbed. Brush off with a dry cloth.

White Wine

Dab with water and a little clear dish soap. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth.

Red Wine

Blot—don’t rub—with a clean, damp cloth, then use a fresh cloth to apply white wine (yep!); blot again. Still there? Sprinkle on baking soda, let sit for 20 minutes, and remove with yet another cloth.

Clear Alcohol (Vodka, Gin)

Mix 1 tablespoon white vinegar with 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol. Using a dry cloth, dab onto the spill.


Dip a clean toothbrush in a capful of rubbing alcohol; shake off the excess and brush gently over the spot.

(By Christina Yeotsas, via realsimple.com)

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