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Stain Buster — Vinegar

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Fabric

Flush the stain with cold water. Sponge with ammonia. Rinse and repeat until no more stain is removed. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover and wash as usual.

 

 

Upholstery

Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of surgical alcohol. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stained area with the vinegar/alcohol solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Keep sponging and blotting until the stain disappears. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

Carpet

Blot up as much of the spilled liquid as possible. Mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution. Apply a little bit at a time, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

The inside scoop on vinegar

White vinegar is on our list of stain busters but other vinegars, such as red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar, contain dyes and additives that can cause stains. Remember, however, that white vinegar is acidic. If you splash it on your clothing, carpet, or upholstery, don't leave it there undiluted. Rinse or sponge the stain with cold water and blot until the liquid is absorbed.

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