Top 18 Last Chance Techniques to Save Stained Stuff

Our grandmothers have talent (it could be a brand slogan, damn it)! In addition to making us the best cakes on Earth, the biggest meals in history, and always asking the most embarrassing questions, they also give us lots of little tips for getting out of bad situations! Staining yourself and the surfaces of your apartment is clearly on the list of things to drive you crazy. Fortunately, our little grannies have found a solution to each of our problems. You are as boring as you are fantastic!

1. Use an ice cube to remove chewing gum stuck to clothes

Put on a glove or grab a dish towel to grab the ice cube without freezing your hands. Rub the ice cube and the chewing gum together until it hardens. Once hard, it will peel off easily without damaging the fabric. Magical.

2. Use a cork to remove traces of glass

Yes yes. I swear. This trick has gone viral on Tiktok, and at the same time… It must be said that it’s stunning!

3. White vinegar for water spots on stove tops

Do you see those awful stains that form as soon as a little water escapes from the pasta pan, and then remain encrusted? Well, imagine that spraying a little white vinegar on it, leaving it on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinsing and drying with a micro fiber is enough to eliminate them. It changed my life, no exaggeration.

4. Use white wine and baking soda to remove red wine stains

As paradoxical as it may seem, wine is the best ally against… Wine. Whew? If you are dealing with a well-dried red wine stain, start by soaking it with white wine. Then add baking soda, and leave to act for 3 hours, moistening. TADAAAAAA, red on white, everything is off!

5. Sweat stains are removed with lemon juice

Since you have to treat evil with evil, why not treat yellow, with yellow (and unfortunately I’m not talking about Ricard). To remove your yellowish halos on your white tops, simply squeeze lemon juice on them, then leave to act for 45 minutes before washing in the washing machine.

Top 18 last chance techniques to save stained stuff

6. Lemon can also get rid of red fruit stains

Truly our anti-stain best friends, this citrus fruit. If you’re as clumsy as me and you can’t eat a fruit salad without rotting: consider applying a cloth dampened with lemon juice on the stain. If you don’t have lemon in your fridge (a big mistake), you can soak the stain in milk for two hours.

7. A shot of shaving foam to remove traces of makeup

CAUTION, FOAM. ESPECIALLY NOT GEL. Simply apply a small amount to the stubborn stain and dab with a clean cloth. After going through the washing machine, the stain will have completely evaporated!

8. A little milk to fight ink stains

There really are foods that have unsuspected virtues! If, unfortunately, your pen leaks and stains your clothes, simply rub with a sponge soaked in warm milk, then rinse. Another inexpensive technique: let white toothpaste dry before adding a drop of white vinegar, then rinse.

9. Coke can remove grease stains

As surprising as it may seem, Coca-Cola is the perfect detergent for this kind of stain, thanks to the carbonic and phosphoric acids it contains. Some recommend pouring a glass of soda directly into the machine, before running it. Others recommend soaking a cloth in the drink, then dabbing the stain.

10. …Fat can also be eliminated with cornstarch

Another technique within everyone’s reach: cover the grease stain with cornstarch, talcum powder or flour, after removing the excess grease with a cloth. Gently dab with a tissue, then leave to act for a few minutes. All you have to do is dust it off before putting it in the washing machine.

11. Garlic can get rid of a grease stain

Take a peeled clove of garlic, soak it in Marseille soap, then rinse. We don’t guarantee the smell, but you have to know what you want…

12. A water stain on wood can be corrected with toothpaste

It is necessary to favor a white toothpaste, apply it to the stain to be removed and rub gently with a clean cloth or sponge. And the magic happens! To increase the efficiency, you can add a little baking soda!

13. …Or Vaseline

Another technique for detaching the wood: put a layer of petroleum jelly on the surface, let it sit overnight (minimum 12 hours), then wipe with a cloth.

14. Use hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar to save your jeans from a blood stain

A misadventure that we have all encountered at least once… Don’t panic, your period won’t ruin your dressing room! If you get a bloodstain, mix half white vinegar, half cold water. Soak a towel, and pat the area. Normally this is sufficient. If that doesn’t work, you can also use hydrogen peroxide with baking soda!

15. Oil removes traces of glue from glass

You come back from Ikea, you have invested in new little glasses that are too cute, but there is a problem: the label has left a big trace of disgusting glue, which is dishwasher safe… No worries! Dip a brush in oil, and brush the trace. Leave on for a few hours, then polish with a sponge. Rinse. And presto, all beautiful, all clean!

Top 18 last chance techniques to save stained stuff

16. A grass stain can bend under a bit of toothpaste

Decidedly, this thing is the solution to all our problems! Scrub your weed trail with a toothbrush and a bit of toothpaste, leave for a few minutes, then machine wash. It’s not more complicated than that !

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17. If your cups are stained with tea, rub with lemon

Hey there, we find our favorite little citrus fruit! By dint of using them to drink your tea, your cups are stained with large brown traces, not ultra-sexy. No worries, Super-citron is here to save you the day! Thanks to its citric acid, giving it cleaning and disinfecting properties, it will overcome the most encrusted residues! All you have to do is rub your dishes directly with the citrus fruit. If the marks are particularly stubborn, you can mix it with baking soda. We rinse, and it’s over!

18. Remove traces of black mold with baking soda

Mix 200g of baking soda with 10 cl of water to obtain a sort of paste. We apply it directly to our joints all rotten, then we rub with an old toothbrush. Enough to save your deposit, without too much expense. YIPS.

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