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We’re not perfect, which is why we’ve stained our clothes, the carpet, or the furniture at some point. Most of us also have a shelf full of stain removers, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. Here are tips to removing several different types of stains:

Spaghetti Sauce Stains
First wet the fabric, then sprinkle it with powdered dishwasher detergent. Scrub it with a brush and then rinse.

Grease Stains
For those grimey grease stains, sprinkle baby powder on the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes. Brush it off after letting it sit and the stain will come with it. If you don’t have baby powder handy, try cornstarch.

Ink Pen Stainsink stain
Rub alcohol on the ink stain before you wash the item. This will be useful for shirt pockets we thought were ruined!

Rust Stains
This one is easy. Just add 1 cup of lemon juice in the washing machine to get our from cotton. Stain should be gone and your clothes will be lemony fresh!

Blood Stains
For tough set in blood stains, pour on hydrogen peroxide and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

Gum Stains
The trick for tough gum stains is egg whites. Brush the egg whites into the gum and let sit for 20 minutes. Then, just throw the garment in the wash as usual or hand wash.

Lipstick Stains
These can be cleaned with petroleum jelly. Apply it to the stain and clean the fabric as normal.

White Out or Permanent Marker
For either of these stains, rub sunscreen on them and then wipe off with a paper towel. Repeat this process until the stain is gone.

Try these tricks for the next tough stain you encounter. You’ll be surprised at the things around the house that have other helpful uses!