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Stain removal at home can be really difficult, especially depending on what surfaces you’re working with and how deep the stain is. However, if you keep a few secret tips up your sleeve, you’ll be able to tackle and remove the stain right away. Keep reading for 4 ways to remove tough stains:

Red Wine

Red wine can be one of the more dramatic stains, as when it spills it usually leaves a shockingly large, red stain that seems impossible to remove. Start by blotting up as much of the wine as possible, without rubbing the stain in further to the material. Sprinkle a standard table salt over top of the red wine, to continue to soak up the liquid. Once the salt has sat for about 5 minutes, use hot water to blot the stain and wipe up the salt. If you’re dealing with clothing, make sure to pour the hot water over the stain and put directly into the washing machine for best results.

Permanent Marker

These helpful pens can be great to have around the house, but there is nothing worse when you get marker on your favorite article of clothing or on furniture. Can you believe that the quick fix to removing permanent marker is to use rubbing alcohol? This fix works on almost any surface, including clothing and all you need to do is blot the stain with a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a white cloth. If you don’t have any rubbing alcohol handy, hand sanitizer or nail polish remover also work as great alternatives.

Cooking Oil

When you’re cooking with oil, you may find that the oil splatters out of the pan and on to your favorite fabrics or furniture. But fear not, these pesky oil stains can be removed with a secret ingredient: dish soap! You just need a basic dish soap that contains a grease fighter in the ingredients. Pour a small amount of dish soap on the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes. Blot the dish soap and follow up with hot running water or blot well with a hot cloth. Repeat until stain has been removed.

Nail Polish

Nail polish is great for nails and as a fashion trend, but sometimes it can get away from you and spill on your favorite fabrics and clothes. But not to worry, because nail polish can be removed in a few simple steps. To start, blot up as much nail polish as you can without rubbing it further into the fabric. Next, try and remove the nail polish with nail polish remover because in most cases this is the best option for removal. As you clean up the nail polish with remover, make sure to use a clean portion of the cloth every time you blot up the stain. Repeat until the stain has been removed and wash with water to remove any leftover liquid.

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