Coming clean is easy when what you need is already on your shelves. Linda Mason Hunter, cofounder of greenhome.com, offers eco-friendly, homemade solutions.
Smart tactics to clean by:
- Treat stain as soon as you can, ideally within an hour, to prevent it from becoming a permanent mark.
- Test stain remover on an inconspicuous area of the fabric first to make sure the color won't be affected.
- Avoid rubbing or scrubbing, which may set the stain or fray the fibers.
- Keep a white towel on hand that's designated for using on stains.
- Seek help from your dry cleaner for stains on silk, suede, and leather.
- Read the care label on your garment before attempting to treat a stain.
Pull these stain removers right from your shelves:
- Baking soda
- Club soda
- Distilled white vinegar
- Rubbing alcohol
- Talcum powder
- Liquid dish detergent
- Liquid laundry detergent