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Eco-Friendly Stain Fighters

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.
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Stain Masters

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
  • Borax
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Talcum powder
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Liquid laundry detergent

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