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Don’t let a stain wreck one of your favorite items of clothing. Keep reading to find out the best way to remove seven common stains.

1. Blood stains

From cuts and scrapes to bloody noses, blood stains are surprisingly common. Blood can permanently mar your clothing, so you have to act quickly if someone starts bleeding. Fortunately, blood is one of those substances that responds well to homemade cleaning solutions. You probably have the secret ingredient, white vinegar, in your cabinet. Combine vinegar with water in a 1:2 ratio, then dab at the blood stain until it dissipates.

2. Paint stains

If water-based paint dries, it won’t come off. Wash wet paint under warm water to remove as much as possible, then launder the item as usual. For oil-based paint, dab wet paint with paint thinner until it is clean. Then rinse off the paint thinner and wash as usual.

3. Adhesive stains

Adhesive stains can be tough to remove. The key is to allow the adhesive to dry first. Apply ice to speed this up. Once the substance dries, scrape it up. Clean the item as normal, applying lots of stain remover product before you wash.

4. Baby Formula

Baby formula spills are common, but they don’t have to ruin a favorite item. Soak stains using an enzymatic cleaner. Soak a fresh stain for half an hour, or let an old stain soak for several hours, then wash.

5. Wine stains

An at-home red wine stain remover combines blue dish soap with hydrogen peroxide. Dab this mix on a red wine stain, then wash with water. Alternately, pick up a cleaning product made for red wine stains.

6. Coffee stains

The trick to getting out coffee stains is to blot the liquid first. Then clean the stain with a solution of dish soap, white vinegar, and warm water.

7. Oil and grease stains

Oil and grease stains are tough to get out. One trick to try is soaking the grease up using a starch you have on hand, such as cornstarch or baking soda. Then, apply a stain removal product and wash as usual.

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