Simple household ingredients like white vinegar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and club soda are among the non-toxic solutions recommended by Body+Soul for stain removal.
With a little "grandmother knowledge" and time, you should be able to lift coffee, ink, tomato sauce, and other tough stains from clothing and other fabrics. According to Body+Soul, there's a simple principle behind creating stain removers. Some stains respond to alkaline materials, which others respond to acids.
The magazine and site gives 14 specific stain removal tips – for example, a paste of equal parts corn starch and cold water will remove blood – and a general list of stain fighters like borax, an alkaline that they say works on acid and protein.
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• Nontoxic Stain Removers
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