Our Ultimate Guide to Stain Removal

updated Jul 23, 2021
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Got a stubborn stain you just can’t get out? Whether you’ve got food stains on your favorite shirt, red wine on your carpet, or water marks on your wooden coffee table, this guide should have you covered.

Removing Stains from Clothes and Fabric


You can actually get ink stains out of clothing with a combination of two parts whole milk and and one part white distilled vinegar. Get the instructions here:

Red wine

There are several ways to tackle red wine stains—you can use salt, club soda, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and a whole host of other common household products.


If you’ve ever spilled pomegranate juice, you know how nasty it can be to get out. Water and baking soda are here to help—just follow these instructions:


Got grease on your favorite garment? No worries—chalk is here for you.

How to Remove Grease Stains from Clothing


Sweat stains can be tackled with a mixture of half lemon juice, half water. Find out how at PureWow:


Hydrogen peroxide, toothpaste and meat tenderizer can all help you take out tough blood stains. Find out how here.

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You have a few working options for lipstick stains—dish detergent, bleach and hairspray can all work, according to POPSUGAR.


Depending on the fabric and the stain, removing mustard stains can be a little different. WikiHow has a tutorial here:

Tomato Sauce

Removing tomato sauce from clothing requires cold water, vinegar, and liquid laundry detergent, according to Good Housekeeping.

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Dealing with Other Surfaces


Water stains on your wooden surfaces got you down? Here are a few methods (featuring toothpaste, ironing, and more) you can try, from Bob Vila:

Stainless Steel

White vinegar and a scouring pad are all you should need to get stubborn rust stains out of your stainless steel surfaces—find out how below:

How to Remove Rust Stains From Stainless Steel


If your marble surfaces are stained, you can get them back to normal with hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, plastic wrap, paper towels and tape.

Laptop Screen

If you ever get permanent marker on your laptop screen, take it out easily with either a pink eraser or some rubbing alcohol.


You can get tarnish out of copper jewelry, hardware and other surfaces throughout your home with a little help from your favorite french fry dip—ketchup.

Your Bathtub

How you get stains out of your bathtub depends on what kind you have—you can find out how to tackle each surface on WikiHow:

Your Carpet

Since your carpet can be tougher to clean than other fabrics in your home, you can follow this guide to get out tough stains from your favorite rug:

How To Clean Every Type of Carpet Stain