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Begin by rinsing the fabric with hot water to remove any excess coffee before it sets. Then, add a dime-sized amount of dish soap directly to the stain and rub well until the stain begins to lift. Rinse and repeat, if necessary. Launder as usual.



Begin by rinsing the fabric with hot water to remove any excess coffee before it sets. Launder as usual.

Tomato Sauce

Begin by removing any excess tomato bits and blotting the stain with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Combine ¼ teaspoon dish soap with one cup hot water and soak stain in solution for about 30 minutes. If the stain persists, blot at stain with a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water, starting from the outside of the stain and working in. Wash with an enzyme detergent in warm water.

Pomegranate Juice

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Rinse the fabric with hot water as soon as possible. Add about a dime-sized amount of dish soap directly to the stain and work it into the fibers with your fingers, rubbing for about one to two minutes. Soak the garment in warm water for about 30 minutes, then rinse. Launder as normal in warm water. If the stain persists, carefully dab it with hydrogen peroxide (assuming the fabric is colorfast).

*Works for other berry stains, as well.


Begin rinsing fabric in hot water from the inside out. Squeeze fresh lemon juice directly onto the surface of the stain, gently blotting the fabric with your fingers to ensure the juice reaches the interior fibers. Rinse with hot water. If stain persists, repeat again, this time letting the lemon-soaked stain sit in the sun for about 10 minutes, if the fabric is colorfast. Launder as usual in warm water. Don’t have lemon juice? Dish soap also works well.

Grape Juice


Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Carefully pour hot water over the back of the stain. If the stain persists, saturate the fabric with fresh lemon juice and work it into the fabric. Launder as usual in warm water.



Begin by immediately scraping off any excess fat from the fabric. Run hot water through the stain, from the inside out. Apply a dime-sized amount of dish soap directly to the fabric and gently rub it into the fibers with your fingers for a minute or two. Let the stain sit for a couple minutes longer. Rinse with hot water, again from the inside out. Launder as normal in hot water.


Begin by rinsing fabric with warm water. Apply a dime-sized amount of detergent to stain and rub into fibers. Rinse with warm water. If stain persists, create a solution of one tablespoon dish soap to one cup water. Rub solution into fabric. Place an absorbent towel on both sides of the fabric and place something water-resistant and heavy on top. Let sit overnight to absorb moisture. Launder as normal. If stain persists, repeat again and launder.

Raw Egg


When removing protein stains from fabric, always use cold water to ensure the stain doesn’t get cooked into the fabric. Begin by blotting any excess residue away with a paper towel. Rinse the fabric with cold water from the back of the stain and then rub in a ¼ teaspoon or so of dish soap or detergent to break down the stain. Rinse and let fabric soak in cold water for 15-30 minutes. Launder as normal.

Soy Sauce

Run cold water through the back of the stain. Apply ¼ teaspoon dish soap directly to the stain and gently rub for about one minute. Rinse with cold water. Apply a teaspoonful of white vinegar to the stain and blot with a clean, damp towel. Rinse again in cold water. If the stain persists, let it soak in a solution of one tablespoon dish soap and one cup warm water for about 30 minutes. Launder as normal.

Red Wine


Our pick for fighting red wine stains is white wine. Simply soak the fabric, rinsed in cold water, in white wine for about five minutes and then gently rub the fabric together for a minute. Repeat about four times, or until the stain nearly disappears. Launder as usual in cold water.

Salt is another common red wine stain-fighting agent. Immediately sprinkle the stain with salt so that it’s covered. Let it sit for about 15-30 minutes, soak the fabric in cold water, and then wash it in cold water as normal.


Dish soap is king when it comes to battling chocolate stains. If there is excess chocolate on the fabric, be sure to scrape it off (freezing it until the chocolate is solid helps) first so that you don’t compound the problem. Then let hot water run through the back of the fabric to help lift the chocolate from the fibers. Add a bit of dish soap to the stain and gently rub for a minute. Let the fabric sit for four more minutes, then launder in warm water.


Begin by rinsing any excess tea from the fabric with hot water. Soak fabric in a solution of ½ cup white vinegar and ½ cup hot water for about 30 minutes. Launder in hot water as normal.


Scrape off any excess mustard from the stain with a spoon. Rinse the stain with warm water. Apply a teaspoon of white vinegar directly to the stain, then blot excess away with a damp cloth. Repeat until the stain is removed. Launder as normal.

A 24-Hour Guide to Fighting Allergies

Now that hay fever season has hit, your first instinct might be to pop a Claritin. It's not a bad one: "If you have allergies, one of the best things you can do is start medications early, even before your symptoms kick in," says Neeta Ogden, MD, an allergist in New York City.

But, she adds, it's also crucial to make tweaks to your daily routine to avoid whatever sparks your symptoms. Read on for easy, effective ways to keep sniffles at bay 24/7.

Stain Removal Guide

Life's messy. Have a stain you're not sure how to get out?

How to remove stains from clothes:

  1. Deal with it as early as possible. The less time a stain has to soak in, the easier it will be to remove, although there are ways to remove old stains out of clothes as well.
  2. Pre-treat with a stain remover, then let it soak in.
  3. Launder according to the fabric care instructions, using the warmest setting safe for the fabric. If the stain remains, repeat the steps above. Do not put it in the dryer until the stain is removed.

Choose a stain substance below for more specific advice on how to get stains out of clothes:


  1. Apply ice or cold water to harden surface scrape with a dull knife.
  2. Saturate with prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid.
  3. Rinse, then launder.

Baby Formula

  1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
  2. Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains
  3. Launder.

Baked Beans

  1. Working from the back of the stain, flush it with cold water.
  2. Pretreat it with a liquid laundry detergent, using an up-and-down motion with a soft brush to break up the stain.
  3. Rinse well.
  4. Sponge with white vinegar and rinse again.
  5. Repeat, treating the stain with liquid detergent, then with white vinegar until you’ve removed as much stain as possible.
  6. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover and launder with bleach that’s safe for the fabric.

Barbeque Sauce

  1. Treat the same as for baked beans.
  2. If the stain remains after laundering with bleach, rub in liquid laundry detergent and soak in warm water for up to 30 minutes.
  3. Launder again.


  1. Sponge or soak stain in cool water.
  2. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, liquid detergent booster or paste of powder laundry product and water.
  3. Launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.

NOTE: Older stains may respond to pretreating or soaking in a product containing enzymes, then laundering.


Fresh Stains:

Dried Stains:

NOTE: If stain remains, rewash using a bleach safe for fabric.

Bodily Fluids

  1. Pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes.
  2. Launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.

Brown / Yellow Discoloration

NOTE: Do not use a sodium hypochlorite bleach to remove rust stains because it may intensify discoloration

Do you have more cleaning questions? We've got answers!


  1. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover
  2. Launder, using the hottest water that’s safe for the fabric.

Candle Wax

  1. Scrape off surface wax with a dull knife.
  2. Place stain between clean paper towels and press with a warm iron. Replace paper towels frequently to absorb more wax and to avoid transferring stains.
  3. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Sponge remaining stain with prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid blot with paper towels. Let dry.
  4. Launder.

NOTE: If any color remains, rewash using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.


  1. When the stain strikes, gently scrape off any excess chocolate.
  2. Once you get the item home, soak it in cool water.
  3. Then pretreat with a prewash stain remover
  4. Launder in the hottest water that’s safe for the fabric.

Watch our video for more information on chocolate stains.

NOTE: If stain remains, rewash using a bleach safe for fabric.

Collar / Cuff Soil

  1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent or paste of powder detergent and water.
  2. Launder.

Coffee / Tea

  1. Sponge or soak stain in cool water.
  2. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, liquid detergent booster or paste of powder laundry product and water.
  3. Launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach. (Note: Older stains may respond to pretreating or soaking in a product containing enzymes, then laundering.)

Cosmetics / Lipstick

  1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, paste of powder detergent or laundry additive and water. Or, rub with bar soap.
  2. Launder.


For a Few Spots:

  1. Treat the same as candle wax or dampen the stain and rub with bar soap,
  2. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.

For a Whole Load of Clothes:

NOTE: If color remains, launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric. Otherwise, pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes or an oxygen bleach using hottest water safe for fabric, then launder.

Dairy Products

  1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
  2. Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains.
  3. Launder.


Light Stains:

Heavy Stains:

  1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover. Allow to stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Launder using an oxygen bleach.

Dye Transfer

  1. Attempt restoration of white fabrics that have picked up color from other fabrics by using a packaged color remover, following label directions.
  2. Launder.

NOTE: If dye remains, launder again using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric. For non-colorfast fabrics, soak in oxygen bleach, then launder.

NOTE: This type of stain may be prevented if proper sorting and laundering procedures are followed.

  1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
  2. Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains.
  3. Launder.

Fabric Softener

Fruit Juices


NOTE: If stain persists, launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.

Grease and Oil

Light Stains:

  1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent or liquid detergent booster.
  2. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.

Heavy Stains:

  1. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply cleaning fluid to back of stain.
  2. Replace paper towels under stain frequently.
  3. Let dry, rinse. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.

Ice Cream

  1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
  2. Soak for at least 30 minutes – longer if the stains are old.
  3. Launder, using the warmest water that’s safe for the fabric.
  1. Sponge the area around the stain with rubbing alcohol or cleaning fluid before applying it directly on the stain.
  2. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply alcohol or cleaning fluid to back of stain. Replace paper towels frequently.
  3. Rinse thoroughly. Launder.

Alternate Method:

  1. Place stain over mouth of a jar or glass hold fabric taut.
  2. Drip the alcohol or cleaning fluid through the stain so ink will drop into the container as it is being removed.
  3. Rinse thoroughly. Launder.

NOTE: Some inks in each of the following categories _ ballpoint, felt tip, liquid- may be impossible to remove.

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  1. Remove any excess ketchup with a spoon or knife, but be careful not to rub it into the fabric.
  2. If the garment is washable, remove the garment as soon as possible and run cold water through the stain from the backside to force the stain out of the clothing.

Note: Avoid dabbing at it as this can spread the stain.


  1. To remove most lipstick stains from napkins, put the napkin stain down on top of a couple layers of paper towel or absorbent towel.
  2. Dampen another towel with rubbing alcohol (70 or 90 percent), then dab, dab, dab the stained area.
  3. Look underneath and you should see lipstick on the paper towels. Keep at it until all of the stain is gone. Some long-lasting lipsticks may need more work to get off.

NOTE: You also can spritz a prewash spray onto both sides of the fabric, let set for a few minutes to let the spray work, then scrub with a small brush. Rinse, wash as usual and air dry. If a little color is left, repeat the steps and it should take care of the problem.

Buff Types

There are 10 types of buffs in Breath of the Wild. They are

    (Grants temporary bonus hearts) (Grants temporary bonus stamina) (Restores stamina) (Boosts heat resistance) (Boosts cold resistance) (Boosts electricity resistance) (Boosts movement speed) (Boosts stealth) (Boosts attack) (Boosts defense)

To tell if an ingredient has a certain quality, look at the name! It usually says the type right in the name (i.e. Mighty Porgy) or is synonymous with the quality (i.e. Silent Princess).

How to Remove Blood, Sweat and Other Tough Laundry Stains

Ugh, stains are the worst, am I right? We can carry around a bleach pen in our purses all we want, but there’s only so much the little sucker can do.

The good news is you can undo crazy stains with a little bit of strategy and some good old-fashioned elbow grease. The first step to total stain domination is understanding that not all stains are created equal, so each type needs a personalized treatment.

These stain-fighting ingredients are skin-safe, but if you’re concerned about any sensitivies while working with these simple solutions, don’t hesitate to put on a pair of gloves.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below:

Image: Brandi Bidot/SheKnows

A Guide To Laundry Stripping: The Grossly Satisfying Way To Clean Your Linens

Who knew that regular cycles in your washing machine may not be enough to get clothes clean?

A viral TikTok by user MrsLaurenElms, which showed her soaking towels in a bathtub, helped launch a national obsession with “laundry stripping” during the pandemic. Over the last few months, TikTok’s #laundrystripping tag page has garnered 27 million views and counting.

“One reason that we have seen a rise in this laundry trend is because of the shock factor that it gives people when they realize that the clothes they thought were clean are horrifically dirty,” said Michelle Hansen, an organizing and cleaning expert and owner of Practical Perfection .

Laundry stripping provides physical proof that our regular laundry methods might not be working as well as we thought. “Plus, it’s satisfying to see the murky colored water and see how much cleaner you’ve been able to get your laundry,” Hansen said.

But what, exactly, does laundry stripping do? And is it safe for your fabrics? Here’s a closer look at the latest laundry trend.

What is laundry stripping?

“Laundry stripping is a soaking method designed to deep-clean your laundry, with the intent to remove built-up residue from detergent, hard water, body oils and fabric softener, which you simply cannot do using a washing machine,” explained Dr. Elizabeth Mullans , a dermatologist in Houston, Texas.

Unlike other common laundry products, the cleaning agents used to strip laundry don’t have a waxy build-up that forms over time and causes clothes to become stiff and uncomfortable to wear (laundry scent beads, we’re looking at you).

Laundry stripping can be done in a traditional washing machine, though it requires a top-load washer. Since not everyone has one, using the bathtub is often the most convenient option.

Because of the extra-large capacity of a bathtub, it allows for the laundry powders and hot water to have access to all parts of the laundry, Hansen explained. The extra water and extended soak time allow the laundry mixture to strip away the buildup that regular detergents leave on clothes.

Basic Laundry Stripping Recipe And Instructions

Start by filling your tub with the hottest water possible. You can also use a large bucket or utility sink ― anything with enough space to fully submerge the fabrics

Next, add your stripping mixture:

  • ¼ cup Borax
  • ¼ cup washing soda (sodium carbonate)
  • ½ cup laundry detergent of your choice

The Borax and washing soda are laundry boosters, which remove hard water minerals in fabrics. Laundry detergent contains surfactants and enzymes to break down and remove other build-up on fabrics. The TikTok that kicked off this trend used a mixture of Borax, Arm & Hammer super washing soda and Tide powder laundry detergent .

After about four hours of soak time, squeeze out excess water as much as possible. Then run the laundry through a wash cycle in your washing machine without any detergent.

How To Maximize Strip Washing

Hansen recommended starting your laundry stripping with a load of clean clothes. “That way you’ll really be able to tell what a difference laundry stripping makes, even on clothes that you thought were clean,” she said.

Mullans noted that if you have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to use a detergent designed for that. She added that laundry stripping is not always ideal for clothing as it can cause dyes to run. Also be careful with the type of items you decide to strip, such as comforters or pillows, as a high pH will strip the oils and could even cause the fabric to crack.

Since using hot water is essential to the process, it’s best to avoid stripping any colors other than white. Save the stripping process for your white towels, sheets, undergarments and clothing. It should also be done to clothes just a few times a year to avoid damage.

Also, because there are several laundry cleaners and a large amount of water involved, it’s important to keep any little ones or pets away from the tub area until you’re done to avoid accidents.

Is It Worth The Trouble?

Laundry stripping requires a lot of water, time and can be harsh on fabrics. So should you bother?

“While this laundry stripping trend seems to have gained popularity with many consumers, our research and laundry expertise suggests that there are more effective methods to remove build-up on fabrics,” said Jennifer Ahoni, Tide senior scientist. That’s because using washing or baking soda in a stripping process can not only cause some of the issues outlined above, but even form new soap scum residues on fabrics.

“Additionally, we have learned that low wash pH is an effective method for soap scum removal, and washing soda raises wash pH,” she added. “Washing soda can also deactivate some detergent components.”

Often, residues consist of body soils and fatty acid salts (“soap scum”), which a high-quality detergent and the warmest water possible can mostly remove, Ahoni said. “For additional removal of insoluble soap scum, I would recommend using a rinse treatment that is acidic, like 9 Elements Purifying Softener.”

It also helps to avoid overcrowding your washer or using more than the recommended amount of detergent, both of which make it tougher to effectively remove buildup.

Ahoni said that if you do give laundry stripping a shot, don’t do it frequently, as it can prematurely age and damage clothes. The hot water temperature required can be damaging to fabrics, as well as cause dye loss (which, by the way, is likely what contributes to the murky tub water). “I would avoid doing laundry stripping on delicate garments and fabrics, or those that you are worried about fading,” she said.

Laundry stripping is probably not the most necessary part of your cleaning ritual. And it could even do more harm than good. If anything, laundry stripping satisfies that deep-down desire to physically see all the grossness leaving your laundry ― which may be exactly what you need amid a global health crisis.

They do say defence is the best form of offense, so along with the best weapons, you need to ensure you have the best Valheim armor. You can make troll armor fairly early in the game, but are the buffs still worth using over things like bronze, iron, and wolf? Read our guide to find out.

If you fancy being an animal whisperer, you can befriend boars (and other animals) in Valheim and start an animal farm. Hopefully less dystopian than the novel, mind. It takes a lot of patience though, so if you want to get some animals on your side, check out our guide on how to tame boars in Valheim, which includes details on wolves and loxes as well.

Cook Smart--and Fast

Most veggies retain their shape and texture even after cooking. But overcooking them (or cooking them the wrong way) can sap their nutrients. Heating veggies until mushy--especially in water--is more than unpalatable it's a surefire way to decrease the nutrients available in the vegetables. Cook your veggies lightly and quickly to help retain water-soluble nutrients like vitamin C and many B vitamins. If you are going to cook your vegetables, try stir-frying them in olive or canola oil on medium heat, or steam them using a bit of water and a steaming plate in your pan.

Here’s How to Get 13 Types of Stains Out of All Your Clothes

We’ve all been there &mdash a slip in the yard, a spill as we sip, a drip from that pocketed ink pen &mdash and now, your favorite shirt is stained. You’ve Tide-To-Go’d it to death but that pesky stain remains. Don’t panic (or head online to replace it) just yet. There are a few tips and tricks you can use to remove that stain and save your clothes (and your wallet).

Luckily, all stains have a few things in common and the sooner you learn about them, the better you become at removing them. First, the earlier you start to treat any stain the better. Second, always remove as much of it as you can by removing any excess and blotting (never rubbing) the area with clean water (an ice cube works in a pinch) or running it under cool water. Try carrying a stain sick or wipe in your purse or car so you always have a way to immediately pretreat it if you can’t get to work on removal immediately. Lastly, remember that you should never put the garment in the dryer until you’re sure it’s out. The heat of the dryer could cause the stain to set and become permanent.

Now, let&rsquos dive into how to remove the different types of stains.

1. Dye stains

Dye stains that result from washing dyed clothes with other colors (usually whites) can be challenging because dye is precisely how we get color into fabric in the first place. To remove them, soak the affected clothing in the washing machine in cool water mixed according to package directions with oxygenized non-chlorine bleach (e.g., OxiClean) for eight hours. Repeat as many times as needed, then when the stain is gone, wash and dry as usual.

2. Bodily fluids & other organic protein stains

Sweat, vomit, and all of those other fun bodily fluids are going to require the use of enzymatic detergent (which breaks down proteins) and oxygenated non-chlorine bleach. Wash it on the hottest setting recommended for the fabric. Sometimes, even once the stain is gone, a less-than-desirable scent will remain. If that’s the case, wash it again in a detergent specifically designed to fight (not just mask) odors. This method works on most organic protein stains (human or otherwise) with the exceptions of blood, dairy (including breast milk) and egg.

3. Dairy (including breast milk) & egg stains

New mom problems: putting on a new shirt to go grocery shopping, then proceeding to breastfeed "just to be safe", thereby getting a huge breastmilk stain on the shirt.

&mdash Dr. Sarah Pohl (@LilithElina) July 5, 2018

Dairy stains are a type of organic protein stain, but you remove them differently because warm or hot water applied before the stain is gone could effectively cook the proteins, causing the stain to discolor, according to Persil. If the stain has dried, you’ll first need to gently scrape or brush off anything that’s crusted on the garment. Then soak it for five to 30 minutes (depending on how old the stain is) in cool water with an enzyme presoak, repeating with fresh water if necessary. If the stain has already discolored, try washing it with a bleach product safe for the color of the fabric. This method is effective on egg and breast milk stains as well.

4. Blood stains

Yes, blood stains are a type of organic protein stain, but they can be particularly challenging to remove so they deserve their own section. Got blood on a delicate item? Take it straight to the dry cleaner. Any DIY treatments will probably harm the clothing. Soak other garments in cold water, rubbing the stain gently with your fingers to remove as much blood as possible. If the water begins to turn pink, replace it and keep going until the water stops turning pink. Rinse the garment well, blot the stain, and apply an enzymatic stain remover (one with extra stain-fighting power if possible), allowing it to sit before washing. If that doesn’t work, you can try using a very small amount of hydrogen peroxide (rinse it out thoroughly), but this may discolor some fabrics, so try it on an inconspicuous spot first.

5. Fruit & fruit juice stains

Dilute the stain with cold running water and apply an enzymatic laundry detergent directly to the stain, making sure you completely cover the stain, and allow it to sit for 20 minutes. Without rinsing off the detergent, wash the garment on the cycle indicated on the label at the hottest temperature appropriate for the fabric.

6. Red wine stains

Cover the stain in salt, which will absorb the color (the salt will begin to turn pink), then soak it in cold water with an enzymatic laundry detergent overnight. Repeat the soak with new water if necessary, then wash as usual.

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5. Mix vinegar, baking soda, and salt into a homemade rust remover.

Individually, vinegar, baking soda, and salt all make wonderful cleaning agents, but together, they form an extremely effective homemade rust remover. While this process may take a little longer than the others to get rid of rust completely, it&rsquos ideal for cleaning a collection of items, such as a full set of kitchen utensils. You can set up your rust-busting station, and let it work on its own for a half-day while you move on to other chores.

Start by adding ½ cup salt to ½ gallon vinegar in a plastic container. Drop your rusty extras into the solution, and let them soak for about 12 hours. Next, pour out the salt-and-vinegar solution, rinse off the metal objects, and then immediately return them to the container. Now fill with ½ gallon fresh water and ½ cup baking soda to neutralize any remaining vinegar trapped inside the crevices. After about 10 minutes, rinse the items in warm water, and finish by drying them thoroughly.

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