No matter how cautious you are, accidents do happen! Don’t let a careless slip ruin your favorite shirt. Beneath are a number of household hints for common stains. While they may not be an ideal solution, they’ll help you out in a pinch.

Disclaimer: Use the following advice at your own risk. There’s no guarantee as to how these stain removers will affect fabric. Always test on an inconspicuous area first.

Ink
Soak up the excess liquid with a dry cloth then blot clean with a 90% isopropyl alcohol solution. Don’t soak or rub the alcohol into the affected area as it’ll spread the stain and make it set deeper into the fabric.

Milk
Blot the area with cold water as soon as possible. Soak the garment in cool water for half an hour then wash as per the care instructions.

Tea / Coffee
Blot up the excess liquid; sponge a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts lukewarm water on the stain. Once lifted, rinse with cold water and launder as specified on the garment.

Blood
Either sponge with cold water if the blood is fresh or with a mild detergent and ice cold water if the blood has dried. Never use hot water as it’ll set the stain into the clothing.

Beer
Blot up any excess liquid and then sponge gently with a mild detergent solution. Rinse as specified on the garment’s care instructions.

Wine
Apply a teaspoon of salt to the area to soak up the remaining liquid. Blot with a cold damp cloth, soak in cold water for half an hour then wash as usual.

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