You can de­feat those stub­born house­hold stains

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Tri­bune Con­tent Agency From nicks

and scratches on the walls to yel­low­ing sheets and splotched up­hol­stery, there al­ways seems to be some stain that stub­bornly de­fies our ef­forts to re­move it.

Here are some of the most common — and tough­est — stain bat­tles and how to win the day: 1. Grease-stained clothes. In­stead of throw­ing your week­end me­chanic’s grubby clothes away, try Stain Devils-For­mula No. 5 for Fat and Cook­ing Oil on those stub­born spots. This mighty weapon in the small pack­age will re­move new and set-in grease stains. Look for Stain Devils in the laun­dry sec­tion at your gro­cery store (Car­bona.com). 2. Dirty, grimy oven racks. Most ap­pli­ance man­u­fac­tur­ers warn against leav­ing oven racks in place while self-clean­ing your oven, so you end up with a sparkling oven and dingy, stained racks. A good so­lu­tion: Put the racks inside a trash bag and add a quart of am­mo­nia. Seal the bag and let sit at least overnight. Re­move the racks the next day — in a well-ven­ti­lated area out­doors — and rinse them with wa­ter. Use a mild abra­sive to re­move any re­main­ing dis­col­oration. 3. Marks on flat wall paint. If paint is mar­keted as scrub­bable, or the fin­ish has a sheen, it’s usu­ally easy to re­move marks. With flat paint, how­ever, you could be stuck with those nicks and scratches. A Magic Eraser can zap those lit­tle spots in no time (Mrclean.com). This sponge-like prod­uct is also great on stained rub­ber ap­pli­ance han­dles. 4. Sil­ver­ware marks on dishes. A quick, in­ex­pen­sive fix for those pesky gray streaks on din­ner­ware is to sprin­kle on some cream of tar­tar and add a small amount of wa­ter to make a paste. Rub the marks in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion and watch them dis­ap­pear. 5. Rings in your toi­let. Toi­lets with rings around the basin are usu­ally stained by cal­cium or rust. To clean, drain the toi­let by flush­ing and turn­ing the wa­ter off so there’s as lit­tle in the bowl as pos­si­ble. Add dis­tilled vine­gar and line the bowl with a cloth soaked in the vine­gar. Let sit for a while then scrub with a toi­let brush. If stains per­sist, scrub them with a small amount of bak­ing soda and vine­gar. 6. Per­ma­nent marker stains. On cloth­ing, try hand san­i­tizer so­lu­tion. For stains on a wall, use hand san­i­tizer or hair­spray (which also takes lip­stick out of fab­rics). 7. Yel­lowed sheets and clothes. Over time, those crisp white sheets you love can yel­low. So can clothes like un­der­shirts, and bleach of­ten won’t work do the job. In­stead, try Rit Color Re­mover (Rit­stu­dio.com), avail­able in the laun­dry sec­tion at your gro­cery store. 8. Once mi­crofiber up­hol­stery is stained, the marks can ap­pear locked in for good. Check your fur­ni­ture tags for clean­ing in­struc­tions. If non-wa­ter clean­ers are rec­om­mended, try rub­bing al­co­hol. Do a test first on an in­con­spic­u­ous part of a stained couch or chair by spray­ing al­co­hol there and wait­ing for it to dry. Then, us­ing a light-col­ored sponge, spray the stain the al­co­hol and rub un­til it starts to lift. Once dry, use a scrub brush to fluff the fab­ric.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her Web site, www.redlo­tuslet­ter.com.

(c) 2013 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­buneCon­tent Agency, LLC.

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