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Are you, by nature, a messy person or do messes just seem to occur no matter where you go or how careful you try to be? This will be the first in a series of articles geared towards assisting you in cleaning up the messes in your life,…at least those that are likely to pop up in your household.

My grandmother used to say while people never knew when emergencies might appear, they could plan for most of them, in advance, to limit the negative impact they would have on our lives. The same can be said about stains.

Have you ever been eating out just prior to a major presentation when, alas, you spilled something on your blouse? Of course, there’s no time to go home to change and your boss needs you to make a good impression. Instead of having a panic attack, ask your waiter for some club soda so you can sponge the stain with a clean cloth napkin. You could also go to the ladies’ room to put some liquid soap on the spot. It will make the cleanup much easier later.

Sometimes the stain occurs on your beautiful white blouse just before you walk out the front door of your home. Just rub some baby powder into the spot to hide it until you have time to wash it out.

If you stain your clothes while traveling, you are not out of luck. Stains can be treated with shampoo. It works especially well for greasy or oily stains.

Check out the list below for more ways to remove spots.

Remove wine spots easily
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Remove wine spots easily

The next time you spill red wine on your clothes, just reach for the milk. Pour some of the milk on a cloth, then blot the stain. You can also soak the garment in boiling milk, until the stain disappears. Be sure to rinse well.

Pulverize stains with powder
Pulverize stains with powder fotosearchPulverize stains with powder - Has wine been spilt on your sofa? First, blot up the mess and sponge the stain with warm water. Next, either brush off or vacuum up the talcum powder. The wine stain will “take a powder.”

Pulverize stains with powder

Has wine been spilt on your sofa? First, blot up the mess and sponge the stain with warm water. Next, either brush off or vacuum up the talcum powder. The wine stain will “take a powder.”

Swab wood stains with silver polish
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Swab wood stains with silver polish

Alcohol has been known to stain wood, which does not make many people happy. If wine stains happen to get into your wood furniture or on your wood floor, rub the area with silver polish. A cloth dampened with ammonia will also work. Finally, re-wax the floor or piece of furniture.

Save your carpet with salt
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Save your carpet with salt

Instead of making the toast, one of your guests accidentally spilled wine on your carpet. Tell him not to worry, then cover the spot with salt, and let it dry. Be patient, and ensure the spot is completely dry (up to 2 full days) prior to simply vacuuming up the salt – as well as the stain.

Wipe out mistakes with baking soda
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Wipe out mistakes with baking soda

Looks like some of your other guests have allowed your carpet to get a “nip” of the red wine, too! Sprinkle some baking soda on the wine stain(s), let it absorb the stain(s), and vacuum it up. Another alternative is to make a paste of baking soda and water which can be used to cover any stain(s). Let any stain(s) dry, then vacuum.

Shave wine stains from your carpet
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Shave wine stains from your carpet

Believe it or not, you can use shaving cream to help remove stains from your carpet. Squirt some foaming shaving cream on the stain; let it sit for a few minutes while the foam dissolves the stain. Next, scrape off the foam and rinse thoroughly. Your carpet should be as good as new. 

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