How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Scoop up any solids with a dull-edged knife, and blot liquids with a white cloth, working from the outside in to avoid spreading.

Step 2

Dab the stain with cool water, or cool water and nontoxic dishwashing liquid.

Step 3

Sprinkle an oily stain with cornstarch and scrape up after 10 to 15 minutes, repeat as necessary, dab with water solution, and rinse.

Step 4

White vinegar, lemon juice, and hydrogen peroxide are all mild bleaches (test a discreet spot first) that can take care of many spots. Presoaking an item in nontoxic laundry detergent or oxygen bleach is another effective treatment.


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