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Your All-Purpose Stain Removal Guide

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We want to enjoy good food, and we want to look great doing it. Seems like a simple enough recipe for happiness, yet all it takes is one wayward glob of cranberry sauce or airborne drop of olive oil to make it all come crashing down. The truth is, fine clothing and fine dining don’t play together as well as we think — but there’s hope! While red wine can’t be undrunk, it can be removed from your favorite cardigan. There are plenty of specialty stain treatments on the market, but there are a few key players: water, vinegar, salt, baking soda, and dish soap, that you can find in your kitchen. Before you add another beloved garment to your “in memoriam” donation bin, check our list of stain-removal rescues for when you don’t have a trusty Tide Stick on hand.

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