Milk an ink stain

To get rid of a nasty ink blot on a shirt, put 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch into a bowl and then stir into full-fat milk until you have made a thick paste. Cover the stain with the paste and let it sit for 3-4 hours.

Then brush off the paste and wash the shirt. Another paste to try is 2 tablespoons cream of tartar mixed with 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

For some stains, no stain removal idea or tip can get rid of them without damaging the clothing or its color.

But take heart in the fact that the other 9 general stain removal tips will give you a fighting chance against all the stains in your laundry basket. Just a few simple guidelines can take the guesswork out of stain removal.

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