Today was Who Knew Wednesday on the Afternoon Drive, and we gave you a bunch of tips and trick on how to remove various household stains.

Here are some of the ones we shared:

Coffee Stains – Get rid of coffee stains with one of our favorite household helpers—vinegar. Blot the stain with a solution of one part vinegar and one part water, then let sit for 10 minutes. If it’s a tablecloth or piece of clothing, wash in the washing machine as usual.

Grass Stains – Sometimes our kids get so many grass stains on their clothes, we think we should just buy them all-green outfits. To get out grass stains, try rubbing the stain with molasses or corn syrup and let stand overnight, then wash the item with regular dish soap by itself.

Marker Stains – Yes, there’s even hope for permanent marker stains, and it comes in the form of something you already have in your bag: hand sanitizer. Squirt it around the edges of the stains and then work your way in, then let sit for five minutes before cleaning. Just make sure you test the material for color-fastness, as hand sanitizer can discolor it.

Blood Stains – To get out blood stains, soak the stained area in club soda before laundering. If the blood is fresh (ouch!), make a paste of water and talcum powder, cornstarch, cornmeal, or meat tenderizer and apply it to the stain. Let it dry, and then brush it off.

Table Rings – If you’ve got kids, you probably have watermarks on your finished wood table. Since they may never listen to you pleas to use a coaster, use a little petroleum jelly to remove the white stains. Just rub the area with the jelly and let sit for several hours, or overnight. Then rub again with a soft cloth and the stain should disappear.

Paint Spills – Mix together 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid, and 1 quart warm water. Douse the are with this mixture and try rubbing it way. If that doesn’t work, you may be out of luck. Wait for the paint to dry and snip off the area that has paint on it.

You can find these tips and many others over here.

Our Word of the Day was skulduggery, a noun meaning dishonesty or trickery. You can read more on that here.

Have an awesome Wednesday evening!

-Jess

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