hand applying a fix mixture to a spill to keep it from staining
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Make an Emergency Stain-Fighters Kit

When you mix large groups of people (and especially children) with food, spills are all but inevitable. Keep all your stain fighters in one place, close at hand to minimize the damage.

Some handy helpers may include:
• Nonbleach detergent (carpet stains, urine stains)
• Vinegar (carpet stains, urine stains)
• Ammonia (carpet stains)
• Bleach (solution-dyed carpet stains)
• Rubbing alcohol (glue, ink stains)
• Hydrogen peroxide (stone countertop stains)
• Club soda (fabric stains)
• Baking soda (grease splatter, fabric stains)
• Lemon juice (fabric stains)
• Salt (red wine stains)

More advice for combating stains:
How to Remove Every Type of Carpet Stain
How to Remove Spots from Kitchen Countertops
5 of the Best Nontoxic Cleaners You Aren't Using
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