Fast First Aid for Holiday Messes
Raid the pantry or medicine cabinet for quick-fix remedies that will have you back to your guests in no time
Chase it with a splash of white wine while it's still damp, to help neutralize the stain. Then cover with baking soda and let sit for 5 minutes to absorb the remaining liquid. Rinse over the sink with boiling water.
Blast spots left by salad dressing or gravy with shaving cream, working it in with a clean rag or an old toothbrush to help absorb the grease. Once dry, rub with a soft, damp cloth.
Scrub 'em out with a little white (non-whitening) toothpaste and an old toothbrush—the combo works as a gentle abrasive. Wipe up the paste with a damp cloth, then buff the floor to a shine with a tiny bit of olive oil.
Sprinkle the spots with cornstarch to help absorb the grease and lift the stain from the fabric. Leave on for a few minutes, then vacuum it up. Repeat as needed.
Your guests left a stain on carpeting or upholstery but you've got no clue what it is? Dab on a teaspoon of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide mixed with a little cream of tartar or white (non-whitening) toothpaste and rub with a soft cloth.