How to Use Vodka to Remove Stains

Vodka comes in handy as a stain remover for fabrics, upholstery and carpet, no extra chemicals required. Inexpensive vodka works just as well as the good stuff, but stick with unflavored vodkas for best results -- any additives such as sugar may hinder your cleaning efforts or make the cleaned area sticky. Vodka eradicates stains caused by grass, ink, red wine and some foods.

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Blot and Remove

Blot the stained area with a soft white cloth, if the stain is fresh or still wet, to absorb as much as the offending substance as possible. Don't rub a wet stain or spill, as that may spread the substance and make the stain worse. Pour some vodka onto a soft white cloth and dab it over a stain on upholstery, on carpets or area rugs, leaving the wet cloth atop the stain for a minute or two to loosen it. Allow the area to air dry. Remove mold or mildew stains on on bathroom tiles by wiping them down with a sponge dampened with vodka. You can also blot food, ink or grass-stained clothes with vodka before washing. Vodka works much the way rubbing alcohol does to remove some types of stains, as it is another form of clear alcohol without additives.

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Kathy Adams

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