The 100 best homemade cleaning tricks

Household cleaning is an exhausting and uninteresting task, but totally necessary. It is essential to keep everything free of dirt, not only for hygiene but so that the environment in which we live and spend most of the time has the best possible appearance.

To make it easier, we have compiled for you the 100 best cleaning tricks with products you already have at home. With them, you can achieve results comparable to cleaning with high-end chemicals. The best of all? Well, most are natural and totally harmless to health and the environment.

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KITCHEN CLEANING

Wooden cutting board

Pour a little salt on the board. Rub the surface with half a lemon squeezed subtly so that the juice is released. Then wash with water. This trick is effective in removing stains, impurities, and odors from the table.

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Plastic cutting board

Rub the surface of the table with a kitchen paper soaked in white vinegar. Leave on for 2 minutes. Then dry it and rub it again with another paper towel, this time moistened with hydrogen peroxide. Wait five minutes and wash with hot water and neutral soap

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When we mention vinegar we always mean cleaning vinegar, not to be confused with food vinegar.

Cheese grater

When the remains of dry food get stuck in the utensil, the best alternative is to grate hard bread with it. Then you must wash the grater with hot water under the tap. This method ensures that all remains are released. In addition, it is ideal for neutralizing odors and flavors.

Collect broken glass

After passing the broom to remove the largest pieces of glass, the real problem is those remains that cannot be seen easily. To collect them you can use masking tape. The small pieces of glass will be trapped in it.broken glass

Barbecue grill

Rubbing half an onion on the rack will help you remove fat residue and disinfect everything, thanks to the antibacterial power of this vegetable. It is advisable to apply the trick immediately after cooking since it must be done with the hot grill.

Coffee stains in cups

You just need baking soda and lemon. Mix both ingredients in equal parts, until paste forms. Then you put a little on a cloth and rub the place where the stain is.

Paellas and pans

Rub the paella with a mixture of lemon and baking soda. Then fill it with a part of white vinegar and two of water. Then put the paella on the fire and let the solution boil for ten minutes. Wait a couple of hours and then clean with water and dry it very well. This method also works in pans.

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Grease stains on walls

Mix a tablespoon of ammonia in a liter of water. Moisten a soft sponge in the solution and rub on the stains, making circular movements. Then rinse with water and dry very well.

Granite countertop

Use hot water, soap, and a soft sponge to clean the countertop. Then it is important that you use only a microfiber cloth to dry the surface. This guarantees that the granite retains its natural shine. This material is very delicate and should always be cleaned without using aggressive products.

Bad smells

To eliminate the bad smells of the traditional oven and the microwave chop a lemon and place it inside a container half full of water. Heat 5 minutes or until the smell disappears. In the case of the fridge, sink, and dishwasher you can use an equal mixture of water and white vinegar. Dampen a cloth and use it to clean.

Metal surfaces

In the case of chrome and stainless steel surfaces, white vinegar can be used. For aluminum use a solution of water and cream of tartar (if you have this ingredient you can replace it with baking powder). If they are brass or bronze, then use a mixture of lemon and sodium bicarbonate. To clean all surfaces, always have soft cloth.

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Greasy soil

Dissolve the equivalent of a tablespoon of baking soda in five liters of warm water. When applied to the floor, it will degrease and leave the surface clean and shiny. It is ideal for use in tiles.

Sink

To remove stains, debris and completely disinfect the steel sink, you must use a mixture of baking soda, water, white vinegar and 3 drops of the dishwasher. Dampen a soft sponge in the solution and rub on the surface to be cleaned.

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Electric stove

Mix baking soda and water in equal parts until paste forms. Place a little on a toothbrush and rub on the stains. Leave the burner at rest for twenty minutes. Rub again with the mixture, but using a damp toothbrush. Next, pass a damp sponge over the stove to remove all the baking soda. Then let it air dry.

Gas stove

Mix two cups of hot water and one of white vinegar in a bowl. Soak the stove for an hour. Then you must extract it and dry with a cloth. Then add a little baking soda and with a scrub well until it is clean. Repeat the process as many times as necessary.

Pots

Cover the bottom of the pot with white vinegar and then let it boil for 5 minutes. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes and remove the liquid. Rub with a kitchen sponge to remove all stains and dirt.

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Plastic surfaces

Mix water and white vinegar in equal parts. Moisten a cloth in the liquid and rubbed on the surface to remove him all dirt and stains. The benefit of cleaning using this method is that the plastic is not damaged.

Garbage disposer

Pour a third of yeast into the crusher. Then add a quarter cup of white vinegar. You will see that foam will start to come out. Wait about 5 minutes and finally let the water run. All ready!

White spots of lime in glass cups

Fill a bowl with boiling water and add a stream of white vinegar. Leave the glasses to soak for 15 minutes. This will remove all white spots. Then wash them again with hot water and lemon to remove the smell and taste of vinegar.

Silver cutlery

Use a toothbrush to rub white toothpaste over the cutlery until they are clean and shiny. Then rinse well with water and shine with a clean cloth.

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Sponges or kitchen scourer

Soak and place the sponge in a bowl of water. Then enter in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Be careful when removing the sponge, it will be hot! Then let it dry outdoors. This method also works with scourers.

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Remember to use this trick with a green scourer, never aluminum.

Polish steel

Pour olive oil into a soft cloth. Rub the entire surface you want to polish, until you notice that it is shiny. Then use paper towels and a clean cloth to remove excess oil. Add a little flour on the steel and rub gently with circular movements using a micro-fiber cloth.

BATH CLEANING

Mirrors

Rub the mirror with a dry cloth. Next, mix a cup of white vinegar with two of water and sprinkle it on the surface of the mirror. Use newspaper to dry. The vinegar, in addition to giving shine, prevents dirt from sticking easily.

Bath

Pour some neutral soap into warm water and moisten a sponge in this mixture. Rub your entire bathtub and you will have it bright and free of all types of bacteria.

If in addition to cleaning it you want to bleach it, start here. Mix baking soda and water to form a paste that you must spread in the bathtub, then spray the entire surface to be treated with vinegar, rub with a sponge and leave for about 30 minutes. Then rinse and clean the bathtub as we have indicated.

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Bath sponges

Prepare a bowl of boiling water and add some detergent. When you finish mixing well, introduce the sponge; make sure it is soaked all over. Let it act for 3 minutes and then squeeze it and rinse with warm water. As the last step, you let it dry.

Toilet

Add the juice of a lemon in half a cup of white vinegar and mix well. Rub with a scourer over the areas of the toilet you wish to clean. It is a very effective trick to eliminate tartar.

Faucets

Prepare a mixture of half a cup of white vinegar and half a cup of hot water. Dampen a clean cloth in the solution and rub gently. This method will disinfect your faucets and restore their natural shine.

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Showerhead

Unscrew the artichoke. Make a mixture of a quarter cup of white vinegar and three quarts of water. Mix well and dip the artichoke in the solution for half an hour. Then dry and be ready.

Soap in crystals or mirrors

Moisten a sponge in a mixture with water and liquid detergent, rub the surface until the stains are removed. Then use a clean cloth dampened with water to remove the foam. Finish drying with the newspaper.

Lime in the shower

Mix half a cup of white vinegar with one of baking soda. Rub the resulting paste with a sponge over the area with lime. Let it act for half an hour and then rub again. To finish, rinse with water.

Unclog pipes

Pour half a cup of baking soda at the entrance of the drain. Then add half a cup of white vinegar and wait approximately 20 minutes. Then, slowly pour three liters of boiling water. This process will help to unclog and keep your pipes clean.

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BEDROOM CLEANING

Mattress cleaning

When you want to clean a bloodstain, moisten a cotton cloth with hydrogen peroxide and rub in the specific area. To remove urine or sweat stains, then you should use white vinegar. Spread white vinegar on the mattress with the help of a sprayer, leave it on for 5 minutes, sprinkle baking soda on top and wait for the mixture to dry. Then remove the waste with the help of a vacuum cleaner.

Screens for bedside lamps

Apply baking soda on the screen and then rub with a brush. It is advisable to do this simple maintenance task, at least 3 times a month, as it helps so that dust and dirt do not stick together and keeps the screen surface completely clean.

Blinds

Clean the surface dust first with a cloth. Then, mix white vinegar and water in equal parts and place in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the blind and rub with a clean cloth. In this way, you will quickly remove all dirt and stains.

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Paint stains on the floor

With a mixture of detergent and hot water scrub the place where the stain is until it is removed. If you see that it does not disappear, you can add a little bleach to the mixture. Let stand for 10 minutes and clean again.

Walls and ceiling

Wrap your broom in a cloth and use it to easily clean ceiling and walls; It will allow you to reach even the most difficult areas. To remove stains from the walls, moisten a sponge in a little water and gently rub in circular motions.

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Catch fluff

The adhesive remover lint remover is the best alternative to trapping lint, dust, and hairs found in tissues.

Curtains

Fill a bowl with 2 liters of hot water. Add a glass of white vinegar and soak the curtains in this solution. Let stand for half an hour. Then you put them in the washing machine and do your usual washing process. Then you send them to drain excess water and before they dry you can put them in place, so they will dry completely and prevent wrinkles.

ROOM CLEANING

Crystals

Cut a potato in half and gently rub the glass. Then, rinse well with an equal mixture of white vinegar and water. Clean from top to bottom with a sponge. Finally, dry the surface with a cloth that does not release lint.

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Leather sofa

Passes a damp cloth for the couch surface. This will help to release all the dust and dirt. The water you use should not contain lime as it may leave stains.

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We recommend doing it once every two weeks to keep it always perfect.

Water stains on wooden furniture

Apply a little petroleum jelly or mayonnaise on the water stain and rub gently, making circular movements. In a few minutes, you will have your wooden furniture totally clean.

TV or PC screen

The procedure must be done with the screen off. Mix white vinegar and distilled water in equal parts. Spray the solution on a cloth that is 100% cotton. Wipe the cloth gently with horizontal or vertical movements and let dry well.

Radiator

Clean the surface dust with a duster. Then, spray on the radiator a mixture of seven cups of water, one of neutral soap and two of ammonia. Rub the device with a cloth to remove dirt. Finally, dry the radiator well with a clean cloth.

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Protect the nearby floor with plastic, before starting the process, so you will avoid staining it.

Lacquered furniture

Rub the surface of your lacquered furniture with half a raw potato. Let dry and then clean with a soft dry cloth. This will restore their natural shine. If the furniture is opaque, you can use linseed oil and rub it on the darkened area.

Window rails or sliding doors

Remove the window or door. Sprinkle baking soda down the rail, especially at the ends. Pour a little white vinegar and wait for the effervescent effect to remove dirt. Use a cotton swab to remove dirt. Pour plenty of water into the lane and then dry very well.

Oxide stains

Cover all areas that have been affected by rust with salt. Then squeeze the juice of half a lemon on top. Let it act for an hour and then rub with a metal brush. Finish cleaning with water.

Pots

Clean surface dirt with water and a toothbrush. Fill a bowl with three parts of water and one of white vinegar. Soak your pots in this solution for half an hour. Then, rub with a cloth to remove persistent dirt. Finally, rinse with water and air dry.

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Ceiling fan blades

Make a mixture of dishwashing liquid detergent and water. Rub the blades with a cloth to clean all the dirt and then use a cloth to leave everything completely dry.

Carpets or carpet

Start by vacuuming their surface. Next, use a mixture of white vinegar, neutral detergent, and warm water. Dampen a sponge in the solution and rub the stains. Then, clean with a damp cloth and let it dry.

Ventilation grill

Dampen cotton swabs in alcohol and rub each of the cracks in the rack until they are all clean.

Permanent floor marker

Dampen a cloth with alcohol and rub directly on the stain until it disappears. Repeat the process as many times as necessary.

Dust in the pictures

The paintings are usually very delicate works. To clean them, any method that involves a damp cloth is completely discarded. The best recommendation for dusting is to use a duster, very carefully and delicately.

Windows

Mix in a bowl a cup of warm water, a stream of white vinegar and some neutral soap. Dampen a sponge in the solution and rub. Use a wet cloth to rinse. Then, dry with a specific cloth of crystals to leave no marks.

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Start with the windows and follow the windows and not vice versa.

Coffee stains on the sofa

Run a microfiber cloth over the stained surface to absorb as much coffee as possible. Mix in equal parts, salt, and white vinegar. Rub the stain with this solution and cover it with a dry cloth. Wait for about twenty minutes and check the couch. If the stain has not disappeared, press with the cloth until all the moisture is absorbed.

Furniture handles or handles

Mix two parts of white vinegar with one of paprika. Heat for a minute in the microwave. Dip the handles for a few hours in the solution and then rub hard, using a piece of steel wool. Then, dry with a cloth and finish shining with a dry cotton cloth.

Microfiber sofa

Start by spraying the surface of the sofa with alcohol. Then, rub with a clean white sponge. Next, comb the fiber with a soft bristle brush to loosen the fabric as it dries.

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Vases

Fill the vase with hot water and add a tablespoon of baking soda and a stream of white vinegar. Wait for it to act for thirty minutes. Then, empty the mixture into the sink. Add some soap and water. Then clarify. To conclude, use paper towels to dry the vase.

Stains of vomit on carpet or carpet

It is recommended to make a solution of 3 parts of water for one of ammonia. It is applied on the stain and rubbed with a bristle brush until it disappears. This mixture is also effective in eliminating the smell.

Collect pet hair

Using moistened latex gloves, those used in cleaning tasks is a good way to collect pet hair, on most surfaces. Water suppresses static electricity that causes hair to stick to tissues.

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This method is especially useful for cleaning carpets, bedspreads, carpets, and clothes.

Quick ground drying

Pour a dishwasher rinse aid liquid into the scrub water and you’re done. This trick is totally effective if you have a terrazzo or tile floor. If you also use hot water the trick has more effect.

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CLOTHING CLEANING

Remove makeup stains

Moisten the stained area with a cloth. Then, add small amounts of hydrogen peroxide with your finger. Rub the stain with a toothbrush, making circular movements. Then wash the garment as you normally do.

Remove grease stains

The lemon juice is an effective degreaser. Apply a little on the stain, then wash the garment in the washing machine at the highest possible temperature

Remove paint stains

For water-based paint stains, simply rub the area with water and dishwashing detergent.

In the case of oil-based paints, you should put on gloves and carefully place some turpentine in the stained area. After a few minutes, gently scratch with a knife to peel off the paint. Then you put the garment soak for a few hours and wash it as you usually do.

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Remove gum paste

Cover the garment with a plastic bag, except the area where the gum is. Place it in the freezer for about 3 hours. Then when you take it out, use a sharp knife to remove the hardened chewing gum.

Remove sweat stains

In a cup mix a glass of hydrogen peroxide with two tablespoons of baking soda. Place the solution on the stain and rub carefully, using a toothbrush. Wait 10 minutes and then wash the garment with soap and water. Not only will it eliminate the stain, but the bad smell.

sweat stains

Remove mites from clothes

Sprinkle a little baking soda over the clothes and let it act for about 10 minutes. Then use a vacuum cleaner to remove the bicarbonate from the garment and it will be ready.

Laundry bleach

To make your own natural bleach you can mix: a cup of hydrogen peroxide, the juice of a lemon and two glasses of water. You can add this solution during the washer rinse cycle.

Remove lipstick stains

Heat some butter and spread it throughout the stain. Leave on for a few hours so that it penetrates well into the fabric of the garment. Then put some detergent on top and wash very well.

lip stain

Remove deodorant stains

Apply lemon juice directly on the affected area and then add some salt . Rub with a toothbrush until the stain disappears.

Remove detergent stains

Spray liquid soap on the stain. Rub gently with a brush, making a movement from top to bottom. Wash normally, but without using any type of detergent; at the end do not dry the garment. Dip the stained area in a bowl of vinegar . Rub until the stain disappears and then wash and dry, as you usually do.

Wash delicate clothes

Fill a bowl with water and add six tablespoons of white vinegar. Then, wash the clothes by hand and let stand for half an hour. To finish, just dry it.

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Remove static electricity from clothes

Add half a cup of white vinegar to the clothes in the washing machine, during the rinse cycle. When finished, all your clothes will be free of static electricity.

Remove difficult stains

Mix a quarter cup of lemon juice, half a cup of salt and a half of warm water . Apply the solution directly to the stain and wait ten minutes. Then rinse with warm water and you will be ready. This formula is ideal for removing dark spots .

Remove rust stains

Cover the stain with salt and squeeze a lemon over it. Leave the mixture to act for a day and when it is completely dry, wash the garment normally.

Remove tomato stains

Mix bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide and spread throughout the stain. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with cold water. Repeat the process as many times as necessary. When you remove the stain, wash the garment as you normally do.

Remove chocolate stains

Mix two cups of water, a tablespoon of ammonia and one of 50% alcohol. Dampen a clean cloth in the solution and rub gently on the stain. Place the garment in the washing machine with the washing program for delicate clothes. It is important that the friction be smooth to avoid damaging it.

chocolate stain on clothes

Remove oil stains

Cover the stain with bicarbonate so that it absorbs the oil. Let it act for a couple of minutes. Then, add some detergent and water. Take a brush and rub gently, making circular movements, for a few minutes. Finally, wash the garment as you usually do.

Dry slippers

The best alternative is to turn on the dryer in cold air mode. Remove the tongue from the shoe. Put the device about 10 cm away and direct the airflow directly into the shoe.

CLEANING APPLIANCES

Washing machine

To clean the rubber of the washing machine use liquid detergent and hot water; you rub the dirt with a toothbrush until it comes out completely.

To clean the filter you must disconnect the washer and empty it completely. Next, open the filter cap, remove it and clean with an equal mixture of white vinegar and water. This same solution can be done to clean the outside of the washing machine.

rubber washer

Blender or Blender

Fill the blender or blender bowl with half a cup of water and a few drops of the dishwasher. Turn on the appliance and beat the mixture for half a minute. This process will help shed all food debris. Then, you just have to rinse with water and dry.

Sandwich Maker

The first step is to unplug the appliance. Then, dip a cloth in water and squeeze it to remove excess liquid, as it should only be wet. Place it inside the sandwich maker, close it, plug it in and turn it on for about five seconds. Then clean the surface debris with the same cloth.sandwich Maker

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Ideally, clean immediately after using the appliance.

Griddle

Mix hot water with white vinegar in equal parts and add a little salt. Moisten a cloth in the solution and rub on the base of the iron. The appliance must be unplugged while cleaning.

Remove bad smell from the dishwasher

Pour a cup of white vinegar into the dishwasher and put a full cycle at maximum temperature. In the end, there will be no bad smell. If the above trick is not enough, you can sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the appliance and do another wash cycle.

Air conditioner filter

Unplug the appliance and remove the filters. Place them in the sink and wash them with liquid soap and plenty of water. You should rub until you see that the dirt is disappearing, but be careful not to dislodge them. Then, rinse with plenty of water and dry with a cloth.

Air filter

Deep fryer

You must unplug the device. Extract all the oil and fill the fryer with a mixture of water and a cup of white vinegar. Place the fryer basket in the solution, close the lid and let it boil for about ten minutes or more, depending on the amount of dirt. Then, remove the water to finish, rinse and be ready.

Washing machine drum

Put a wash cycle with the washing machine empty, at a temperature of thirty degrees or more. Add a cup of bleach . At the end, the entire drum of the washing machine will be completely clean and disinfected.

Microwave oven

Cut a lemon in half and place both pieces upside down on a plate that has a little water. Heat in the microwave for a minute or until you see steam. To finish, you just have to clean the inside with paper towels.

Keyboard and mouse

To clean the mouse, dry cloth is enough to remove the dust. In the case of the keyboard, you can place some 99% alcohol on a cotton disk and pass it through each of the keys very carefully. Repeat the process with a new cotton disk, until the entire device is cleaned.

keyboard and mouse

Eliminate bad smell in the washing machine

Wash without clothes at a temperature higher than 30 ° C. Includes half a liter of white vinegar . When finished, leave the washer door open and place a bowl of baking soda inside . Both compounds are ideal for neutralizing bad odors.

Oven

Cut two lemons and squeeze their juice . Pour the liquid into a saucepan and put it in the oven. Turn on the device at 250 ° C for half an hour. Then remove the pan and clean the walls with a cloth, until all dirt is removed

Baking tray

Add water to the tray, the juice of a lemon and also its peel. Turn on the oven at a temperature of 200 ° C for half an hour. Remove the tray and wash as usual.

Oven door

Spray a mixture of hot water and lemon juice on the surface to be cleaned. Scrape the dirt with a scraper for ceramic hobs and clean with paper towels. Spray the mixture again and use a scourer to rub. Clean with paper towels and finally use alcohol and a micro-fiber cloth to leave the glass gleaming.

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Fat oven

Mix a cup of water with a tablespoon of baking soda. Spray the solution inside the oven walls and let it work overnight. The next morning, remove all the fat with a sponge.

Coffee grinder

Add rice to the grinder and grind it. The ground rice will be in charge of absorbing and releasing all the residues that are inside the appliance. Then use a toothbrush to clean the possible remains.

Remove the scale from the washing machine

Set a normal wash cycle without clothes at a temperature above 30 ° C. Made baking soda in the soap drawer. Pour two glasses of white vinegar inside the drum into the softener drawer. At the end of the wash cycle, you can use a sponge or cloth to review the drum of the washing machine.

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CLEAN WITH CHILDREN AT HOME

Ink stains from the pen

Heat some milk until it is warm. Dip only the area where the stain is in the liquid. Then rinse and wash as you normally do.

Pick up spilled glitter

You only need to pass plasticine where the spilled pulp urine is so that it sticks.

Clean children’s toys

The most effective method to clean and disinfect children’s toys is to introduce them in boiling water for a few minutes. They can also be cleaned by spraying them with a mixture of water and white vinegar in equal parts. Leave on for 15 minutes and then clean with a dry cloth.

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If you put them in the dishwasher they will be clean and dry, ready to use.

Remove stickers on windows or vehicles

Place a hair dryer about 4 cm from the end you plan to start taking off. Do it for about 3 minutes or until the glue softens.

Painted marker pens on wood and floor surfaces

Usually, it is enough to soak a piece of cotton in 70 ° or 96 ° alcohol and gently rub on the stain. It works on wood and any other smooth surface. If the problem persists, you can rub some white toothpaste with the help of a brush.

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