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Rebecca’s Recommendations: Natural Stain Eraser

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While I love my Magic Eraser (I find the name brand and generic versions work equally well), sometimes I want to use a more natural product. Luckily, baking soda is an effective and eco-friendly alternative. Yes, the household staple that is great at deodorizing also KOs many challenging household stains.

As always, test the surface you’ll treat in an inconspicuous spot to make sure it won’t etch the finish or compromise the surface in some way. But as far as cleaners go, baking soda is quite mild. I’ve even gotten rid of ink that transferred onto laminate countertops using a paste of baking soda and water.

To apply this little miracle worker, cover the stained area with baking soda. I tend to be heavy-handed with the soda, but you can also start with just a sprinkle and up the amount from there as needed. Then add a bit of water to create a thick paste.

Rub the paste into the stain using an old rag, paper towel or toothbrush (again, be mindful of the surface you are treating). I find gentle circular motions work best, as they slowly polish the stain from all angles without being overly aggressive.

Rinse away the residue with water and repeat until the stain disappears.

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