Consumer Reports' textile engineer Pat Slaven says you can get rid of a lot of common stains yourself.She
helped write Consumer Reports'
new handbook how to clean and care for practically anything.
"The best thing to do is start working on it right away.The sooner you get to it, the easier it is to get out," she
All you need are some simple, inexpensive products.Then, say you get a wine or fruit juice stain:
"Start with a bit of liquid dish detergent in water: one teaspoon in a cup of water.When you can't remove any more color, finish it with a bit of hydrogen peroxide and this will help to remove the last traces of the red coloring."
says it's ideal for getting out tomato sauce, gravy and other oil-based stains.
After you pre-treat the spot, wash the clothes in warm water and laundry detergent.But never iron any stained clothing or put it in the dryer.Heat permanently sets a stain.
"The tomato sauce is completely gone," she