This Toiletry Staple Doubles as an Effective Stain Remover

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If a big glob of mustard falls on your white shirt and you don’t have any stain remover, don’t worry—just grab the shaving cream!

Yes, shaving cream can actually remove stains from clothing and more. The foamy, soapy texture of this toiletry staple is actually perfect for removing grease stains from laundry. You’ll want to use a classic foaming formula, like Barbasol, though (avoid the gel-based creams).

Place a dollop of shaving cream on that pesky stain and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then, just blot the cream away, and the stain should go with it.

If you’ve got a stubborn stain that’s not grease-based, shaving cream can still help. In fact, it’s particularly useful on tough ones, like the aforementioned mustard, and coffee, too. The process for these toughies is slightly different, though. It’s even easier!

Just apply the shaving cream to the stain and rub it in. Then, throw the piece of clothing in the wash as usual—you don’t even have to let it sit.

And this hack works on more than clothing. That thick shaving cream texture makes it the perfect stain remover for carpet, as well. The process for that is similar to the one for removing grease stains.

However, as carpet is a coarser, hardier fabric, you’ll want to let it sit overnight. In the morning, just dab away the shaving cream, and there’ll be no more stain.

Of course, no one wants to get stains on their carpet. Luckily, there are some things you can do to avoid them altogether.

[Via House Digest]

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