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      Stain fighting made easy

      Instead of spending your time scrubbing, opt for the easier way.

      Well it's a job no one likes to do and many times it ends up costing you your favorite shirt.

      We're talking about stains. However, instead of spending your time scrubbing, opt for the easier way.

      Here are some expert secrets to eliminating those pesky stains - without a lot of elbow grease.

      Let's start with the basics. Here are some tips from the University of Missouri Extension.

      Tip #1

      With any stain, you want to soak it in cold water as soon as possible.

      With a spoon or toothbrush gently brush away the food particles as best you can. Remember to use care and don't be too rough. That could damage or mess up the cloth.

      Change the water several times as you rinse with cold water.

      Tip #2

      Use the right stain fighter.

      A lot of people think one product will work for everything. They couldn't be more wrong. Each stain is different, whether it's a protein stain, a greasy stain or a fruit stain, etc.

      For example, chili is a mixture of a greasy and protein stain. So start with an aerosol stain fighter, which are the best for greasy stains.

      All you have to do is spray it on and let it soak in cold water for 6 hours or even overnight.

      The stain fighter will do its work, but it takes time.

      Tip #3

      After allowing it to soak -- it's time to scrub. And when you scrub, scrub from the inside of your clothing out. Most people don't do this, but remember your stain got on your clothes on the outside. So if you scrub it on the outside, you're actually pushing the particles through the shirt.

      Use a toothbrush or spoon to scrub and go with the grain so you don't hurt the cloth.

      These are just the basics, but make sure you use the right products!

      For grass stains - soak it in liquid detergent booster or granular detergent.

      For blood - initially soak it in ice water and hydrogen peroxide or bleach.

      However before you use any stain fighter, test the color safeness on a hidden seam before you soak the whole thing.

      All these tips, as well as a guide to fighting every stain can be found online from the University of Missouri Extension.

      Just go to their website and you'll find tips to fighting any stain.