What's a little spot, spatter, or smudge on your prized blouse, countertop, or carpet? Maddening, that's what! Whether the mark was made by blood, sweat, food, ink, water, rust, or oil, its glaring obviousness is an invitation to visit the cleaning aisle at the hardware store. But this is a time when it's better to visit Instructables first, because authors have shared a wealth of ingenious stain removal hacks over the years, and many require only everyday household ingredients (like vinegar and baking soda) and a bit of patience or elbow grease.

Favorite or pin this guide for the future! You never know when a splotch of something icky is going to land on that beautiful wooden table you just refinished.