Oprah Reveals Her Best Secret Ever to Removing Stains
Oprah Winfrey is basically the queen of everything. So, when we learned she had a hidden talent, we weren’t too surprised. And that hidden talent is cleaning up dog poop. Believe it or not, this billionaire boss lady does, in fact, clean up after her pups when they have an accident, making her all the more lovable in our eyes.
And Oprah’s not the only celebrity who knows a thing or two about stuck-on stains, either. From Oprah’s dog poop clean-up trick (which we’ll get to on page 3) to Kim Kardashian’s no-fail makeup remover secret, here are seven celebrities’ tried-and-true cleaning tips they swear by.
1. Naomi Watts: Dust daily
It’s a simple tip but one that’s often overlooked. You may consider yourself a home-cleaning pro, but the question is, “How many times a week do you really get to every nook and cranny in your house?”
If you’re questioning your commitment to a super strict, deep-cleaning regimen, you’re not alone. Even Hollywood A-listers need to remind themselves of the importance of mundane tasks, such as daily dusting.
According to Shoporeck.com, “Actress Naomi Watts finds dusting her bookshelves everyday eliminates the allergens that are drifting around your home. Dusting daily also keeps your knick-knacks from looking older that they actually are.”
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2. Victoria Beckham: Remove strawberry stains with this formula
Turns out, the never-cracks-a-smile Spice Girl has more to offer than impeccable style tips. After all, Victoria Beckham isn’t just a style icon, she’s a mother — a mother to young kids, at that. And kids, as we all know, have a tendency to create a mess. But Beckham has the answer to removing those nasty little stains, at least when it comes to one tasty fruit.
She tweeted, “Mummy tip…..Baby Dreft and Vanish stain remover, use together to remove HUGE strawberry stains!!!! X vb.”
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3. Oprah Winfrey: Remove dog poop stains with this trick
We have Vanity Fair to thank for this gem because that’s where Oprah revealed her secret talent. According to the publication, Oprah has “developed the perfect method for cleaning up pet excrement — because, nobody else ‘wants to clean up your dog’s sh*t,’ she jokes.”
Oh Oprah, always the comedian. But anyway, back to the task at hand.
Oprah’s talent, which comes from having had 21 dogs over the years, is one we can all use. As she says, accidents happen, regardless how how well trained your perfect pooch may be.
Oprah begins her demonstration by pouring out a little gravy. (It would’ve been rude to use the real stuff.) She pours a little club soda on it, which loosens the stain and makes it easier to blot. (Be sure to let it bubble up before you begin blotting.) Add more club soda, and continue blotting. Then, take a dab of dish washing liquid, followed by more club soda, if needed.
To watch Oprah’s entire process, including how she achieves a “club soda fizz cake,” check out the video from Vanity Fair’s Secret Talent Theatre. You will not be disappointed.
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4. Dr. Oz: Use homemade cleaner
Dr. Oz is no stranger to healthy living tips. So, it makes sense that he has some better-for-you cleaning advice we should all be following. For starters, Dr. Oz recommends easing up on all the toxic stuff and turning to an environmentally friendly cleaning solution, instead.
Mix sodium borate, vinegar, and water to create an all-purpose cleaner. And voila, you’ve ridden your house of unnecessary chemical products.
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5. Kim Kardashian: Remove makeup stains with this common household product
If anyone knows about caked-on makeup, it’s Kim Kardashian. Naturally, all that makeup means a heightened risk of having it rub off on your shirts, scarves, coats, and collars. It’s no wonder she knows the secret to removing it.
According to InStyle, Kardashian shared the stain-removal tip on her app, saying, “To get rid of makeup stains, shaving cream often does the trick. Just apply to the stain and then lightly wet or wash. If the stain still won’t come out, you can also use a drop of rubbing alcohol mixed with the shaving cream. The stain should lift out easily.”
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6. Linda Cobb: Use vodka to remove mildew
OK, so we know Queen of Clean Linda Cobb has a bit of an upper hand here. But still, her tip is valuable — and unexpected.
When it comes to removing mold and mildew from your bathroom caulk, Cobb recommends using cheap vodka. “Spray it on the problem area, let it sit for 15 minutes, re-wet with the vodka spray and rub with a brush,” Cobb tells Grandparents.com. Voila. You’ll never look at vodka the same.
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7. Martha Stewart: Remove red wine with this trick
Once again, we’ve landed at a strain-removal expert. But hey, these ladies did earn their spot in the industry for a reason, after all. And we all know Martha Stewart knows best.
For red wine stains on delicate fabrics, follow these steps: “Soak the spot with denatured alcohol. Flush with white vinegar to remove residual stain.”
For red wine stains on sturdy fabrics, follow these steps: “Coat stain with salt; let stand for five minutes. Stretch stained area over a bowl; secure with a rubber band. Place in sink; carefully pour boiling water over stain from a height of at least a foot.”
And with that, you’re ready to tackle whatever type of stain may come your way.
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