Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Planes, Trains, and Untimely Stains
Easy ways to clean up when spills get you down.
by Giselle Velazquez

(Business 2.0) - Between the hustle to the airport, the race to the hotel, and the hurried dinner meeting, you may face every traveler's worst nightmare: a messy stain that ruins your spiffy outfit. Don't panic. Using ingredients that are often close at hand, these time-tested tricks can help you erase the evidence of five common spills.

Warning: Do not use these tips on "dry-clean only" garments, such as silks or wool blends.


1 Soak with Salted Water. 2 Rinse. 3 Apply clear liquid soap. 4 Rinse with lukewarm water. 5 Repeat steps 3 and 4 as needed.


1 Place a paper towel under the stain and apply hair spray. 2 Rinse with water. 3 Pour nail polish remover onto the stain. 4 Rinse.


1 Blot. 2 Gently rub the spot with clear shampoo. 3 Rinse with hot water. 4 Repeat shampooing and rinsing as needed.


1 Douse the spot with white wine. 2 Blot. 3 Pour salt onto the stain and let stand one to two minutes. 4 Rinse with cold water. 5 Repeat the entire process as needed.


1 Sprinkle with salt and let stand, dry, for 10 minutes. 2 Scrape off the salt. 3 Gently rub in clear hand soap or dish detergent. 4 Alternatively, use baking-soda-based toothpaste. 5 Rinse with hot water. Top of page

Follow the news that matters to you. Create your own alert to be notified on topics you're interested in.

Or, visit Popular Alerts for suggestions.
Manage alerts | What is this?