I'm a cleaning expert – how to remove water ring stains in MINUTES using products you already have
7th May 2022

IF we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: please use a coaster.

Do you have ugly, circular stains on tables or other furniture despite begging your family to slip a coaster under cold drinks?

These three easy tactics will remove ring stains left behind by condensation – whether it was houseguests, kids, or your spouse who disregarded the instructions.

The strategies come from TikTok cleaning guru Caroline Solomon, who fans know better as her online handle, Neat Caroline.

Speaking on The Rachael Ray Show, Solomon revealed the three household items you can use to lift water stains.

"If someone forgets to put a coaster down on your nice wood end table and leaves a tragic-looking water mark, don't panic," Solomon said.


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Grab a tube of white toothpaste instead.

"Apply a pea-sized amount to a clean rag and then work it around the water ring," Solomon instructed.

"It will totally disappear," she said, demonstrating how to rub the stain in a circular motion. "There are mild abrasives in here that will help break that down."

Only white toothpaste, not gel, will work with this hack. If gel toothpaste is all you have on hand, try Solomon's backup plan.

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"In a pinch, you can actually use mayonnaise," she revealed. Apply it to the wood and work it into the grain the same way you would with toothpaste.

For deep-set stains, you'll need to turn up the heat.

Get out your iron and a microfiber cloth for Solomon's last tactic.

"Here's our iron, set to medium heat," she explained.

Place a microfiber cloth over the stain, then begin ironing the area.

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"You're going to lift it off periodically," Solomon said, and check to see how the stain removal is progressing.

"That will eventually lift that water ring right off."

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