Newspaper

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This trick is great for large grease stains, like those found in the garage or driveway. Spread several thicknesses of newspaper over the spot, then thoroughly soak the paper with water and weight it down with a heavy object. When the paper is completely dry, remove it—and the stain should come with it.

Paper bag

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Have you ever noticed how greasy foods immediately leave their mark on the bags that hold them? This trick uses the same process but in reverse. For greasy stains on wallpaper, fold a brown paper bag and hold it over the stain. Next, run a warm iron over the spot, drawing the grease into the paper. Repeat as necessary until the spot is gone, repositioning the bag each time so fresh paper collects the grease.

Salt

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When you’re trying to figure out how to remove grease stains salt probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but it can be very helpful. Did that football-watching couch potato knock greasy nachos onto your nice white carpet? Mix up 1 part salt to 4 parts rubbing alcohol and rub it hard on the grease stain, being careful to rub in the direction of the rug’s natural nap. Make sure you don’t believe these cleaning myths.