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Remove Water Stains From Wood Furniture With This $3 Kitchen Staple

Even the most vigilant coaster-users have looked down at their beloved wood furniture to find water rings staining the finish. There’s no need to rush out to buy expensive polish or products to get rid of those unsightly circles. It turns out, you can remove water stains from wood with something you already have in your kitchen: butter!

There really isn’t anything in life butter can’t make better, is there? In your wood furniture’s case, you can place a small dab of the dairy on any watermarks and rub it in with a soft cloth. Then, let it sit overnight before rinsing off with a slightly damp and soapy rag. The cleaning experts in one of our most recent print magazines (Buy on Amazon, $19.96 for a year subscription) explain that butter works by seeping its oils into the wood and dislodging the trapped moisture causing the stain. 

According to The Rachael Ray Show, you can also speed up the process by mixing your butter with some ashes from your fireplace or grill. As you can see in the video below, it creates a paste that makes water stains disappear right in front of your eyes — no need to wait overnight!

It sounds strange, but there’s no denying the results! 

That said, if for some reason you don’t have any butter handy, Bob Vila offers a few other helpful options that might be hanging around instead. Mayo is another kitchen staple that will work similarly to butter with its oils displacing the moisture. You can apply it with a cloth as well and let it sit for a few hours or overnight before rinsing off. The website also recommends toothpaste — but specifically white toothpaste without any gel. Again, apply it to the stain and rinse it away after it’s had time to set in.

If none of those work, you can grab your clothing iron and a t-shirt you don’t mind possibly getting stained. Cover the watermark with the shirt and iron over it on the lowest setting for about 10 to 15 seconds. This should evaporate the moisture and erase the mark.

Now there’s no need to freak out the next time you spot a water stain on your wood furniture!

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