Summer time

Although it seems contrary to the core, style can sometimes be messy business. Whether the color of you new shoes has rubbed off on your feet or you've made a mess working with hair or clothing dye, you can treat stained skin with safe and common household items -- you may even work in a bit of pedi-like pampering in the process.

Saturate a cotton ball in your choice of do-it-yourself skin stain remover -- household items such as rubbing alcohol, vinegar, toothpaste and hair spray all do the trick. These items slough away dead, top-layer skin cells, allowing fresh, unstained skin to shine through.

Rub the cotton ball over the stained area of your foot in a circular motion, applying a moderate amount of pressure. You may have to refresh the cotton ball and the stain-removing agent if the cotton ball picks up too much of the stain.

Apply a light coat of baby oil to the stained area on your feet before heading to bed if any of the stain still remains. Pull on a pair of old socks or place a towel under your feet as you sleep to keep the oil from staining your bedsheets. Rinse your feet clean in the morning. The oil helps break down dye-based stains overnight.


  • Treat stains on your skin as promptly as you can -- as a rule of thumb, it's easier to remove fresh stains than those that have had a chance to set in.

  • A cotton ball saturated in milk may remove less intense stains, such as ink.

  • Exfoliate your feet with a scrub before you rub them with a cotton ball to pamper your feet and remove dead -- and stained -- cells from the skin's surface. Soak your feet in warm water and milk for 10 minutes, massage in the scrub with a pumice stone and rinse your feet clean.