Lucky is the person who doesn’t know the abject misery of having an otherwise immaculate outfit ruined by a splash of stray mayonnaise or an unidentified unctuous splodge. Today’s humble recommendation, a compact stick of spot cleaner that absorbs grease, oil and dairy-based stains from clothing, is applied as a powder and works in minutes. Once the foul spot has been drawn out, the integrated brush is used to flick away any incriminating residue. No wonder this handy item has long been an indispensable component of the fashion stylist’s toolkit! This tip comes courtesy of The Gentlewoman editor-in-chief PENNY MARTIN, who buys her supply at the trusty retailer JOHN LEWIS for less than five pounds sterling.