The 7 Deadly Stains of the Holidays

The 7 Deadly Stains of the Holidays

Here is a step by step guide on how to remove the most common types of stains that you might encounter at your holiday parties. If there’s a spill at your gathering, you’ll know exactly how to handle it. Just follow these simple rules for getting rid of those pesky stains. It’s important to note that the clothing should be treated as immediately as possible in order to prevent more permanent staining.

Meat Grease: Sprinkle the garment with baking soda. After 20 minutes, use a vacuum to remove the baking soda. Soak garment in a quart of lukewarm water with a tablespoon of white vinegar for thirty minutes. Place it into your washer and clean it at the highest safe temperature. 

Gravy: First scrape off the excess gravy then launder at the hottest water safe for the fabric. No pre-treating or bleach should be necessary. 

Cranberry: To remove various cranberry items from your garments, first rinse the item of clothing under cold water for about five minutes. Then combine a tablespoon of white vinegar and a teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent with a quart of cool water. Soak the item in this solution for 20 minutes, and then rinse it off. If the stain is particularly persistent, dab with rubbing alcohol and rinse again. If the stain still hasn’t given up, launder the item in the hottest water possible with chlorine bleach if it’s safe.

Mashed Potato/Sweet Potato/Squash: Run the stain under cold water to loosen any clumps of potato. Wash with the hottest water possible for the fabric. 

Chocolate: Freeze the chocolate by dabbing it with an ice cube, then scrape away whatever chocolate you can using a straightedge. Rinse the stain using warm water and wash it in cool water. You may have to repeat this process until the stain is fully removed.

Eggnog: Dab away loose eggnog using a clean cloth. Soak the stain in cool water for 30 minutes with a teaspoon each of white vinegar and laundry detergent. Then place some ammonia on it prior to washing. DO NOT USE BLEACH HERE, AMMONIA AND BLEACH TOGETHER CREATE VERY DANGEROUS FUMES.

Wine/Spirits/Soda: First, soak the garment in cold water for an hour, then treat with a pre-wash stain remover and wash with chlorine bleach if it’s okay for the fabric.

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