The holidays are a great excuse to indulge in that extra piece of pie or chocolate or glass of wine. The holidays are also a great time to spill some of those indulgences on your brand new holiday party dress – or shoes, or tablecloth or anything else that you splurged on and immediately ruined. I get it.
I am presenting you with your holiday-how-to guide for tough stain removal. Bookmark this page, print it, put it on your fridge, and Facebook the hell out of it because I promise you, it will come in handy.
Butter: If you don’t end up with a buttered roll in your lap, you will probably end up with at least some on the tablecloth. Pre-treat with a liquid stain remover, then flip over and pre-treat from the backside of the fabric, blot with cold water, and wash as soon as possible. Tide makes a good pre-treat spray.
Condiments: Things like buffalo sauce or mustard stain fast. First blot excess to prevent spreading, use a spot treatment like Shout Advanced Ultra Concentrated Gel, rinse, and apply color safe bleach and wash in cold water. If your condiment stain happens to be ketchup, be sure not to use warm or hot water – it will set the stain quicker than you can pop another one of those holiday Hershey’s Kisses in your mouth. Instead, wash with dish soap and white vinegar.
Berries (pie filling, fruit, etc.): Wash immediately with dish soap like Dawn (the clear one is best) and white vinegar. If the stain is on a light tablecloth, you will probably need a round of bleach in the wash.
Red wine: This will happen. Soak up the spill with baking soda and salt, then rinse with club soda. Maybe you should use the wine bra next time? (See the Dec. 11 edition of Securely Fashioned.)
Baby accidents: So your brand new nephew barfed all over your satin top – don’t panic and don’t make a scene. I find that the Dreft Laundry Stain Remover spray works wonders on all baby oopsies. And it’s gentle for sensitive fabrics. If your nephew is a bit older and onto jar baby foods, you will want to scrape that goo off with a butter knife, then apply some hand sanitizer (alcohol) to break up the food. Spray on some Dreft and launder as usual.
Blood: Hopefully this will not happen, but if someone gets blood on something, go for the Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover. You can usually find them at Bed Bath & Beyond; this stuff is amazing. Another miracle cleanser is The Amazing Whip-It. This super cleaner is vegan and earth friendly with no harsh chemicals, and it removes some serious stains, including paint, blood, wine, and pet stains! You can grab on of these at Costco or online.
Salt from the roads: This white stuff can wreak havoc on your shoes. A simple mix of vinegar and water brushed on with an old loofah or soft scrub brush will remove it easily.
Accidents will happen, but if you are prepared, you and your guest will be worry free!
Whatever you do…
Have the following items on hand:
• Liquid dish soap
• White vinegar
• Baking soda
• Stain pre-treat
• Color safe bleach
• Club soda
• Dreft Spray (if children are involved)
Bonus points for Grandma’s Secret Stain Remover or The Amazing Whip-It!