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Removing Tough Stains from Dish Towels

April 20, 2017

Q. My dish towels and cloths can become quite stained from cooking, etc. What can I use to get them really clean? I have been using other detergents, but they do not come spot-free. —Romain A. Hi Romain; Dish towels definitely are a cleaning and whitening challenge given all the… Read More

Removing Lemon Water Spots Out of Drinking Glasses

April 20, 2017

Q. How do I get lemon water spots out of drinking glasses? —Roderick A. Hi Roderick; This is something I haven’t heard of before. Usually people ask about residue left behind by automatic dishwashing detergents. They tend to leave more spots on glassware because the formulations no longer include phosphates. Read More

Removing an Already-Washed Sloppy Joe Stain

April 14, 2017

Q: How do I get a Sloppy Joe stain out of my shirt that’s already been washed? Lindsay A: Hi Lindsay; This is a great question, and very timely given how many Sloppy Joes get eaten while people watch football playoff games and the Super Bowl! It sounds like you’ve… Read More

Removing Cheese Puff Dust on White Shirt and Suede Shoes

April 14, 2017

Q: I got some puke stains of a certain cheese puff snack on a white shirt and suede leather shoes the other night when I drank too much vodka. Any advice on how to clean them? Thanks, Sami A: Hi Sami; Typically, vomit stains that are predominantly stomach acid are… Read More

How To Remove An Old Stain From A Shirt

August 23, 2016

Q: Can you please suggest how to clean my shirt that has an old stain? I have already tried it normally but I could not get it out. A: Do you have any idea what caused the stain?  If you don’t, then since the stain is on a shirt there’s a good possibility… Read More

How Do I Get A Cooking Oil Stain Out Of A Shirt?

July 19, 2016

Q: How do I get a cooking oil stain out of a t shirt? A: You didn’t mention the color of the t-shirt or the fiber content.  That’s OK—I’ve got several different options for you to try based on what’s common for a typical t-shirt. A really effective product to use… Read More

How Do I Get Strawberries Out Of a White Cotton Blouse?

June 28, 2016

Q: How do I get out strawberries from a white cotton blouse? A: You can easily pretreat your strawberry stain before washing, but before you do, check the care label just to make sure your cotton blouse doesn’t have any spandex.  It’s getting more and more common to have white… Read More

How To Remove Food Oil From White Shirts?

April 30, 2016

Q: How to remove food oil from white shirts? A: Sure, I can help you with getting food oil stains off your white shirts!  One of the best things to use for cooking oil is actually liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you use for hand washing dishes) because it is… Read More

How Do I Remove Curry Stains From Clothing?

February 12, 2016

Q: How Do I Remove Curry Stains From Clothing? A: Curries can vary widely–from the spices used to the meat, tofu, or vegetables cooked in the sauce.  Since most curry sauces start with a little oil used to brown the meat or sauté vegetables, it’s important to consider that first… Read More

What should I do about tomato sauce on silk?

December 31, 2015

Q: What should I do about tomato sauce on silk?   A: Silk is such a problem to properly clean.  While some silks are treated in a way that makes hand washing them possible, others are not.  Not knowing what type of silk item your stain is on, it makes the… Read More

How do I get rid of tamales stain on clothing?

November 13, 2015

Q: How do I get rid of tamales stain on clothing?   A: Just like delicious tamales require extra time and care to prepare, getting out a tamale stain also requires a little extra attention! Since it’s a combination stain, you have to treat the oil component first, and then… Read More

What Is The Best Way To Remove Cooking Oil Stains?

September 30, 2015

Q: What is the best way to remove cooking oil stains? I splatter oil (olive, canola or veggie) on my clothes while cooking all the time. Sometimes it comes out with spray stain remover and sometimes it doesn’t. A: Thanks for sending in your question—it’s a… Read More

How Do You Remove Oil Stains From Whites?

September 21, 2015

Q: I have four white shirts which have developed weird yellow spots all over them in random places. Mainly present around the cuffs, collar, pocket, sleeve. I can’t understand what the reason behind these stains is. These shirts are a part of my uniform and I can’t do… Read More

How Can I Get My Cloth Napkins Back To White?

September 11, 2015

Q: I use cloth napkins at home and on the go. Sometimes, I keep my apple cores wrapped in my napkins until I can get to my compost bin at home but it leaves a brown stain I can never get out. I also use cloth napkins to… Read More

Is It Okay To Bleach Items With a Logo On Them?

April 22, 2015

Q: I have just noticed a stain on two items of my clothing. One is a white polo shirt and the other a normal t-shirt material. I’ve tried using a stain remover, soaking it and pre treating it but no joy. My next thought was bleach. Will it be okay… Read More

Removing Unknown Stain From Upholstery

April 8, 2015

Q: Please recommend best method for removing unknown stain from dining room chair upholstery A: I wish I knew a little more about the stain. Is it older, or did it just appear this week?  Did it soak in or does it look like it’s on the surface of the… Read More

How To Remove Grease Stains

April 6, 2015

Q: I have some clothes that have grease stains on them. I use Shout, do i need to turn clothes inside out, get it wet and spray?  I dont know how to get the stain out.   A: Greasy stains definitely need to be pre-treated before washing, and it’s best… Read More

How To Remove Wine Stains From Carpet

January 27, 2015

Q:  I spilled an entire glass of Merlot on off white Berber carpeting!  HELP!! A: What a disaster! You probably will have to bring in a professional carpet cleaner to get the stain all the way out, but there are a few things you can do now to increase the… Read More

Removing stains from carpet

December 16, 2014

Q: HELP! I caught my youngest son spitting red Gatorade at his brother in our living room the other day. This room has multi toned brown to beige carpeting and we keep it very dark in there. Since I was extremely sick I didn’t even notice that he had actually… Read More

Tips on how to remove olive oil & balsamic vinegar stains

October 16, 2014

Q: How do I remove olive oil & balsamic vinegar stains from a shirt?   A: This is a classic combination stain, so it’s best to work on the oily component first, because you need to break up the oil before any bleach product can go after the colored component. … Read More

Removing Butter Coffee Stains

September 4, 2014

Have you been wondering about giving “Butter Coffee” a try? First, there’s the different ways you can make it: just add unsalted butter, or butter and coconut oil, or maybe butter and MCT Oil (that’s medium chain triglyceride oil), or maybe really go for it and buy the expensive coffee… Read More

Treating Hamburger Grease

July 4, 2014

What’s good for getting out grease from hamburgers? Happy 4th of July! With BBQ season really kicking in, this is a very timely question! A great technique for getting out greasy burger drips is to jumpstart cleaning by first pretreating them with a little liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you… Read More

Removing Old Stains

December 30, 2013

I have some old stains on a top that is mostly white with patterns on it. How do I get them safely removed without ruining my shirt?  You may be able to safely bleach the top (and I actually expect that you can) depending on what it’s made of… Read More

Removing Butter Stains

December 28, 2013

How do you get a butter stain out of a men’s tie when traveling? Butter comes out pretty easily when pretreated with a little liquid dishwashing detergent. But that probably isn’t included in one of the little bottles in the hotel room! Those are probably shampoo or body wash, and… Read More

Removing Stains on Down Comforters

November 15, 2013

How do I remove an enchilada sauce stain from my down comforter?   Enchilada sauce is a combination stain with an oily component and either tomatoes or tomatillos depending on whether it’s a red or green sauce. It’s not the most difficult stain to get out, BUT having it on… Read More

Removing Tomato Stains from Colored T-Shirts

September 11, 2013

How do I remove a tomato stain from a yellow t-shirt? I get lots of questions about spaghetti and tomato sauce stains, and there are a few different solutions for treating them! If you’ve got a stain from a tomato by itself, then you can pretreat it with… Read More

Treating movie theater popcorn butter stains

August 6, 2013

How do I treat a stain from movie theater popcorn butter? Whether what you spilled is butter or butter-flavoring, you have a concentrated oil stain you need to deal with. These stains benefit from pretreating with a good liquid dishwashing detergent before following up with other products. That’s because… Read More

White Linen Storage Stains

August 2, 2013

I have some white linen tablecloths which haven’t been used for years and were stored in a wooden armoire that show storage stains at the folding sides. I used Clorox® Regular-Bleach a few times in the wash but the marks remain and remain. What can I do? I have… Read More

Treating a salsa stain

February 6, 2013

I spilled some salsa in some khaki shorts. I tried Oil Soap and that helped a bit, but did not completely treat the stain. How do I get the rest out?I’m guessing you have a salsa stain on khaki shorts, which are either tan or olive green in color. I… Read More

Removing cake icing stains

December 26, 2012

How do I remove colored cake icing?Frosting usually contains butter or shortening, or some mixture of the two; and so you do NOT want to rinse the stain first before treating it. Instead, start by gently scraping away as much stain as you can (plastic knives work well for this)… Read More

Removing gum from a suede coat

December 7, 2012

I got gum on my new suede coat. How do I get it off? This sticky problem actually has a pretty easy remedy: use ice cubes to freeze the gum and then gently scrape away the hardened chunks. The suede material of the jacket complicates things a bit—definitely check the… Read More

Treating a gravy stain

November 23, 2012

Happy Black Friday! Between fueling up for midnight shopping and cleaning up Thanksgiving dinner, I bet there were some gravy spills in the last 24 hours. To help you tackle this tricky stain, I wanted to provide my favorite treatment for gravy stains. Gravy is a complex stain with grease,… Read More

Removing cranberry sauce stains

November 16, 2012

How do I remove cranberry sauce stains from my clothing? Cranberries and cranberry sauce are holiday staples. Cranberries are festive fruits, but their juice and sauce stains have an intense color with skins, seeds and sugars to be concerned about. Rinse the stained area with cold water. Do NOT use… Read More

Removing chocolate from colored clothing

November 2, 2012

My children got some chocolate candy from their Halloween loot all over some colored clothing. How should I treat this? Chocolate stains are difficult to remove because they contain so many different components. There can be fats and dairy, as well as fine cocoa particles. Treating these combination stains with… Read More

Removing sticky candy from clothing

October 31, 2012

How do you get sticky candy out of clothes? Happy Halloween! This is the one downside to trick-or-treating – plenty of sticky candy laundry. You didn’t say what type of sticky candy, but I’m guessing it is chewing gum. For that, you can use ice cubes to freeze the gum… Read More

Treating pumpkin pie stains

October 29, 2012

How do I remove a pumpkin pie stain from my clothing? Pumpkin pie is a holiday favorite, but this stain has lots of dairy products and sugars, which complicate the removal process. The first step is to quickly scrape away any excess stain and rinse in cool water.FROM HERE, IF… Read More

Removing popcorn oil stains

October 19, 2012

How do I treat stains from popcorn oil?For popcorn oil stains, you can pre-treat with Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster or a small amount of liquid dish washing detergent (like Dawn). Apply it directly to the stain, rub it in and then wait 3-5 minutes. Then, if the… Read More

Treating pecan stains on clothing

October 17, 2012

How can I remove brown pecan stains from clothing that resulted from a squirrel dropping shells on me from a tree?What a fascinating question! Your pecan shell stains are probably a combination of oil from the nutmeat and colorant from the shell. Treat the oily portion of the stain first: … Read More

Removing coffee stains

October 12, 2012

What is the best way to remove coffee stains?Hopefully your coffee-stained item is white and made of a fabric that you can safely bleach–you should always avoid bleaching fabrics that are made with wool, silk, mohair, leather, and spandex.  If your item is not on that list, then, proceed as… Read More

Removing a red wine stain

September 28, 2012

I spilled red wine all over my favorite shirt! What can I do to get it out?Unfortunately for red wine lovers, although the tannins help make great red wines, they also really add difficulty to the removal of wine stains. The first step for you is to quickly blot up… Read More

Removing hot chocolate stains

September 26, 2012

It is officially fall! With the change of seasons come a change of weathers, and a cool weather favorite has always been hot chocolate! Chocolate has fine particles and milk proteins that can make this a difficult stain to removeSoak fabric in cold water and good liquid laundry detergent for… Read More

Removing baby food stains

September 13, 2012

My baby started eating food and his clothes have some food stains, how do I remove them?Baby food stains really benefit from pre-treating, but first be sure to scrape away excess stain (think pureed vegetable globs like sweet potatoes), and then rinse the stain with a little cool water. Be… Read More

Removing baby food stains

August 10, 2012

How do you remove baby food stains from baby clothes?Baby food stains really benefit from pre-treating, but first be sure to scrape away excess stain (think pureed vegetable globs like sweet potatoes), and then rinse the stain with a little cool water. Be careful not to rub the stain further… Read More

Removing marshmallows from clothing

July 25, 2012

What is the best way to remove marshmallow from clothing?S’mores are a summer campfire staple, but they sure can be a sticky mess! Fortunately marshmallows are mostly sugar, water, and gelatin, and dissolve rather easily in water. You can also presoak the item in a detergent and water solution prior… Read More

How to remove spaghetti sauce

July 18, 2012

What is the best way to remove spaghetti sauce splatter from a natural, white cotton knit shirt?Spaghetti sauce recipes can vary, but usually the stain is a combination of both oil and tomato solids. If you treat the oily part first, your chances of success go way up. Start by… Read More

Popsicle stains on a swimsuit

July 9, 2012

How can you remove a red Popsicle stain out of a swimsuit?With sweltering heat all over the country right now, it is hard to resist a popsicle! Red stains can be particularly difficult to remove, but I would try the following:Apply liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster directly… Read More

How to Remove a Tea Stain from Light Blue Jeans

June 22, 2012

How do you remove tea stain from light blue jeans?Since your tea stain is on denim, you can treat it by applying Liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster into stain and rub it in. Wait for 5-10 minutes, then wash immediately in the hottest water recommended using detergent… Read More

How to remove mustard stains

June 2, 2012

How do I remove mustard stain?First, blot away any excess and rinse the stain with a little cool water, reducing the amount of stain you have to work on.  Next it’s important to pretreat the stain—what you use depends on the color and fiber content of the item.For white bleachable… Read More

Strawberry Stain Removal

May 16, 2012

How do I get strawberry stains out? For strawberry stains, start by blotting away any excess (if the stain is fresh) and then rinse the stain with cold water.  What you do next depends on the color and fiber content of the item with the stain on it. For white,… Read More

Cooking Oil

April 20, 2012

Q. What will remove cooking oil from a t-shirt?A. I would start by pretreating the stain with something to help solubilize the cooking oil, breaking it up to make it easier to remove.  Try liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster or liquid dishwashing detergent.  Apply a little and… Read More

Red Soda on Carpet

April 11, 2012

Q:  How do I remove a red soda stain on my carpet that has been there for a month?A:  Ideally a beverage spill can be immediately blotted and then rinsed with water to reduce the amount of stain needing to be removed.  However, that’s much more difficult to do with… Read More

Gum Stain on Leather

April 6, 2012

Q:  How can I get gum out of a leather sofa?A:  The most effective way to remove gum from just about anything is to use ice cubes to freeze the gum, and then gently scrape away the hardened chunks with a dull knife.  Just put the ice directly onto the… Read More

Outdoor Grill Stain

April 2, 2012

Q:  I accidentally brushed up against the grill.  The stain appears to be a mix of grease and ash; it is very black and greasy.  Help!A:  I would start by pretreating the stain with some liquid dishwashing detergent – this will help solubilize the grease, breaking it up for easier… Read More

Cake Icing Stain

March 26, 2012

Q:  How do I remove colored cake icing?A:  With all those spring babies, I have a feeling this stain will become more and more popular in the months ahead!  And here’s how to tackle it…Frosting usually contains butter or shortening, or some mixture of the two; and so you do… Read More

Gravy Stains

March 21, 2012

Q:  How do you get rid of a gravy stain?A:  Gravy is tricky because it is combination stain—you have both a greasy and colored component that needs to be dealt with, and it’s best to work on the greasy part first.  Start by scraping away excess gravy with a dull… Read More

Red Wine and Sauce Stains

January 13, 2012

Q: I have red wine and sauce stains on my cloth napkins and tablecloths.  What would be the proper ratio of water to Clorox® Regular-Bleach for a soak in a bucket (not machine)?A:  The proper ratio is 1/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water.  Fully submerge the items… Read More

Baby Food Stains

September 26, 2011

Q:  My baby started eating food and his clothes have some food stains, how do I remove them? A: Congratulations on your new baby!  Baby food stains really benefit from pre-treating, but first be sure to scrape away excess stain (think pureed vegetable globs like sweet potatoes), and then rinse… Read More

Coffee Stains on White Clothing

August 8, 2011

Q:  I spilt coffee on my white clothes.  How can I remove these stains?A: Hopefully your white item is bleachable.  You should avoid bleaching fabrics that are made with wool, silk, mohair, leather, and spandex.  If bleachable, proceed as follows:For localized stains, rub stain gently with Clorox® Bleach Pen… Read More

Removing Wine Stains

July 29, 2011

Q: How do you remove wine stains?A:  Here are two great techniques—you can decide which to use depending on the item you will be washing.For stained items that are white: Rub the stain gently with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel immediately before laundering.Wash immediately in the hottest water… Read More

Removing Red Dirt and Juice Stains

April 7, 2011

Q: I am embarking on a baseball season with two boys wearing white pants and white undershirts. What are the best ways to remove red dirt and possible juice stains?A: The undershirts are most likely white cotton, therefore to remove any juice stains, wash the shirts with… Read More

Valentine’s Day Chocolate and Cupcake Stains

February 11, 2011

In the grocery store, at the mall, everywhere I look these days I see red, pink, and violet, which can mean only one thing in February – Valentine’s Day! My family loves this holiday—from pink waffles to heart shaped pizza and sugar cookies that say “Be Mine” we make it… Read More

Super Bowl Stain Strategy

February 3, 2011

I love the excitement that’s building as Super Bowl XLV approaches! For some it’s about the statistics—which team has won the most Super Bowls (Pittsburgh) and which team won the first time they played (Green Bay, 1967) and which team won the last time they played (Pittsburgh, 2009). For others,… Read More

St. Patrick’s Day Tips

March 17, 2010

Top of the morning, and happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! Hopefully you have plenty of fun plans for the day ahead – don’t forget to wear green! However, even with the luck of the Irish on your side, remember that stains can still happen, which is why I’ve included… Read More

Removing Candy From Clothing

February 25, 2010

Q. I have just discovered that a red tootsie roll went through a load of my children’s laundry. It was a load of whites and light-colored clothing. The load went through the washer and dryer. There are red dots of color all over everything. Is there anything that will treat… Read More

Removing Olive Oil Stains

October 29, 2009

Q. How do you get out olive oil? Thanks! — Nola A. Hi Nola; One of the best things to use for olive oil is actually liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you use for handwashing dishes) because it is formulated for greasy dishes. Because liquid dishwashing detergent generally makes lots… Read More

Removing Handkerchief Stains

September 1, 2009

Q. Two questions please: I always have a handkerchief with me. Over time these get stained. I want to use Clorox to soak them in hopes of removing the stains. The handkerchiefs are 100% cotton. What dilution should I use, and for how long? The stains are noticeable. Is… Read More

Removing Chocolate Stains with the Clorox® Bleach Pen

May 12, 2009

Q. I used the Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel on a small chocolate stain on a new white knit top. It turned the material yellow, and though I tried everything I could think of to the get the yellow out, you can still see some yellow in the spot. How… Read More

Easter Stains

April 10, 2009

Everyone, including me, always gets excited about the Easter Bunny! I thought I’d put up a quick note about how to remove a couple of Easter Bunny-related stains from the outdoor egg hunt and the melted/dripping/dropped chocolate bunny stains. I LOVE Easter egg hunts (as long as I find the… Read More

Removing Butter Stains

April 7, 2009

Q. I just purchased an expensive (overpriced) cotton gauze top in lime green. The very first time I wore it, I dripped a dot (about the size of a dime) of melted butter from oysters right in the front. I have tried white vinegar and every stain remover there is… Read More

St. Patrick’s Day Tips

March 12, 2009

Top of the morning, and happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! Hopefully you have plenty of fun plans for the day ahead — don’t forget to wear green! However, even with the luck of the Irish on your side, remember that stains can still happen, which is why I’ve included… Read More

Post Super Bowl Stain Tips

February 3, 2009

Ok, we had our annual Super Bowl party on Sunday and you guessed it…even Dr. Laundry wasn’t immune to those little spots and spills. What a day! I always look forward to seeing old friends, eating, drinking and yelling our way through four quarters of really exciting pigskin. Our crowd’s… Read More

Removing Bubble Gum

January 22, 2009

Q. I have some bubble gum stuck on wool gabardine pants! Can you please tell me the best way to get it out? A. Given that the pants are a wool blend, your best bet probably is to take them to a dry cleaners. They have the solvents you would… Read More

Chili Stain

December 30, 2008

Q. I am trying to get a chili stain out of the cuff of a cotton shirt. It has narrow red and green pin stripes on a white background. Unfortunately, I did not notice the stain until about week after it happened. My wife and I have tried scrubbing the… Read More

Holiday Stains, Part 1

December 23, 2008

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! I am taking the next week-plus off, so I wanted to personally express my thanks for your helping to make the Dr. Laundry blog a sought out resource for laundry questions and answers. Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday Season. With all the bad news and hard times,… Read More

Holiday Stains, Part 2

December 23, 2008

Continuing with my Holiday Stain solutions… COFFEE MAY HAVE A GREAT AROMA, BUT COFFEE STAINS HAVE… Extra cream and sugar that make it a complex stain to successfully treat. Do not use bar soap as it may set the stain and make it much more difficult to remove. FROM… Read More

Cheese stain

November 5, 2008

Q. I melted some shredded cheese in a tortilla for a snack. When I started eating it, some of the oil from the cheese oozed out the side of the tortilla and down my cotton (light green) shirt and onto my blue jeans. Do you have any suggestions for how… Read More

Bourbon Spillage in a Car Trunk: Your Questions

September 30, 2008

Q: A bottle of bourbon spilled in the trunk of our car. How can we remove stain and smell? A: I definitely feel your pain! The key is to remove as much liquid as possible ASAP. Some squeegee/chamois cloths are always a great start. Then, remove the interior… Read More

Red Wine Stains on Light Blue Shirt: Your Questions

August 28, 2008

Q: My husband spilled red wine down the front of a pastel blue golf shirt. Unfortunately we didn’t pretreat the stain. The wine stain stayed there for a few hours. Later we tried to pretreat the stain and wash it, but it didn’t work. The stain was still… Read More

Coffee Stains on Sweatsuit While Traveling: Your Questions

August 19, 2008

Q: Recently my husband and I were on our trip-of-a-lifetime to Alaska. While on the bus to the McKinley Express Station the gentleman behind me spilled the dregs of his coffee on my brand new sweatsuit purchased specifically for the 8 hour train ride to Denali National Park. Read More

Your Questions: Tomato Sauce Stains

June 13, 2008

Q: I got tomato sauce on a white rayon blouse. I used Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel on it, and the stain disappeared, but after washing there were yellowed stains where I had used the Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel. After checking your website, I tried Clorox®… Read More

Your Questions: Red Cough Drop in Laundry

June 6, 2008

Q: I have a HUGE problem! I washed a load of whites the other day without checking pockets and went to take the clothes out of the washer when I realized a red cough drop was in a sweatshirt pocket and has basically ruined a whole load of… Read More

Your Questions: Tomato Sauce Stains on Whites

May 13, 2008

Q: I have a white shirt that is 100% cotton with a spaghetti/tomato sauce stain that did not come out after two times in the washing machine. Unfortunately, the shirt sat in the hamper from Wednesday until Saturday before it was washed. When I discovered the stain, before… Read More

Your Questions: Stains on Tablecloths

May 6, 2008

Q: I have a number of old tablecloths that have yellowed and also have coffee stains. What’s your best suggestion?A: I assume the tablecloth is white and bleachable. I suggest you at least wash it in the hottest wash recommended for the item. Prior to the hot water… Read More

‘Tis The Season!

December 5, 2007

For tough holiday stains, that is. From elbow-to-elbow holiday party crowds to home entertaining with family and friends, the bustling activities during the holidays and winter months seem to be magnets for stain mishaps. And, wouldn’t luck have it you stained your favorite shirt. Bah Humbug! Don’t let holiday… Read More

Your Questions: Grease Stains

September 25, 2007

I received this inquiry recently from Robert, who has been dealing with a tough stain!Q: Can a small amount of Lestoil be added directly to a load of greasy restaurant clothing? I know it is used directly on a stain for pre-washing, but can I add a… Read More

Your Questions: Stains on Vinyl

April 11, 2007

Q: I just purchased “nice” vinyl tablecloths (white) hopefully to use more than once. On the first occasion, spaghetti stains refused to be removed! I used all kinds of bleach products with no avail. Any suggestions?A: Wow, first time and a spaghetti stain! That’s too bad. Vinyl surfaces… Read More

Valentine’s Day Stain of the Season: Chocolate

February 13, 2007

It’s hard to ignore the fact that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. The grocery store displays many flowers, heart-shaped candies and other festive decor for loved ones. It seems appropriate to address one of the toughest stains of this season: chocolate.Chocolate is one of my favorites and I… Read More

Super Bowl Stain Tips

February 3, 2007

OK, we’re having our annual Super Bowl party on Sunday. The menu is planned, the RSVPs are in and most of the items are bought and ready to go. What a day! I always look forward to seeing old friends, eating, drinking and yelling our way through 4 quarters of… Read More

Aging Stains: Your Questions

January 23, 2007

I received the following question from Dianne, a reader. Check out my response for handling your own stains:“We’ve got a new puppy in the house and last week she jumped on me as I was sitting down with coffee. Of course the coffee went everywhere, but mostly on my white… Read More

Stain of the Season – Coffee

December 22, 2006

A cup of Joe, cappuccino or soy latte, coffee gets your day started. For lots of folks, it’s not the last one you may have during the day. Whether driving in your car, reading the newspaper at home, or sitting at your desk (as I am now), drinking coffee is… Read More

Stain of the Season – Chocolate

December 20, 2006

Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hot chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate pudding… so many forms but so little time to eat them all. While chocolate something is always a decadent dessert choice for a holiday party or even for an evening at home, it always amazes me how often in ends as… Read More

Stain of the week – Red wine

December 12, 2006

I love a good red wine, but the spills that result from it are tough! From Two Buck Chuck Merlot to Rosenblum Zinfandel to Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, red wines always find a prominent place in my holiday festivities. When spilled or splashed onto a fabric like tablecloth or, even… Read More