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Holiday Stains, Part 1

By Dr. Laundry 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, it’s especially important that we pause, take a deep breath and celebrate this time with our families and loved ones. Maybe it won’t be as elaborate as in years past, but everyone should be thankful for what we have, the families around us and be hopeful that the future will again provide us with the opportunities to move ahead.

So if there are some stains in your future, in this and the next post I’ve left some tips for dealing with the spills and splatters that come with the season’s eating and partying.

GRAVY IS…
A complex stain with grease, starch and colorant that requires lots of quick attention.

  1. Scrape off excess gravy with a dull knife; blot gently with a paper or cloth towel; cover with cornstarch to help absorb the grease; brush off.

FROM HERE, IF YOUR STAINED ITEM IS WHITE:

  1. Pretreat with a good liquid detergent; rub into the stain; wait 3–5 minutes.
  2. Wash immediately in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach1.

IF YOUR STAINED ITEM HAS COLOR:

  1. Pretreat with a good liquid laundry detergent; rub into the stain; wait 3–5 minutes.
  2. Wash immediately in the warmest water recommended on the care label using detergent and Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster.

Finally, inspect the item. If any stain remains, repeat the steps above prior to drying the item.

CRANBERRY SAUCE and POMEGRANATE JUICE ARE…
Festive fruits, but these stains have an intense color with skins, seeds and sugars to be concerned about.

  1. Rinse the stained area with cold water. Do not use bar soap as it may set the stain.

FROM HERE, IF YOUR STAINED ITEM IS WHITE:

  1. Apply Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel to the stained area for 3–5 minutes immediately before laundering.
  2. Wash in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach1.

IF YOUR STAINED ITEM HAS COLOR:

  1. Then apply Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster; rub into the stain; wait 3–5 minutes.
  2. Wash immediately in the warmest water recommended on the care label using detergent and Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster.

Finally, inspect the item. If any stain remains, repeat steps above prior to drying the item.

CHOCOLATE/HOT CHOCOLATE HAS…
Fine particles, oil and milk proteins can make this a difficult stain to remove.

  1. Pretreat the stain with a good liquid detergent, then soak fabric in cool water and liquid detergent for about 30 minutes to help loosen the protein part of the stain.

FROM HERE, IF YOUR STAINED ITEM IS WHITE:

  1. Rub chocolate stain gently with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel immediately before laundering; wait 3–5 minutes.
  2. Wash immediately in the hottest water recommended on the care label with detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach1.

IF YOUR STAINED ITEM HAS COLOR:

  1. Apply Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster and rub into the stain. Wash immediately in the warmest water recommended on the care label using detergent and Clorox 2.

Finally, inspect the item. If any stain remains, soak and repeat steps above prior to drying the item.

RED WINE’s…
Tannins help make great wines, but really add difficulty to the removal of wine stains.

  1. Quickly blot up excess red wine with a paper towel or cloth. Pour club soda on the back of the stain to help bubble the wine off the fabric; then blot away excess. Do NOT use bar soap, as it may set this stain.

FROM HERE, IF YOUR STAINED ITEM IS WHITE:

  1. Rub stain gently with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel immediately before laundering.
  2. Wash immediately in the hottest water recommended on the care label with detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach1.

IF YOUR STAINED ITEM HAS COLOR:

  1. Apply Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster; rub into the stain; wait 3–5 minutes. Wash immediately in warmest water recommended on the care label using detergent and Clorox 2.

Finally, inspect the item. If any stain remains, repeat the steps above prior to drying item.