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Holiday Stains, Part 2

By Dr. Laundry 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.

  1. Do not use bar soap as it may set the stain and make it much more difficult to remove.

FROM HERE, IF YOUR STAINED ITEM IS WHITE:

  1. Pre-soak the item in a solution of ¼ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 per gallon of cold water. Submerge the garment and soak for 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. 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 the item.

PUMPKIN PIE IS A HOLIDAY FAVORITE, BUT THIS STAIN HAS…
Lots of dairy products and sugars, which complicate the removal process.

  1. Fresh stain should be quickly rinsed and soaked in cool water with a good liquid detergent for at least 30 minutes.

FROM HERE, IF YOUR STAINED ITEM IS WHITE:

  1. Afterward, 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. Apply Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster; rub into the stain; wait 3–5 minutes. Wash immediately in the 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 the item.

EGGNOG HAS…
Lots of dairy products, eggs and sugars, which makes eggnog stains complex to get out.

  1. Blot away excess. Submerge and pre-soak the item in cool water using a good liquid detergent for about 30 minutes to help soften and loosen the stain. Eggnog is a protein-based stain, and using hot water will “cook” the stain into the fabric fibers.

FROM HERE, IF YOUR STAINED ITEM IS WHITE:

  1. 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. 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 the item.

SOUP MAY PROVIDE…
Comfort on cold days, but it can be a really difficult stain to get out.

  1. Blot off excess, and pre-treat quickly with a good liquid detergent; rub into the stain; wait 3–5 minutes.

FROM HERE, IF YOUR STAINED ITEM IS WHITE:

  1. 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. Apply Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster and rub into 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, repeat the steps above prior to drying the item.

LIPSTICK MAY…
Make you look good, but get it on your clothes and that’s when the real fun begins.

  1. Lipstick is a combination stain of an oil and dye. Treat the oil portion of the stain first.
  2. Pre-treat the stain with liquid dish washing detergent on a damp cloth. From the back of the item, push the liquid through the stain to help separate it from the fabric. Remember to dab, not rub, as rubbing can force the stain into the fibers.
  3. While pushing the stain from the back of the fabric, put a dry cloth under the front of the item and continue to blot the lipstick away from the fabric. Keep changing to a clean part of dry towel to prevent re-staining the item.

FROM HERE, IF YOUR STAINED ITEM IS WHITE:

  1. Wash immediately after in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach1.

IF YOUR STAINED ITEM HAS COLOR:

  1. Apply Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster and rub into 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, repeat the steps above prior to drying the item.