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St. Patrick’s Day Tips

By Dr. Laundry 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 in my post today some tips for removing common St. Patrick’s Day stains.

“Green Beer” and other colorful and flavorful adult beverages are always part of the celebration.

If you spill it or someone spills it on you, the following are proper steps to help remove these stains:

  • A cool water rinse from the back will help remove some of the evidence and make the stain easier to pretreat when you get home.
  • Pretreat before washing:
  • Wash in the warmest water recommended on the fabric care label using detergent and the recommended amount of:
  • Check for success before drying. Retreat item if needed.

There are always greasy spots that can result from your favorite eat-out foods like corned beef, buffalo wings, meatballs and other fried fare.

Here are the steps to successful removal:

  • NEVER rinse with water after discovering the spot. Gently blot away any excess.
  • As soon as possible after you get home, pretreat the spot(s) with liquid laundry or dishwashing detergent (rub it in and wait 3–5 minutes).
  • Wash in the hottest water recommended on the fabric care label using detergent and the recommended amount of:
  • Check for success before drying. Retreat item if needed.

Hope it’s a good one, and you find a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow.