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‘Tis The Season!

By Dr. Laundry 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 spills and stains turn you into a Grinch this holiday season. I have provided solutions for treating some of the most common holiday stains like red wine and eggnog on my holiday hotline. I am also happy to entertain your questions here; just submit your question as a comment. My toll-free Holiday Stain Hotline is 1-877-STAIN-411 (1-877-782-4641).


Here are a couple examples from my Holiday Stain Hotline.


Red wine


Tannins help make great red wines, but really add difficulty to their removal. Quickly blot up excess red wine with a paper towel or cloth. Now use Club Soda to help bubble the wine off the fabric (pour on from back of the stain); blot away excess. If possible, wash any remaining stain before it has a chance to set/dry.

If your stained item is white, wet the stain with cool water then rub stain gently with Clorox® Bleach Pen™ Gel and let set for 3-5 minutes. Then wash immediately in hot water with detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach. Always inspect the item after washing. If the stain remains, repeat the steps above prior to drying.

If your stained item has color, wet the stain with cool water, then apply Liquid Clorox2® for Colors and rub into stain. Let it set 3-5 minutes immediately before washing, but do not allow it to dry. Wash immediately in warmest water recommended on the care label using detergent and the recommended amount of Liquid Clorox2® for Colors. Inspect the item. If stain remains, repeat steps above prior to drying item.

Eggnog


This has lots of dairy products, eggs and sugars that make eggnog stains complex to get out. First, blot away the excess. Submerge and pre-soak the item in cold water and good liquid detergent for about 30 minutes to help soften and loosen the stain. Eggnog is a protein based stain and hot water will “cook” the stain into the fabric fibers.

If your stained item is white, wash immediately in warm water using detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach. Always inspect the item after washing. If the stain remains, repeat the steps above prior to drying.

If your stained item has color, apply Liquid Clorox2® for Colors and rub into stain. Wash immediately in warm water using detergent and Clorox2® for Colors. Always inspect the item after washing. If the stain remains, repeat the steps above prior to drying.