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Treating a gravy stain

By Dr. Laundry 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, starch and colorant that requires lots of attention. To start. scrape off excess gravy with a dull knife; blot gently with a paper towel or cloth; cover with cornstarch to help absorb the grease; brush off. Blot with cold water and liquid dish detergent then rinse.

FROM HERE, IF YOUR STAINED ITEM IS WHITE:


  1. Rub any residual stain gently with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel prior to laundering

  2. Wash immediately in the hottest water recommended using detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach

  3. Air dry the item and check to make sure the stain is completely removed. If stain remains, repeat steps above.


IF YOUR STAINED ITEM HAS COLOR:

  1. Again, start by scraping off excess gravy with a dull knife; blot gently with a paper towel or cloth; sprinkle with cornstarch to help absorb excess grease, then brush the cornstarch off

  2. Next apply liquid dish detergent to the stain, and then rinse

  3. Then apply good liquid laundry detergent and rub into stain.  Wash immediately in hottest water recommended using detergent and Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster

  4. Air dry the item and check to make sure the stain is completely removed. If stain remains, repeat steps above.