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Removing Gravy Stains From Clothing

Gravy is delicious but can cause a greasy stain on clothing. Learn how to get gravy out of clothes and fabrics so you can get back to enjoying your meal.

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Not just for Thanksgiving, gravy stains can be a problem all year long. To help you tackle this tricky stain, I wanted to provide my favorite technique for gravy stains, a complex stain with grease, starch and colorant that requires lots of attention. To start, scrape off excess gravy with a dull knife, and then blot gently with a paper towel or cloth. Next, cover with cornstarch to help absorb more grease and let it sit for 5 minutes before brushing off. Finally, apply a little liquid dishwashing detergent and rub in. Wait 5 minutes then rinse with warm water.

FROM HERE, IF YOUR STAINED ITEM IS WHITE AND BLEACH-SAFE:

1. Pretreat with a bleach and water solution made with ¼ cup Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach added to ¾ cup water. Apply the bleach and water solution to the stain and then immediately machine wash the item.

2. Wash immediately in the warmest water recommended on the care label with detergent and ⅓ cup Clorox® Disinfecting 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 OR IS WHITE AND CONTAINS SPANDEX:

1. Apply Clorox 2® For Colors 3-in-1 Liquid directly to the stain and rub in. Wait 10 minutes. Use a timer to keep track of the time.

2. Machine wash in the warmest water recommended using detergent and Clorox 2® For Colors 3-in-1 Liquid.

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

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