Wedding bells can mean wedding spills.
Whether it’s your special day, you’re in the bridal party, or you somehow scored an invite from your most distant relative, we’ve got you covered — just not in stains.
1. The Swiller and Spiller:
Cheers to the happy couple! If your glass runneth over with champagne, blot the spillage with a wet cloth napkin. Red wine spill? Start by blotting the stain with a clean cloth. Then, head back to the bar — pour club soda on the stain from back to front and blot again. Pre-treat the stain with a Clorox 2® Stain Remover Pen, then wash on the hottest recommended setting when you get home. Add ½ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 to whites, ½ cup Clorox Smart Seek™ Bleach to whites with color, Clorox® Stain Remover & Color Booster to colors.
2. The Kiss of Death:
Lipstick stains don’t have to mean kissing your clothes goodbye. Place a clean dry cloth on the stain. With a damp cloth, dab (don’t rub) the back of the stain with dish soap. Wash on the hottest recommended setting with your favorite detergent.
3. The "Hot in Here":
Tearing it up on the dance floor? Your outfit is bound to take some heat. In the case of sweat stains, use hot water and at least the recommended amount of detergent. You will want to add ½ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 to help finish the process, should your outfit be white bleach-friendly. Also be sure to wash as soon as possible to prevent buildup of body oils, which can cause permanent yellowish stains.
4. Kicking Grass:
Outdoor weddings can be beautiful, but the stains they leave behind — not so much. Should you get a grass stain on a white dress shirt, triage the stain with a Clorox® Bleach Pen. If a colored item falls victim to grass, use a Clorox 2® Stain Remover Pen.
5. The Flower Girl Twirl:
Beautiful bouquets are among the best parts of weddings. Roses and lilies may be nice, but pollen and clothes don’t mix. Get as much of the pollen off the fabric before you apply any water or laundry product — start by brushing or shaking away as much pollen as you can. You can also gently press a little cellophane tape to the pollen and lift it away. It’s sticky, so any pollen that remains will benefit from being pretreated before you wash it.
Air dry the item and check to see if the stain is all the way out. If your item is labeled “Dry Clean Only” then be sure to point the stains out to the dry cleaner, so it can be properly pretreated before washing.
6. The Emotional Bridesmaid:
Make-up stains are an unfortunate hallmark of wedding season. To remove face makeup from fabric, first scrape away excess from the fabric — this will lessen the size of the stain that you need to treat. If you choose to triage the stain while still at the wedding, pre-treat with dish soap. When you get home, pre-treat again, working a little dish soap or detergent from the outside in to loosen the oils before washing, then wash on the hottest recommended setting with detergent and Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 for whites. Before drying, carefully check for residual stains, drying will set the stain further. Repeat the process if any stain is left over.
7. The Cake Smasher:
No proper celebration is complete without cake — especially not a wedding! Should the cake end up on your ensemble, act quickly. Frosting usually contains butter and/or shortening — so don’t rinse the stain first before treating it. Instead, start by gently scraping away as much stain as you can (plastic knives work well for this). Next, pre-treat with liquid dish soap or liquid laundry detergent to break down the butter and oil. Just apply a little directly to the stain and rub in. Wait 3–5 minutes and then rinse in warm water before you launder the item with Clorox® Stain Remover & Color Booster.