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Thanksgiving Day Stain Removal Guide

Keep this guide handy for those little mishaps on the big day. Whether your cloth napkins take a beating, something drips on your clothes, or spills on your table cloth, this stain removal guide can help get your items clean again.

Items you will need:
· Oxygen-Based Detergent
· Hydrogen Peroxide
· Baking Soda
· Salt
· Running Water
· Boiling Water
· Liquid Laundry Detergent
· Heavy-Duty Laundry Detergent
· Liquid Hand Soap
· Liquid Dish Soap
· Laundry Stain Remover
· Bowl

Gravy Stain

First, carefully blot up the excess gravy with a paper towel. Mix 2 tablespoons of oxygen-based detergent with ½ cup water. Soak the stained area in the detergent for 25 to 30 minutes. Rinse the item with running water. Repeat this if necessary, or launder as usual.

Butter Stain

Blot or scrape the excess butter off the item. Use a small amount of liquid hand soap and rub it into the stain. Rinse the stained area with running water. Pretreat the stain with laundry stain remover. Repeat if required or launder item as usual.

Red Wine Stain

Stretch the fabric taut over a bowl. Center the stain above the bowl and sprinkle with salt. Let the salt sit on the stain for 5 minutes (the sooner you do this after the stain occurs the better chance you will have at removing the stain.) Boil water and pour over the stain, from at least 8 inches away. Launder in the hottest water setting (provided your item isn’t delicate clothing that will shrink) and line dry. Do not put the item in the dryer until the stain is completely removed.

Cranberry Sauce Stain

Blot the area with a clean paper towel and remove as much of the juice as possible. If the stain is small a bit of elbow grease and cold water may remove the stain if you catch it in time. Otherwise, flush the area with cool water. Mix ½ teaspoon of liquid detergent, 1 table spoon of vinegar, and 1 quart of water and soak the item in this solution for 15 minutes. Rinse with water. If the stain remains, blot the stain with rubbing alcohol and rinse. Launder the item using bleach if possible.

Pumpkin Pie Stain

Scrape excess pumpkin off of the area with a dull knife. Using a solution of 2 cups cool water and 1 tablespoon of dishsoap. Apply this solution to the stained area with a sponge or cloth and blot. Flush the area with cool water. Repeat if necessary. Launder the item in the hottest temperature the item will allow.

A few extra quick tips:

  • After using the removal tips above, you can always put a bit of laundry stain removal onto the area prior to washing.

  • NEVER put the item into a dryer if the stain is still present. The heat from the dryer will set the stain and it will not come out!

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