Fun little fact about me: I'm a total slob - always have been.My husband laughs at me because whenever I wear white I always come home stained.Can't help it.Have you ever had a stain and wished you had a stain removal expert on speed dial?Well,now you can.I just received a cute email from Cotton Incorporated's resident stain guru,Norma Keyes,who gave me the heads up on stain-free living this holiday season - if you have any other questions,just clickhere.
Here are some of her best tips:
CANDLE WAX- If the wax is still soft,freeze to harden,and then scrape off excess wax.Sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solution.Place stain between clean paper towels and press with a warm iron to transfer the wax to the paper towels.Replace the paper towels frequently to absorb more wax and prevent transferring the stain to other places on the fabric.Pre-treat the stain with a pre-wash stain remover.Launder.If any color remains,rewash using chlorine bleach,if safe for the fabric,or oxygen bleach.
EGGNOG- Pre-treat or soak for at least 30 minutes,using an enzyme laundry product.If the stain is old,soak for several hours.Launder using an enzyme laundry detergent.
GRAVY- Pre-treat the stain with a pre-wash stain remover.Wash the garment,using the warmest water that is safe for the fabric.
PINE RESIN(from Christmas trees) - Sponge the stain(s) with acetone (using caution) and air-dry.Then,soak the garment for at least 30 minutes in a mixture of one cup of liquid laundry detergent and a few drops of ammonia (using caution).Rinse the garment and wash as you normally would.
SWEET POTATOES- Scrape off excess.Flush under cold running water to loosen the stain.Pre-treat the garment with a pre-wash stain remover.Wash using the warmest temperature water and bleach that is safe for the fabric.
WINE- Sponge the spot with cool water or soak for about 30 minutes in a basin of cool water.Pre-treat the stain with a pre-wash stain remover.Launder garments as you usually would.Then,if it?��s safe for the fabric,add chlorine bleach to the wash.
SOOT- Pre-treat the stain with a pre-wash stain remover.Wash the garment using the warmest temperature water and bleach that's safest for the item.If the stain remains,sponge with rubbing alcohol and wash the garment again.
COOKING OIL- Begin by using a pre-treater product.Next,apply a clear liquid laundry detergent to the stain using your fingertip or a soft scrub brush.Rinse the fabric and then re-inspect the stain.If the stain persists,repeat the steps again.Let the fabric air dry before washing to observe whether the stain has been satisfactorily removed.It's a good idea to not put the item of clothing in the dryer if oil stains remain.Once the oil is exposed to dryer heat,the spots will likely become permanent stains.
COFFEE- Begin by sponging the stain with cold water and pre-treat with a stain remover product.Next,create a soak solution (1/2 the amount of liquid detergent for a full load,per gallon of water).Soak the item for 30 minutes.Following the soak,wash the item in warm water with a detergent and air dry.Repeat if necessary.