Don’t let holiday fixins ruin your perfectly sensible cardigan. Truman’s has the tricks of the trade for removing stains. (The same can’t be said for removing unwanted in-laws.)
Feelin Sauce’d: When Aunt Martha’s famous cranberry sauce migrates from your plate to your shirt, don’t panic. White vinegar and rubbing alcohol will take care of it faster than scarfed down those yams.
Busted Butter: Butter can be the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving meal. Seriously, who’s heard of a Thanksgiving without butter? But, melted butter can get drippy.
The key to dealing with butter stains is to treat them quickly, and to remove the grease as soon as you can. Use a quick spray of Everything and the Kitchen sink, or dish soap, rub it into the stain, and then rinse it all away at the same time.
Squash Your Hands: Dealing with the residue from butternut squash? Soak your hands in warm soapy water for at least 5 minutes, then put them back to use as eggnog holders.
Pumpkin Tie: If you ended up with some of your favorite pie on your favorite tie, don’t stress. Scrape off excess, treat with cold water and your stain remover, then wash on hot with Get a Load of This. Repeat until the stain is gone or your appetite for pumpkin pie has subsided.
Holiday Spirit: Spilled that red, red wine on your reindeer onesie? Use hydrogen peroxide and dish soap to treat the stain.
Dressing Disaster: Most salad dressing stains are oil-based, meaning you’ll need to add a little baking soda for absorption. First, remove what you can and then pre-treat with stain remover. Then add a bit of baking soda over your pre-treatment to help draw out additional oil. Then just launder as normal.
Visions of Sugar Crumbs: Chocolate stains are like getting a lump of coal: You’re not sure what to do with it, and now everyone knows you’ve been bad. Fortunately you can get rid of the evidence with dish soap and warm water!
When in doubt, Scotch Guard it out. The best way to treat stains is to prevent them. Make sure to spray down heavily trafficked areas like rugs, couches, and table linens with Scotch Guard to make cleaning up spills that much easier.