Holiday Stain Removal

Adult Woman Doing the Laundry.

Just last week, I had a colleague ask me why we didn’t have any information posted on how to remove tree sap from clothing. This person had gotten tree sap from a Christmas tree on her shirt and needed directions for removing the sap. It seems like a good time for a few stain removal tips for the holiday season.

Tree sap can be removed by spraying or sponging some dry -cleaning solvent (such as Goof Off or Goo Gone) on the stain and then rubbing it with some heavy-duty laundry detergent and scrubbing the stain in hot water.

Candle wax can be removed by spraying or sponging some dry -cleaning solvent (such as Goof Off or Goo Gone) on the stain and then rubbing it with some heavy-duty laundry detergent and scrubbing the stain in hot water. You may be familiar with the technique of ironing a wax stain away. Ironing candle wax between blotting paper drives the stain deeper into the fabric. This process is widely used, but not recommended. It more permanently sets the dye from the candle and makes it difficult for the detergent or solvent to reach the wax portion of the stain

Cranberry sauce stains can be removed by washing with detergent in hot water. Do not use a natural soap.

Wine stains can be removed by washing with detergent in hot water. Do not use a natural soap.

Chocolate stains can be removed by rubbing the stain with a heavy-duty laundry detergent before washing the garment.

Of course, there are many other possibilities for stains this time of year. Remember, when you have a stain problem, AnswerLine is just a phone call away.

Liz Meimann

Liz Meimann

I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Food Science at Iowa State University. I love to quilt, sew, cook, and bake. I spent many years gardening, canning, and preserving food for my family when my children were at home.

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