Gravy, cranberry sauce, pie and wine, oh my! Here’s how to get out those pesky stains on your clothes from your Thanksgiving Day feast fast and when you are away from home.
Gravy or Butter
Use salt, flour, cornstarch, or talcum powder on any fresh stains and let it sit 30 minutes to absorb the greasy material and to keep it from absorbing further into the fabric. Shake off the excess material and then dab with dish soap and run the stain under hot water.
Use salt to absorb the wine. Shake off salt and flush the stain with cold water and dab on dish soap or baring that, club soda.
Flush with water or use a damp cloth or sponge and treat with a stain stick or good ole’ dish soap.
Isopropyl alcohol can also be used to treat a cranberry-sauce stain, according to this article on DeadSpin; put a small amount on a clean cloth or paper towel and dab at the stain.
Pumpkin pie or sweet potato
Scrape excess pie or sweet potato off with butter knife and run under cold water. Apply a bit of dish soap to the stain and rub the stained area against another part of the fabric.
Stain removal help general tips
- Treat any stain as quickly as possible.
- Always check the clothing care tag for recommended washing temperatures and claning suggestions
- Apply any stain cleaning solutions to the back of a stain
After the stained clothing items comes out of the wash, allow the garment to air dry and check it before putting it in the dryer. Otherwise, you might set the stain.
If you do find a stain lingering, there is a product out there called De-Solv-it Plus! which is a cleaning product designed to remove tough stains from clothing, even after they have been through the dryer.
Get more cleaning tips based on fabric type at the Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science.