How to Beat Butter Stains and Other Cooking Splats

You name it, I’ve had it spilled or splattered on me in the kitchen. I guess that makes me an expert on stain removal. Next time you think that your favorite shirt is ruined, try these stain-busting tips:

Butter Stains: Turn clothing inside out and dot the stain with a degreasing dishwashing soap.  Next, take a soft, wet toothbrush and gently scrub the stain. (I keep a toothbrush under the kitchen sink for just such a purpose.) Turn the clothing right side out, add another bit of dishwashing liquid and scrub again. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and allow to air dry.

Shortening/Grease Splatters: Dot the stains with degreasing dishwashing soap and scrub with a soft, wet toothbrush. Next, fill a sink with warm water and more dishwashing liquid. Allow the clothing to soak in the water for 15-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water and allow to air dry. If any stains remain, repeat.

Vanilla Stains: Treat a vanilla stain sooner rather than later! My favorite treatment for vanilla stains is an OxiClean solution. Wet the stain thoroughly with the solution and allow it to sit for about one minute before blotting the stain with a clean towel. Then, launder the clothing as usual.

Chocolate Stains: Rinse the stain with hot water first, then dab on dishwashing soap and scrub gently with a soft toothbrush in a motion that sweeps the stain up and out instead of grinding it in. Rinse with hot water and repeat if necessary.

Berry Stains: Place a clean white towel beneath the stain, then treat the area thoroughly with an OxiClean solution. Allow it to sit for one minute, then blot the stain with another clean towel. Repeat, if necessary, then launder the clothing as usual.

Tomato Stains: These are some of the toughest stains, so treat them sooner rather than later. Start by soaking the area with an OxiClean solution, allow it to sit for one minute, then blot it with a clean white towel. If stain persists, boil some water in a tea kettle. Stretch the clothing over a colander and secure it with a rubber band, trying to have the stained area in the middle. Once the water is boiling, pour it from about three feet above directly onto the stain. The force of the gravity is key, it helps to knock the stain out of the fibers!

HINT: Once stains go through a cycle in the dryer, they are usually set permanently. Try to hand-treat your stains before putting them through the wash.

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