Thanksgiving seems like one of the most underrated holidays there is. Typically, the holiday of giving thanks is overshadowed by Christmas. In fact, sometimes the day is cut short just so people can begin their quest for gifts for the next holiday. True, it doesn’t have a soundtrack, but there is no stress about gifts, and with thankful hearts we get to stuff our faces.
This food based holiday may be one of the tastiest, but we don’t always end up with all of the food in our mouths. Some of the most delicious meals leave the nastiest stains. To make your day of grace a little more joyful, we’ve made a list of the toughest stains and how to make them disappear like Nana’s homemade pumpkin pie.
Gravy: The combination of grease and protein can make this guy a real disaster. First, you’ll want to rub a small amount of Premier dishwashing liquid on the stain. Next, you’ll want to rinse the soap and stain, then pretreat with Triple Action (in either cherry or fresh, the gravy stain has no preference). Launder the garment in the hottest water allowed and your stain should be a thing of the past. If not, repeat until it’s gone.
Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry, Wine, & Beer: Though you may not think these have too much in common, they’re both going to leave tannin based stains. It’s best to deal with these types of stains quickly. After scraping off the source of the stain, soak the garment in cold water for about a half an hour. Then you’ll want to pretreat the stain with Triple Action before you throw it in the laundry, washing it with the hottest water possible. If the stain is not out after the first round, don’t put the garment in the dryer, simply pre-treat it again and repeat the cycle.
Candle Wax: While not a food based stain, it’s not uncommon on a holiday to light a few candles around the house. If you find yourself with some wax on your clothes, use a dull knife to scrape it off. If the wax is still soft, you can place the garment in the freezer which will help it harden and make it easier to scrape off. Next, place the stained area between clean paper towels and press the cloth with a warm iron. This will help transfer the now warm wax from the cloth to the paper towel. If necessary, switch out the paper towels often, because you do not want to spread the wax. The next thing you’ll want to do is pre-treat your stain with Triple Action and wash it in the hottest water available. Repeat if needed.
This should cover about the worst of it, but when in doubt Triple Action should do the trick. If you find yourself eating similar food during the next round of holidays, keep this list handy. And folks, remember that it is a day of thanks, so please make sure that there is enough stuffing to go around before you polish off the whole bowl.
Enjoy this time with your family and friends, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!