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Snuggles out the windowBy SALLY COWAN

Have you ever noticed that the harder you try not to spill something on your shirt/blouse, the more likely you are to do it. If the shirt is white, it is almost a guarantee.  The sooner you get the stain out, the more likely you are to get rid of it. Remember to dab the stain, do not rub the stain. But having said all of this, there is more to this story.

Here are some solutions for the most common stains:

  1. Coffee:  pre-treat with a cold water rinse then apply Clorox Bleach Pen.
  2. Grass: Presoak in a powder detergent then apply the pen.
  3. Juice: pre-treat with a cold water rinse and apply the pen.
  4. Salad dressing: apply dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent.
  5. Ketchup: pre-treat with the Clorox Bleach Pen and then launder
  6. Butter: pre-treat with cornstarch, then dishwashing liquid.
  7. Burger drips: apply dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent.
  8. Red wine: start with a club soda rinse.
  9. Mud and dirt: presoak using a powder detergent.
  10. Armpit: pre-treat with boiling water, then equal parts of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and water, rinse, then detergent pre-soak.
  11. Lipstick: apply dishwashing liquid.

Check the stain before you put the garment in the dryer. If the stain is still there after washing it, then go through the process again. When you take clothes out of the washer, give them a little shake before putting them in the dryer. Don’t leave clothes in the dryer very long, but rather take the out and hang them up and let the wrinkles fall away.

Always remember to clean out the lint trap before each and every use of the dryer.  By the way, never mix dry laundry products with liquid laundry products in the washer.

Let’s clean up America.


About Sally Cowan (51 Articles)
After Keeping You in Stitches for over 45 years, Sally enjoys her memories of events that happened on her way to retirement. Author of 6 books, lectures, teaching, and TV host on PBS and now has time for her many cats and Snuggles, the dog. She also loves playing trumpet in the Anastasia Baptist Church orchestra.

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