Easter is a festive holiday that involves egg dying, ample chocolate consumption, and fancy clothing for many kids. And, sticky fingers and melting candy can lead to clothing stains so now it's time to try and salvage your tot's Sunday best! Here are some tips to combating common stains.
- Chocolate: Warm hands and chocolate rabbits can lead to smudges and smears on dresses and slacks. Try this method of removing the delicious treat from clothing. Allow the chocolate to harden, you can even put the apparel in the fridge to speed up the process then use a butter knife to scrape off the excess. Then run hot water on the back of the stain to push it out of the fabric and continue this until it is no longer making a difference. Next, saturate the stain with dish soap and let it sit for ten minutes. Saturate the remaining chocolate stain with household dish detergent and let it sit for ten minutes before rinsing it again with hot water. As a last resort, you can put the item in the washer with a gallon of whole milk for half an hour before allowing it to rinse in the regular cycle.
- Egg: If your kiddo slopped some of their scrambled, poached or hard-boiled egg on them, try this method of removal. Use a butter knife to scrape the residue off the affected area. Then take an absorbent cloth to soak up any excess and dab the front and back of the stained material with cold water. Next, take a dab of laundry detergent and rub the fabric between your fingers while rinsing. Repeat until the entire stain has lifted.
- Egg Dye: If your tot's hands ended up with more color than their Easter eggs, try mixing sugar and vegetable oil into a hand scrub and massage into the affected area before rinsing with soap and water.
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- Grass: If your child went hunting for eggs, chances are they came home with a basket full of goodies and some gritty grass stains. Here's a that may help! Pretreat the grass stain with warm water and vinegar. Then, rub the mixture directly into the stain and launder.
- Grease: Bacon, sausage and other greasy brunch items may be finger licking good, but they also set in clothing. One way to get the tough stain out is with the hottest water you can run and a dish soap known for cutting grease.
- Orange Juice/Mimosa: If your youngster splashed some OJ or mommy's tipped her mimosa, it's time to try out this nifty tip. Soak clothing in a solution of one quart warm water, half of a teaspoon of laundry detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar for 15 minutes. Then rinse in water and launder.