Spring/Summer Stain Survival Guide

It’s happened to the best of us. You wear an am-ah-zing new outfit to dinner and one sip later – red wine everywhere. Or, in my case, one bite later and you’re wearing that delish dessert.

Spring and summer can seem like the season of stains, but we’ve got you covered. Think of the tips below as your foolproof guide to getting rid of filth.

GRASS: Caked in mud and dirt are total downers. To lift them out of your threads, pre-treatment products are key. Spritz, let the solution soak, then gently scrub the stain with a toothbrush.

CONDIMENTS: You bite into a hamburger at a family BBQ, and suddenly polka dots of ketchup and BBQ sauce are on your sundress. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to make these stain disappear. Take your magic pre-wash solution and put it to work. Saturate the stain and then launder as usual in the hottest temperature possible. Voila! Clean clothes.

ICE CREAM: Cool water is key when it comes to this frozen treat. Soak your garment it frigid H20, and it will often lift the sweet stain right out. Next, wash with an enzyme detergent to help break down any food proteins. (Try: Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean)

POPSICLES: Color safe bleach can suck that stain right out! You may also want to consider using a bleach/stain pen. Just be sure to read the product’s label. (Try: Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover)

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BLOOD STAINS: One minute you’re traipsing around town in 5-inch heels, the next you’re on the sidewalk with a scraped knee and blood on your dress. Don’t shed a single tear! Instead, use hydrogen peroxide to get the red out.

SUNSCREEN AND CALAMINE LOTION: These stains are a total drip, but all it takes is a simple home remedy to send them packing: use a mixture of half dishwashing liquid and half glycerin. You can scoop up both at any drugstore.

GREASE STAINS: In my opinion, these are the absolute worst! Before you start scrubbing, remember – don’t use water! It can cause that stain to set. Instead, put the garment face down on a layer of clean paper towels, then put a cleaning fluid solution on the back of the fabric. You can find them at any local hardware store. (Try: K2R Spot Remover)

DEODORANT STAINS: Deodorant is meant to stop sweat, but streaks of the white stuff on your clothes can be just as embarrassing. How many times have you danced around the room in an effort to slip into your clothes streak free? (Something Secret Deodorant has aptly dubbed the Deo-Dance!)

If you spot a fresh deodorant streak, try this simple trick: roll up a pair of pantyhose in a ball and use it like a cloth. The nylon fibers will send that stain packing.  Baby wipes will also do the trick, so store a travel size pack in your purse, along with your stain-removing pen. Or, use a clear gel deodorant that will help you avoid white marks in the first place. (Try: Secret Outlast Clear Gel Antiperspirant/Deodorant)

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