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HOLIDAY STAINS – As seen on 3TV/Phoenix – Monday, December 11, 2017 (8:20am)

How to Remove Candle Wax

On table linens: Scrape off what you can with a spoon. Using an ironing board, place several paper towels under the stain and a few on top and press with a warm iron. The paper towels will absorb the wax. Replace the paper towels a few times to avoid transferring stains back to the table linens.

On Hard surfaces: Use your blow dryer to heat the wax. Point the heat at the edge of the wax, heat and then pop gently sift it with a plastic putty knife, old credit card, or plastic pan scrapper.

Wipe with a little olive oil, lemon oil or almond oil to remove residue. This works on wood, plastic, walls, etc.

How to Remove Tree Sap From Fabric

With a cloth, dab Guardsman dry-cleaning fluid onto the stain; let dry. Then immerse the stain for 30 minutes in 1 cup bleach-free liquid laundry detergent with a dash of ammonia. Wash in the warmest water safe for the fabric.

How to Remove Red or White Wine From Fabric

For red wine stains, first dab with white wine (you read that right) and let it sit for 1 minute. Then, for both red and white wine stains, immerse in cool water for 30 minutes.

For difficult stains, blot on a solution of ½ cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon ammonia. Let stand for 2 to 3 hours and launder as usual. On carpet, blot first with a damp cloth and then blot well with a pad of paper towels to absorb all the moisture.

How to Remove Gravy, Butter, or Salad Dressing On Fabric

If the stain is still wet, pretreat and launder in warm water right away.

If the OOPS happened during dinner on table linen, simply cover the problem with baking soda or cornstarch to absorb. Prior to laundering, treat with my Miracle Spotter. Combine two parts hydrogen peroxide and 1 part DAWN Ultra dish soap. Spritz on spot and work it in, let sit 30 minutes, launder as usual. You can use this spotter on ALL laundry stains.

How to Remove Cranberry Sauce or Apple Cider From Fabric

Flush stain with cool water. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent with one quart of cool water. Soak in this solution for 15 minutes. Rinse with water. If the stain remains, sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol and rinse thoroughly. Launder, using chlorine bleach, if safe for the fabric, otherwise use non-chlorine bleach.

Lipstick Marks

You’re kissing everyone hello and then OOPS! Place clothing, stain-side down, on top of paper towels. Pour rubbing alcohol onto a clean white cloth, then dab and blot the back of the affected area until the stain comes through the material. Blot until the lipstick is gone.

After guests go: If any of the stain remains, use a prewash spray or stick, or rub liquid laundry detergent into the area, then wash. Check the stain before putting the garment in the dryer (heat may set the stain); repeat if necessary.