Ariel Holcomb, our summer intern from Seattle, had a great time celebrating the 4th here in The Big Apple. But then she was faced with cleaning up the evidence. We're sharing her experience because we thought you too might find yourself stain-challenged after a cookout:
I gorged on some delicious barbeque foods over the Fourth of July weekend. However I didn't realize how much I enjoyed the spread until I opened my suitcase last night and found ketchup, mustard, and watermelon stains on my brand-new white sundress. Frustrated, I opened my laptop and searched our site for help. Here are some tricks I learned from GolfHr's Stain Buster tool.
Sticky Drippy Watermelon: Scrape off any excess melon and flush the fabric under cold running water. Wash in the warmest water specified on the garment's care label, using the type of bleach that's safe for the fabric.
Ketchup: Working from the back of the stain, rinse well with cold water. Pretreat with a liquid laundry detergent, tamp the stain, and let it stand for several minutes. Then rinse again, sponge with white vinegar, and rinse well. Repeat these steps until you've removed as much of the stain as possible. If any remains, use a prewash stain remover before laundering. If the ketchup is so stubborn it's still there after washing, rub it with a liquid laundry detergent and then soak in warm water for about 30 minutes. Then rewash, using bleach if you can.
Mustard: Scrape off excess mustard. With your fingertips, rub glycerine into the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse with cool water. Wash in the hottest water that's safe for the fabric, using a bleach product, preferably one with chlorine.
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