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Get rid of food stains for good.

Everyone loves tasty food. Food brings us joy and is a lot of fun to eat. But when food spills onto our clothing, it can leave stains and ruin a good day. When left untouched, a food stain can permanently damage clothing and make clothes unusable.

Of course, the best way to keep your clothes stain-free is to avoid spilling food on yourself in the first place. But as many of you may know, doing so is easier said than done. So, the next best thing you can do is learn how to deal with stains from all sorts of food. Read more to learn how.

Tomato Sauce

Tomato-based stains are some of the most challenging types of stains to get rid of. To remove a tomato sauce stain from your clothes, scrape any solid chunks using a cloth. Then, soak the stain in chilly water for five minutes. Next, scrub the stained area gently using a toothbrush with laundry detergent. Finally, leave the article of clothing to air dry.

If tomato sauce stained a carpet and not your clothing, you’re going to need to approach the stain differently. First, combine water with dish detergent. With a towel soaked in the solution, dab and blot the stain.

Tea or Coffee

Spilling coffee or tea on your shirt doesn’t sound as catastrophic as spilling ketchup or mustard. But once a coffee or tea stain sets, it can be not easy to get rid of. So, you’ll need to act fast.

Here are some measures you can take to salvage your clothes from potentially permanent damage:

  • Rinse fresh coffee stains in hot water. If the stain still hasn’t set, using hot water is a quick and effective way to get tea or coffee out of color-fast, heat-tolerant fabrics. If the stain is a bit older, soak the clothing piece in dishwashing liquid or apply a commercial spot remover.
  • If the stain has set and dry, use borax. Borax is an oxidizing agent that breaks the links that keep stains on the fabric. Start by mixing a couple of tablespoons of borax into a cup of water. Then, pour the solution onto the stain. Allow the solution to set for ten minutes and then rinse with water.

Red Wine

Red wine stains are challenging to remove. If you spilled red wine on shirts and other linens, start by soaking up the excess wine by dabbing using a clean cloth. Then, place the stained fabric over a bowl. Cover the stain with salt and pour boiling water over the fabric into the bowl. Finally, wash the fabric on the warmest setting your machine has.

Peanut Butter

To get rid of a peanut butter stain on your clothes, remove the excess and treat the affected area with a prewash stain remover. Then, wash your clothing with the warmest setting your washing machine has.

If the peanut butter has plopped onto your carpet, you can use nail polish remover to get rid of it. Using an eyedropper, apply a little to a hidden area of your carpet. Doing so allows you to make sure the nail polish remover won’t damage your carpet. If everything looks good, sponge the stain using a cloth dipped in nail polish remover.

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