Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tricks for Removing Common Cookout Stains: Saturday's Show

Removing Stubborn Cookout Stains:
This morning I mentioned a couple of tips on how to remove some of the more common, yet sometimes stubborn cookout stains.  I found these tips this week, and I thought I'd pass them along just in time for your holiday cookouts... just in case.

1) Mustard: Stains from this condiment are particularly challenging to remove, but scraping most of the excess off will make the chore less daunting. Immediately, flush the splatter with cold water. As soon as you can, apply a prewash stain remover and wash in warm to hot water.
2) BBQ Sauce: Place a layer of paper towels over the stain. Working from the inside of the fabric, flush with cold water to transfer some of the barbecue sauce to the towel. Later, pretreat with liquid laundry detergent to break up the stain. Let sit for several minutes, then rinse well. Sponge the stain with white vinegar and rinse again. Pretreat again and wash. Also works for ketchup spills.
3) Buttered Corn: Sprinkle sugar on the stain and pat it in to absorb the grease. Let it sit for a few minutes, then brush off. When you get home, treat the area with a stain remover, like OxiClean Max Force, and wash in the hottest water possible. Use this approach for any mayonnaise-laced foods, like potato salad or coleslaw.
4) Iced Tea: The good news is that iced tea won't set into the fabric as quickly as hot tea. Simply take an ice cube and rub it over the stain. Then pat the area with dry paper napkins.
5) Watermelon: This juicy summer favorite is one of the easiest stains to remove, as it's mostly made of water. At the first sight of pink, soak up as much of the juice as you can with a dry paper towel. Then with a wet paper towel, blot at the stain.

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