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Green Laundry? Remove St. Patrick's Day Stains

The Luck of the Irish in Stain Removal


How to remove green stains and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with no regrets! You'll have the luck of the Irish with these tips on removing the wee (or not so wee) stains of the day.

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Green Beer

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Soak or sponge the beer stain in cool water. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. Launder colored fabrics as usual adding an oxygen bleach. If the fabric is white or bleachable, use chlorine bleach.

Green Face Make-up

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If make-up is oil- or wax-based, remove excess with the back of a spoon. For washable fabrics, sponge the remaining stain with a pre-wash stain remover. Wash in the hottest water that's safe for the fabric.

Green Food Coloring

For washable clothes, sponge the stain promptly with cool water. If the stain remains, soak in cool water for at least 30 minutes. After soaking, pre-treat with a pre-wash stain remover or liquid laundry detergent, and then launder. If clothing is dry-clean only, be sure to point out the stain to the cleaner.

Green Crayons

Using a dull knife, scrape off the surface wax. Place the stain between paper towels and press with a warm iron. Change the paper towels frequently until no more wax is absorbed. Place the stain face down on clean paper towels or a white cloth. Sponge the remaining stain with a prewash stain remover or a cleaning fluid formulated to remove wax stains. Blot with paper towels and allow to dry. Launder as usual.

Green Glow Sticks

Glow sticks and jewelry as so much fun until the next morning after one has leaked on your clothes. Learn how to remove the stains!

Water-based Green Markers

For water-based markers on washable fabrics, place the stain face down on clean white paper towels. Starting at the outside of the stain, sponge denatured alcohol into the stain. Continue sponging the stain with alcohol, frequently changing the paper towels underneath, transferring as much ink as possible to the paper towels. Rinse thoroughly and then launder in the hottest water that's safe for the fabric. Try the same technique for permanent markers but be aware that the stain may be permanent.
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