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Boiling Water Streams and Berry Stains

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By Terre

My Laundry Question

Is there any benefit to the wives tale of pouring boiling water directly onto berry-stained garment that is stretched over a bowl or pan?

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Blackberry pie - eating the last piece quickly before his brother came in- I read the trick in a Trixie Belden book 40 years ago but it does work. I just didn't know if it was like the generations of cooks who always cut both ends of a roast off until finally the great granddaughter asked the oldest one why. Her answer? I don't know why your mama does it but I did it because that was the only way it would fit in the pan (and in the oven)!

Lessons Learned

  • yes I always use the boiling water but didn't know if it was necessary

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

I love the story of the roast! As you already know, the boiling water works. It works because by holding the fabric taut and boiling the boiling water from a height, the stain is forced through the fibers and released. Is it necessary, no. Using this technique works just as well - or better - especially on synthetic fabrics:

Mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and cool water. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water. Completely submerge the garment and allow it to soak for at least eight hours. Check the stain. If it is gone, wash as usual. If it remains, mix a fresh solution and repeat. It may take several soakings to remove the stain but it should come out.

Good luck!

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