Cleaning up the green -- stains, that is

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by Linda Cobb, Queen of Clean / Special to azfamily.com

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Posted on March 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:10 AM

Removing green food coloring from skin and lips
Take an old washcloth and wring out in white vinegar.  Rub over the stained area.  If it is stubborn, add a little baking soda to the mix.  Don’t rub too hard.  Better a little green on skin than a raw patch of skin.

Removing green beer and liquid stains from clothes
Soak or sponge the beer stain in cool water. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover or liquid laundry detergent.  If stain remains, soak for 15 minutes in 3-percent hydrogen peroxide.

Removing green food coloring from fabric
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 the stain is stubborn, work in Dawn Original Dish Washing Liquid and baking soda.  Let soak 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.   Treating as soon as possible is advisable.   If clothing is dry-clean only, be sure to point out the stain to the cleaner.  

Removing the smell of cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage is a popular St Paddy’s Day meal, but that cabbage can really leave a smell.  Here’s some advice on removing that odor: 

•  Wash the cooking pots and appliances with full-strength vinegar immediately after the cabbage has finished cooking or boiling.

•  Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into a saucepan and bring to a boil. As the vinegar boils, its steam will remove the foul smell of cooked cabbage. Watch that the pan doesn’t boil dry.

Grease stains on clothes
So you dripped the corned beef and cabbage and now you have a grease stain.  Try my grease remover.

  • 8 Tablespoons warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon dishwashing liquid (Prefer Dawn Ultra or Original)
  • 1 Tablespoon Glycerin

Apply to stain, work in and let sit 30 minutes.  Launder as usual and line dry to be sure the grease is removed.  If not try Guardsman Dry Cleaning FluidGoogle for a store locator.   Use according to directions or take garment to the dry cleaner.

 


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