New Year's spots and spills

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All dressed up with a spot! Pull out your New Years’ Eve clothes in advance. If they are looking a little dull or perhaps you were a little…..sweaty after the fast dance the last time you wore it, spritz underarm and neck area with vodka to freshen. Good for dry clean only clothes, or not cleanable beaded clothes.

OOPS! Someone spilled red wine on you or worse you spilled it on the carpet!! Grab the white wine and pour it on. It will remove and neutralize the red wine.

Beer: Combine 10 parts water and one part hydrogen peroxide and blot/sponge on WHITE clothes. On colored clothes, blot/sponge with white vinegar. Launder clothes as usual. Be sure stain is gone prior to putting in dryer.

Egg nog: Combine about ½ cup cool water and 1 teaspoon of meat tenderizer. Saturate the stain and let soak 30 minutes. Flush with cool water and launder as usual.

Dark liquors and soda stains such as Coke: Mix a quart of cold water with a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and soak the clothes in it, moving them around to loosen the stain. Flush with cold water. If the stain remains, saturate with white vinegar. Let sit and then flush. Still there? Use ½ cup cool water and 1 teaspoon ammonia. Do not put the garment in the dryer until you know the stain is gone. Once one of these procedures removes all of the stain, launder as usual.

Clear liquor and soda stains: Vodka is actually a good stain remover and cleaner. If you have any brownish stains from clear liquor or soda, saturate with inexpensive vodka, let sit 15 minutes and then launder as usual.

Dry-clean only clothes: These should go to the dry cleaner and be sure to identify the stain.

Washable clothes: For leftover stains, apply ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of ammonia. Let sit 15 minutes then flush well with cool water and work in liquid dish soap then flush again. Launder as usual.

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