How to clean Easter stains

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Every Easter I get lots of questions about Easter egg dye removal. It always seems to end up on something it shouldn’t.

When dying eggs, prep your surface. If you are working on the counter, protect it with a thick layer of newspaper or something similar. Egg dye will stain laminate, granite, marble and other counters.

Dye containers
These should always be glass -- not plastic -- so that the dye color can be removed without scrubbing and without staining. Rinse them well as soon as you are done.

Easter egg dye on clothes
Fill the kitchen sink with hot water. You want the water to fully cover the stain, and make it as hot as you can. Pour 1 cup of distilled white vinegar into the hot water and use a wooden spoon or something similar to mix.

Soak stained clothing in the hot water and vinegar for one hour or until the water temperature starts to cool. Remove from the sink and wring out excess water and vinegar by hand.

Toss the clothing into the washing machine on the warm wash cycle and add your regular detergent and add 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the wash. Don’t put the clothes in the dryer; hang to dry so you can be sure the stain is gone. If not, soak the stained area in 3 -percent hydrogen peroxide for several hours, flush with cool water and then rewash.

Dye on countertops
So you forgot to cover the countertops, now what? Don’t reach for the bleach. It can damage granite and stone counters and bleach a “super clean” spot or remove color from other counters. Instead combine lemon juice and cream of tartar (found in the spice aisle at grocery). Work it into the spot and only leave it on long enough to remove the dye color so that you don’t damage stone counters.

Still there? Try combining baking soda and 3-perecnt hydrogen peroxide and rubbing firmly.

Another product to try, non-gel toothpaste. It’s mild abrasion may remove the dye mark. Old-fashioned Colgate Toothpaste is good to have on hand for marks on counters and floors.

Did you drop a fresh egg on the floor?
Egg can be hard to clean up because it keeps moving around and you can’t contain it. Leave the egg alone and sprinkle with a heavy layer of salt. Walk away and come back in about 20 minutes. The egg will be “cooked” and solidified so that you can easily scoop it up.

If you boiled eggs in an aluminum pan and now you have a dark discolored ring, just peel an apple into the pan and add water. Simmer the apple peel and water until the mark is gone. You can also fill the pan with water and add a teaspoon of cream of tartar and let simmer until the pan is shiny again.

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