Effective Ways to Remove Holiday Food Stains

When Thanksgiving and the holiday season rolls around, you may find that you have more stained clothing to battle. From good food to wine, there are many tough stains that we have to get out of clothing and linens. Alongside greeting family, opening presents, and maneuvering around pets, the possibilities for spills and splashes are endless. When and if holiday stains occur, aim to tend to them immediately before they set in. So you know how to handle the common stains, here are a few tips you should know.


Holiday Stain Removal How-Tos



  • Scrape off as much as possible with a blunt knife
  • Apply a few drops of white spirit and blot with paper towels
  • Rinse under cold running water
  • Wash in a warm machine wash with biological detergent
  • If the stain is large, work a few drops of liquid detergent into it before washing

Red Wine

  • Blot up as much moisture as you can with paper towels
  • Flush the fabric with cool water
  • Cover it generously with table salt and leave the salt to absorb the wine
  • Brush the salt off, soak the stain with more water, then blot with a cloth
  • Wash as usual in the washing machine

 Cranberry Sauce

  • Using a blunt knife, scrape any solids away
  • Dab white vinegar into the affected area. Work in gently
  • Mix a soapy solution of warm water and washing powder, gently dab this on the stain
  • If the stain is still there, repeat with vinegar and again with the soapy solution
  • Rinse with cool water 



  • Spritz or sponge immediately with cool water, then blog dry with a clean cloth
  • Apply laundry stain remover and wash in warm water with fabric-safe bleach
  • If it landed on the carpet, use cold water to spray over the stain to rinse, then blot dry.
  • Sponge with a mix of 1 tablespoon of dish liquid and 1 of white vinegar with 2 cups of warm water
  • Blot clean then dry with clean cloths



  • Scrape up any excess with a spoon or blunt knife
  • Blot any remaining chocolate with a dry cloth
  • Sponge with warm water
  • Apply a prewash stain remover and work it into the fabric
  • Wash in warm or hot water



  • Scrape up the excess with a spoon, the blot
  • Sprinkle on salt to absorb the grease
  • Let this sit for 30 to 60 seconds, then brush away
  • Work heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent into the fabric
  • Wash in hot water – check the garment label first for information on how hot the water should be


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