01 of 07
How to Remove Easter Stains
Easter is a time of celebration for millions around the world. In addition to its importance as a religious holiday, it is also a time to welcome spring and enjoy the traditions of the day.
Unfortunately, many of those traditions like chocolate bunnies and brightly colored eggs leave some tough stains on clothes. Learn how to remove chocolate, egg dye, grass, lily pollen and food stains; so you can celebrate and enjoy a stain-free day.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
02 of 07
How to Remove Chocolate Easter Candy Stains
Chocolate bunnies are a staple in most Easter baskets. Even if you skip the big bunny, there's almost always chocolate candy at Easter and most of it melts and can end up on your clothes!
Chocolate is a combination stain - a bit of an oil stain, a bit of a dye stain. For washable clothes, begin by rubbing heavy-duty liquid detergent like Wisk or Tide or a paste of powdered detergent and water into the stain. Let the treated stain sit for at least ten minutes before washing.
Wash garment as... usual with an all-fabric bleach and detergent. Check the stained area before drying. If it is still present, repeat steps BEFORE drying.
For dry clean only clothes, be sure to point out the stain to the cleaner so it can be treated properly.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
03 of 07
How to Remove Easter Egg Dye Stains
Whether you use the fizzy tablets or kitchen food coloring, Easter egg dye will stain clothes and kitchen linens. Prevent mishaps by wearing old clothes or covering surfaces with newspapers or a disposable plastic cloth.
If stains happen on washable fabrics, the first thing to do is flood the stain with cold water as soon as possible. Then wash in cold water using an all-fabric bleach in addition to your regular laundry detergent. Check for the stain. If it remains, do not put the garment in the... dryer.
If the stain remains, allow the fabric to soak overnight in a solution of all-fabric or oxygen bleach and warm water until the stain is gone. If you can't wash the fabric right away, allowing the stain to soak in this solution is a great idea.
For dry clean only clothes, be sure to point out the stain to the cleaner so it can be treated properly.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
04 of 07
How to Remove Easter Lily Pollen Stains
The yellow pollen in the center of the lily can cause a very difficult stain to remove. If you plan to place your Easter lily on a treasured tablecloth or near upholstered furniture, it is best to remove the grains of pollen before displaying.
If a stain occurs, NEVER rub the pollen with your hand or a cloth. You will only push the dye deeper into the fabric. Take the fabric outside and shake off the pollen. Or, use a piece of tape to pick up the pollen grains.
For washable fabrics, soak the... garment in cold water for at least 30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly; repeat these two steps until most of the stain has been removed. You may also add some Oxiclean or another oxygen bleach to the soaking water. If the stain is still present, apply a spot stain remover to the area and wash the garment in the hottest recommended temperature for the fabric.Check the area again before drying the garment – if the stain remains, repeat the stain remover and wash treatment.
For dry clean only clothes or upholstery, be sure to point out the stain to the cleaner so it can be treated properly.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
How to Remove Easter Egg Hunt Grass Stains
Easter egg hunts are legendary in our family and there are plenty of grass stained knees to deal with after the hunt.
For washable clothes, first pretreat the stain with a heavy-duty liquid detergent like Wisk or Tide or an enzyme-based stain remover. Allow the cleaner to work on the stain for at least ten minutes. Wash as usual. If the stains remain, soak the garment in a solution of warm water and all-fabric nonchlorine bleach for at least one hour or overnight. Launder as usual.
For dry clean... only clothes, be sure to point out the stain to the cleaner so it can be treated properly.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
06 of 07
How to Remove Easter Egg Stains From Clothes
Most Easter brunches or dinners include some type of egg dish from omelets to quiches to deviled eggs.
Eggs are a protein stain that can be removed from washable clothes by soaking then agitating or rubbing the stain in cold water before washing. These stains contain other ingredients but protein needs treatment first. Never use hot water because it cooks the protein making the stain hard to remove.
If the stain is dried or old, scape or brush off any crusted matter, then soak in cold water using... a liquid detergent with color-safe bleach. After pre-soaking for 30 minutes, launder in warm - not hot - water with detergent. If stain remains, soak an additional 30 minutes, then rewash.
For dry clean only clothes, be sure to point out the stain to the cleaner so it can be treated properly.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
07 of 07
How to Remove Easter Ham Stains from Clothes
Ham is often the centerpiece of the Easter table. While delicious, it can cause some stains on clothes and neckties.
Grease-based stains on washable clothes should be pretreated using a solvent-based stain removal product, like Shout or Spray 'n Wash. If you don't have a solvent-based pretreater, apply heavy-duty liquid detergent to the stain and work it in by gently rubbing.
After pretreatment, wash the garment as usual in the hottest water appropriate for the fabric. Inspect the garment... before drying and repeat treatment if necessary.