How to Remove Passover Stains From Clothes

Passover is one of the most important Jewish holidays as it remembers story of the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. During the eight day observance, Jews are prohibited from eating leavened bread and many families eat different foods to be Kosher during the holiday.

Here are some of the traditional Passover foods and suggestions for removing the stains they may cause on linens and clothes.

  • 01 of 07

    Gefilte fish

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    Gefilte fish is a Passover dish made from a mixture of ground, deboned fish, mostly commonly carp, mullet, whitefish or pike. The dish ingredients include onions fried in vegetable oil, salt, pepper, matzah meal and eggs. To take care of Gefilte fish stains, just follow these links:

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    Matzah brei is a traditional breakfast dish during Passover. It can be savory or sweet but it is basically a combination of broken, softened matzah and eggs cooked in oil or fat. Some families make it savory by adding salt and pepper and vegetables; others prefer to drizzle it with maple syrup or honey to make it sweet like french toast or pancakes.

    No matter how it is prepared, there are ingredients that will cause stains that need some special attention:

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    Kugel is a traditional baked Jewish dish that resembles a pudding. Kugels can be sweet, cheesy or savory and made with noodles or potatoes. During Passover if you are keeping Kosher, a kugel must be made with Matzo meal - no wheat noodles or flour.

    Nearly every Kugel recipes does call for ingredients that can stain:

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    Charoset is a thick paste made of either dried or fresh fruits. Charoset – from the Hebrew word "cheres", meaning clay, symbolizes the mortar which the Israelite slaves used during their building in Egypt. The paste is made by grinding together figs, dates, raisins, prunes, dried apricots or fresh apples. Nuts are often added as well as sweet wine or honey.

    Charoset looks like mud and can leave stains the look that way as well! Here's how to remove the stains:

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    Chrain is a red beet and horseradish relish commonly served with gefilte fish during Passover. As you can imagine, the beets are the real problem when it comes to stains - horseradish doesn't stain, it just opens your sinuses!

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    Chicken soup with Matzah balls is a traditional dish during Passover. The matzah balls, made of ground up matzo or matzo meal, meet the Jewish requirement of no leavened bread. The balls are made of oil, eggs and chicken stock. They are best served in a flavorful chicken soup filled with root vegetables like carrots, onions and parsnips.

    To take care of the stains while you're cooking or if a matzah ball rolls across the tablecloth, just follow the links:

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    Nearly all Sephardi Jews and many Mizrachi Jews consider rice, often combined with saffron, raisins or nuts, to be an essential food for the Passover table. Ashkenazi Jews and Hasidic Jews do not eat rice during Passover as a matter of minhag. According to the Talmud and the commentary of Rashi, rice is not chametz. However, there is a concern that in storage, rice may have been contaminated with even one kernel of wheat or other grains. Those who eat rice inspect it carefully prior to cooking.

    If...MORE serving Saffron Rice with Pine Nuts and Pistachios, there are some ingredients that will stain fabrics - especially the saffron. Just follow the links for tips on how to remove the stains.