Tricks for Treating 8 Scary Halloween Stains

Say Boo to Stains

Halloween is filled with ghosties and fun but there are also plenty of things that can cause some pretty scary and tough to remove stains. It doesn't really matter if the fake blood "ruins" an old shirt but what if it remains on your kid's school uniform? 

So, here's a a list of the most common Halloween stains and tips on how to remove them. And, if you believe in superstitions and things that go bump in the night, here's another one.

Never leave laundry hanging on the clothesline on All Hallow's Eve. Wandering spirits will be tempted to attach themselves to the clothing and remain with you for days to come.

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    Colored Icing Stains

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    For most kids (and adults), Halloween is all about sugary treats. The stains from brightly decorated cupcakes and cookies can be tricky to remove thanks to the addition of food dyes. Learn how to save yourself from a scary icing stain!

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    Face-Paint or Make-up Stains

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    Make-up and face-paint are great fun but often end up smeared on Mom or Dad's shirt or the couch upholstery. Hot water and a detergent packed with grease-cutting ingredients are key to removing all the traces.

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    Glow Stick Stains

    How to Remove Glow Stick Stains
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    Glow sticks and glow jewelry are such fun and very important for safety when trick or treating. But if they break or begin to leak no one needs or wants stains that glow in the dark! Prompt and the right treatment will save the day.

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    Pumpkin Stains

    How to Remove Pumpkin Stains
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    Whether it is some of the wayward Jack O'Lantern carving or a slice of pumpkin pie, pumpkin stains are pretty simple to remove if you treat them correctly.

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    Chocolate Stains

    How to Remove Chocolate Stains
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    I have something to admit. When my sons were small and came home from trick or treating, I frequently pilfered out my favorite dark chocolate candy bars. I told them that they only liked milk chocolate and wouldn't like dark chocolate. Confession is good for the soul.

    I felt I paid my penance because I also was the one who had to remove the milk chocolate stains from their shirts and the occasional bed pillowcase. One good thing about learning how to remove Halloween chocolate stains is the skill comes in handy just about year-round!

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    Bubble Gum or Chewing Gum Stains

    How to Remove Gum Stains
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    A traditional favorite, chewing gum or bubble gum sometimes ends up in hair, left in pockets or melted in the dryer. Learn how to lose the stickiness.

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    Kool-Aid, Punch, and Cola Stains

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    Why is it that every drink must include some type of dye at Halloween? It's not the ingredients in punch or fruit juice or soft drinks that cause the big stain problems; it is the oddly-colored dyes that every kid loves in beverages at Halloween.

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    Mud Stains

    How to Remove Mud Stains
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    We all hope for no rain on All Hallows Eve but sometimes it happens. Learn how to get mud out of the Mummy's clothing and those sneakers.