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Three Kids + Food = A Rainbow of Laundry Stains

Summer picnic season means there’s plenty of barbecue sauce, ketchup, watermelon and more being gobbled up. Which translates into to a whole lot of pesky food stains showing up in my laundry.

Although I’ve become quite the fan of Oxi-Clean for pre-laundry stain soaking, here are a few other ideas for washing away the evidence of your latest food feast:

  • BARBECUE SAUCE: Rinse with cold water, then blot stain with white vinegar. Rinse, apply detergent to stain and let sit 10 minutes before rinsing. Repeat as necessary.
  • GREASE: Sprinkle cornstarch or baby powder on the stain. Let dry, brush off and launder as usual.  
  • KETCHUP: Mix cream of tartar with lemon juice and apply to affected area. Launder as usual.
  • WATERMELON JUICE: Soak the area in cold salt water then pour boiling water through fabric. Put detergent directly on stain and wash.