How to Remove Top 5 Holiday Stains

by Jasmine Dy - December 22, 2017

Party season is among us! From Christmastime up to the New Year, parties and celebrations are being held everywhere. This is probably the only time of year nearly everyone has a get together to host or attend. That means mess around the house from gifts and decorations – but nothing’s quite as stressful to clean up than stains from holiday food and drinks that keep missing our plates or our mouth.

Whether you’re someone who thinks everything can be washed out with a quick launder, or that there’s a specific concoction for every stain, here’s the complete guide on removing the top 5 holiday stains you’re most likely to encounter this upcoming holiday season.

Chocolate stains


We’d all agree the best way to start with a chocolate stain is to wipe off the excess with our finger, but try to do that with a little less excitement and make sure you don’t spread it further into your clothes or another textile you dropped or spilled it on.

Soak the fabric into a mixture of detergent and water for at least 15 minutes before proceeding with your usual washing process. Blotting it with oil solvent prior to washing also helps with chocolate stains that turn out extra hard to remove or stains that have been left on for longer before washing.

On furniture or carpets, it’s best to blot with a dishwashing liquid and sponge it with water to rinse the stain out. It will only take a few blots more than your normal fabric, then pat it dry with a cloth.

If nothing else works, dabbing with vinegar, as we’ll find is the ultimate solution, before rinsing it out removes the stain completely.

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In serving or in drinking, fruit punch or any dye-based drinks always turn out to be one of the most common stains you’ll find in a party, especially one with kids around.

To quickly resolve this hard-to-miss stain, dab the whole area with your choice of denatured alcohol, white vinegar (this especially helps with purply or any dark dye), or dish detergent, then sponge with cool water to rinse it out.

If you go by soaking the fabric, you can do so with a mixture of liquid dishwashing detergent, vinegar, and water, or bleach (if possible for the fabric) and water. When the stain is out, proceed with your usual washing process.

Grease stains

One of the most gnarly stains that everyone seems to be clueless about every time it happens turns out to be so easily removed with dishwashing detergent or dish soap, as cutting through grease is its primary purpose. Still, it would be a tremendous tip to immediately work on the grease stain as soon as it happens for the best result.

However, grease stain that’s stubbornly more difficult to remove can be resolved with any combination of oil solvent, hot water, and vinegar. In desperate situations, other methods using chalk, cornstarch, or baking soda also work. Cover the stain with any of the three and leave it for a minimum of 15 minutes to let it absorb the stain then rub it off before laundering or dabbing with cool water.


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Multiple solutions have been made to remedy this stain. It might be weird to remove stain from red wine with white wine, but it’s worked on some occasions. Dab white wine over the stain and let it sit before laundering.

If the stain remains, try any one of these three solutions:

  • Cover the entire stain with salt and let it absorb completely before vacuuming when the stain is removed.
  • Use bleach (if possible for the fabric) or a mixture of dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide to soak the stain in, then laundering as per normal. This works best on light-colored fabrics.
  • Soak the stain in white vinegar, then rub the fabric with itself around the area where the stain is using a liquid detergent, then wash in warm water.

Candle wax

candle-wax-stainsDecember is the perfect time to light scented candles. But doing so comes with the risk of spilling candle wax over table linens or your furniture. This one in particular, you have the option to clean up immediately while the wax is still melted, or wait until it hardens.

On linens, scrape the hardened wax with a spoon or bread knife. Put several layers of brown paper bags or paper towels over and under the stain, then iron it in the lowest setting. It will melt in the paper bags or towels, but rearrange it or exchange for new ones accordingly until all the wax are gone.

For hard surfaces, scrape the wax if possible. If not, use a hair dryer to soften the wax and same paper materials to wipe it off. Use oil solvent or soap and water to remove the residue.

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