Signs of What Went in Mah Belly


How come the most comfortable clothes are also the least presentable? When I say “least presentable,” I’m referring to those stained up rags you still hold near and dear, but everybody else in the house talks about behind your back and plots to throw out when you’re not looking.

You know you have some…

Mine is a dingy but beloved t-shirt adorned with chocolate ice cream stains, and I cannot let it go. I simply cannot.

Tattered shreds of better days. (And good ice cream.) But why didn’t I take a few extra steps to remove the stain?


So let’s make a pact on this fine December day. Let’s go forth into the holiday season armed with knowledge that may prevent yet one more item of clothing from becoming a favorite frock of ill contempt.

And we’re off…

A few common holiday stains. Read your care labels and then…

When blotting your spills, work from the edges inward to try to keep the stain from spreading farther.

Cranberry sauce – Remove any excess fruit from the cotton and run the fabric under cold water to prevent oxidation. Wash the garment in the warmest water safe for it. Use your bleach dispenser or add liquid chlorine bleach or color-safe bleach during the rinse cycle, after your detergent has done its job.

Turkey juices – Apply a pretreat to the stain, or rub liquid detergent directly into it. Wash the garment in the hottest water safe for the fabric, then air dry and check it for any remaining stain. If necessary, repeat the procedure before placing the clothing in the dryer.

Gravy – Scrape off any remaining gravy with a spoon or back of a butter knife. If it has already dried, brush off the residue. Rub in liquid detergent and then soak the fabric in a mixture of detergent and water for up to 30 minutes. Finish by washing the garment in the warmest water safe for it.

Make sure you’ve removed the stain before you put it in the clothes dryer or the heat could set the stain permanently.

Help a table out too. Spray your tablecloth with stain protector the day before the meal.

Here’s wishing you a stain-free holiday!


Out of curiosity, what are your favorite “rags” to wear? Do yours have stains too?


I wrote this review while participating in a Blog Tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Whirlpool. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


  1. says

    Hmmmm…..I don’t think I own any clothes that are raggedy! Not because I can afford to buy new clothes all the time (I can’t), I just take really good care of the ones I do have.

    I am also great at getting out stains 😀 so it just looks like I am put together and awesome, when really, I am a stain waiting to happen….


  2. says

    Whenever I wear white scrubs to work, I get something on them. Blood (use peroxide), my lunch, or the worst culprit is betadine/iodine! I have bleached, spot treating, and eventually ended up throwing away many scrubs. That is until a fellow RN was helping me with a procedure & I let out the inevitable groan of frustration for getting iodine on my white scrubs. She said, “put some saline on it before it dries!” I did, and it disappeared, IODINE disappeared off my white scrubs! I am forever indebted to her!

  3. says

    Ha! I try to not wear my stained clothes out of the house, but I know it happens! I’m always so bummed when my favorite comfy clothes get stained.

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