If you don’t quite have the luck of the Irish when it comes to stain removal, follow these easy tips.

Kiss me, I’m Irish!

No need to worry if you receive one too many Irish kisses – removing lipstick residue is a cinch. If the stain is heavy, scrape off any remaining lipstick with a spoon or the back of a butter knife. Rub in liquid detergent and soak in a mixture of detergent and water for up to 30 minutes. Wash in the warmest water safe for the garment (found on the garment’s care label). If necessary, repeat treatment, or follow-up with a wash in color-safe bleach for colors, or liquid chlorine bleach for whites. Air dry.

Where’s me drink?

A St. Patrick’s Day tradition, green beer is an alternative to your typical drink, with a wee bit o’ fun added. If this festive concoction has made its way onto your clothes, rinse in cold water to dilute the stain and prevent it from setting. Soak the garment in a mixture of detergent and water for up to 30 minutes before washing in the warmest water safe for the garment. If necessary, repeat the treatment and air dry. Be sure to check for any remaining stains.

Erin go braugh!

If you’ve decided to express your allegiance to Ireland with a little green face paint, chances are there may be some that ends up on your shirt. Check an invisible corner of any colored fabrics to be sure that the treatment you choose will not affect the color of the garment. Remove any excess cosmetics with the back of a butter knife or a spoon. Soak the stained area in a mixture of detergent and water and wash in the warmest water possible for the fabric. If necessary, follow-up with a wash in color-safe bleach. Air dry and check the garment carefully for any residue before you run it through the dryer.

The tastiest dish in all the land

If your heart is set on cooking traditional Irish fare (think corned beef and cabbage), be prepared to tackle a few splatter stains. To remove grease, pretreat the stain with liquid detergent and allow it to work for 15 minutes. Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric and air dry. To remove a gravy splatter, soak the stained area in a mixture of detergent and water. Wash in the warmest water safe for the tablecloth/garment. If necessary, follow up with a wash in color-safe bleach. Air dry.

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