You have spent time, money and a lot of effort in getting your outfit just right for that holiday party and you feel fabulous. So fabulous in fact, you have already decided to wear the complete outfit from head to toe to another party in a few days. It’s ok because it’s a different crowd, no one will know, and the look is far too good only to wear once! However, the holiday party season can be tricky to navigate especially in a new outfit. Sticky cocktails, constant fresh coats of lipstick and finger foods are all mortal enemies of the very outfit you worked so hard to pull together. What do you do when something happens?
Here are my tips and tricks you might need for getting those unexpected holiday party stains out the natural way:
Lipstick is one of the most frustrating stains, regardless of the colour lipstick is difficult to get out. If the fabric is dry-clean only, quickly drop it off at your dry-cleaners, it’s best not to mess with the fabric. If it’s something that you can pop in the wash, you can first try and remove as much lipstick as you can. I use a natural baby wipe to do this. If you don’t have a baby wipe you can use a slightly damp paper towel. However, if it is a thick stain you can first scrape it with a butter knife.
Lipstick is greasy and the best cleaning item in any household to remove grease is dishwashing liquid. Rub the stained area with dishwashing liquid and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then wash the garment as you usually would. If you are out and about a great tip is to spray the lipstick stain with hairspray until you get home, this will hold the stain and stop it from spreading until you can get home and treat it.
Who doesn’t love a little glitter this time of year! It’s a fabulous idea until you need to remove it. If you don’t manage to get it off correctly the first time around you can be sure that you will be finding it for weeks to come. So how do we remove it?
- Face: The natural way to remove glitter from eyes, cheeks and lips is to use coconut oil. Using a cotton pad apply a little coconut oil and in clean sweeping motions wipe the glitter away.
- Hair: If you have glitter in your hair it can haunt you for weeks! First massage coconut oil into your hair, making sure it is thick and completely covering root to tip. Allow the coconut oil to soak into your hair for at least 10 minutes. Wash your hair as you usually would, not only will the glitter be gone but your hair will be replenished from the coconut oil treatment. If you do have glitter remaining after you have washed and dried your hair you can spray your hair with hairspray, and it will cling to the glitter and wash out in the next wash.
There is nothing worse than spilling or having red wine spilt on you. The reality is you will not only be wearing the stain for the rest of the party, but you will find yourself explaining what happened over and over again. So, what can you do when this happens to you. First things first don’t panic! You will need to make your way to the nearest bathroom as quickly as possible and dab the stain to remove the moisture, do not rub the stain or add any water! If you are at a party where you can grab some salt, this would be your next step, adding salt will stop the stain spreading. After this, you can dab a little white wine on the stain to neutralise it and hold it in place until you get home. When you are finally able to attack the stain at home, there are several things you can try. You can make a paste of baking soda and a dash of water, rub the paste on the stain and allow it to soak for several hours and wash the garment as you normally would. If the stain is still visible, you can use a mix of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water, soak the garment for several hours, this is a much stronger alternative to the baking soda paste. If you are going to use hydrogen peroxide be sure to test patch it first to make sure it won’t ruin the fabric.
When it’s party season, we tend to our lovely locks more often. Those of us girls with darker hair usually wake up with a touch of colour on our pillowcase or our towels after washing our hair. It’s something that you get used to, and many of us tend to have darker coloured towels and pillowcases. However, there are times when you need to get hair colour out of fabric. I know I have accidentally got hair colour on my top at the hairdresser, not realising until I have arrived home at the end of the day and swearing at the fashion God’s that I have lost another top in the battle. But there is a brilliantly simple way to remove the colour, hairspray. Yes, that’s right good old-fashioned hairspray. Spray the hairspray on the stain until it is wet. Allow the hairspray to dry completely and wash the garment as you normally would. The hairspray holds on to the colour, and when it goes through the wash, it helps lift it away. It’s a very cool tip that many hairdressers use to keep colour out of their uniforms.
Salad dressings and oils
It’s so easy to get the smallest drop of oil on your party dress and often it can be one of the hardest things to remove. However, getting the stain out doesn’t need to be hard if you can quickly get on top of it. Start with dampening the stain, then sprinkle the area with baking soda, now allow it to soak in. Once it has all soaked in blot the stain with a dry absorbent paper towel, removing as much moisture as you can. Wash your garment as you normally would.
Gravy can not only spill on your clothes during the festive season, but it can also end up on your furniture and unfortunately your carpet. The glorious gravy that accompanies so many of our family meals this time of year can be the worst culprit when it comes to making a mess. If you have a gravy disaster, don’t panic! Here are some helpful tips that will help with the clean-up:
- Clothing: Gently scrape the excess gravy off, a butter knife would be a useful tool for this. Being careful not smear the stain any further. The best cleaning product to safely remove a gravy stain is natural oxygen bleach. Environmentally safe and biodegradable oxygen bleach is used in the laundry and for all-purpose cleaning. 100% Sodium Percarbonate which is safe for animals, plants and humans. Dilute the oxygen bleach as per the instructions listed and soak the garment for at least 30 minutes and wash the garment as you normally would.
- Furniture: Using a butter knife remove as much gravy as you can being careful not to smear the stain any further. Dampen a clean towel with club soda and blot the stain, using a clean part of the towel each time you blot. Once you have removed what you can leave a clean damp cloth over the stain for 2 hours if the stain is still there repeat the club soda process. If the stain is still persistent, you can sprinkle the stain with bi-carb soda and vacuum after 15 minutes.
- Carpet: Again, using a butter knife remove as much gravy as you can being careful not to smear the stain any further. Sprinkle the stain with bi-carb soda and vacuum after 15 minutes. Now blot the stain with a clean damp cloth removing any further gravy. If the stain is still large and persistent, you can create a washing solution using 2 cups of warm water, 1tbs of white vinegar and a dash of dishwashing liquid. Gently sponge the stain with the solution and blot dry with a clean cloth until all the moisture has been removed. To ensure the washing solution has been removed finish by sponging the area with clean cold water and blot dry.
The silly season is treacherous enough without having to tackle slips, spills, smudges and stains, but the reality is they happen to the best of us. When it happens, it’s best not to panic and attempt to fix them quickly using the wrong method or harmful chemicals that can just add to the problem. Arm yourself with the knowledge of what to do, and you will be ready for whatever comes your way.