Eggs: Protein Stain
I thought I’d give you some removal tips for eggs, which Nevada cowboys, or buckaroos, as they’re called, often whip up while on the frontier, or, as they like to say, at home on the range.
- Gently scrape or blot off any excess and rinse the stain in cold water.
- Apply some enzyme detergent to the stain and soak in warm water for thirty minutes. Every now and then rub gently.
- If the stain remains, crack open and use color- appropriate bleach. Let it sit for fi fteen minutes.
- Machine wash with enzyme detergent according to the care instructions. If serving your eggs with some bacon and it gets on your chaps—forgive me, I meant laps—go to oil stain removal on page 148.
Corn Chowder: Combo Stain
PMS REMOVAL OF MAIN STAIN: MILK
- Spoon off or blot any excess with a white paper towel or cloth.
- Soak in enzyme laundry detergent for about fifteen minutes and gently rub the stain while it’s soaking.
- Machine wash with enzyme detergent according to the fabric care label.
Blueberries: Dye Stain
- Gently scrape off any excess pronto—do not mush into fabric as you remove.
- Stretch the fabric over the sink, stand on a step stool, and pour boiling water onto the stain (you should be at least a foot higher than the item). Be careful! Let it sit for a couple of minutes.
- If the stain remains, use color- appropriate bleaching agent applied with an eyedropper or a sponge with one of the following. Repeat if necessary and rinse in between.
1. Whites only
- Chlorine bleach diluted with water
2. Whites and colors
- Oxygen bleach
- 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (1:3 ratio of peroxide to water)
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Launder with liquid enzyme detergent and color-appropriate bleach. After you remove any excess, you can also try hitting the stain with aerosol hairspray. New Jersey is also famous for its delicious tomatoes, so if you bite into one and it drips, the PMS removal is on page 146. FYI: It’s a tannin stain!