Summer Stain Removal: The Mommy Bloggers’ Guide

While barbecue sauce, ice cream and grass stains may mark the start of summer, who needs them marking your clothes? Clean up with these stain removal tips from some of the world's biggest mommy bloggers.

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Banish BBQ Sauce

Banish BBQ Sauce
To prevent the stain from setting while at a picnic or cookout, rub an ice cube on the spot to keep it wet. Once you get home, soak the item of clothing in cool water with 1/2 of a teaspoon of liquid of hand dishwashing detergent and 1 tablespoon vinegar for 30 minutes, according to lifestyle website She Knows. For an even faster fix, Rebecca Woolf of Girls Gone Child says: "I use Honest stain remover and I dig it." 

Get Rid of Grass

Get Rid of Grass
Apply a paste made from an enzyme detergent, such as Wisk, and water, and let sit in a warm place for 30 minutes, according to Real Simple. Then, splash a solution of one part white vinegar and two parts water and rinse with cool water. Mamavation creator Leah Segedie also loves around-the-house stain solvers: "I recommend natural stain removers first to protect family from toxins: ammonia, white vinegar, baking soda and white wine."  

Erase Ice Cream

Erase Ice Cream
To take care of a tricky chocolate mocha stain on a non-washable shirt or skirt, apply rubbing alcohol to the spot, let sit for 10 minutes, and then rinse with cold water. Ana Lilian and Roxana, the creators of bicultural parenting blog Spanglish Baby, say: "I throw seltzer water on all stains, hot water wash, and let the sun do the rest."

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Spot-Clean Sangria

Spot-Clean Sangria
Don't let a spill steal the show. Cover the stain with salt, then stretch the fabric over a bowl and carefully pour boiling water over it. Or, if you're Liz Gumbinner of Mom-101 , let someone else handle the mess. Her stain solution: "In two words: Dry cleaner."

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