Stain Removal Secrets from a Costume Designer

You don’t get to be an Emmy Award-winning costume designer without learning to think on your feet. Here, a few in-a-pinch fixes for stained clothing.

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    You don’t get to be an Emmy Award-winning costume designer without learning to think quickly on your feet. Here are Birgit Mueller’s in-a-pinch fixes for stained clothing.

    For Oil Stains

    Sprinkle the spot with baby powder, let the powder absorb the oil, then brush the powder off.

    Remedy a Dribble

    To clean up a dribble of solid food, makeup, or lipstick, wipe with a piece of velvet. Keep a handkerchief-size square of velvet in your purse for emergencies.

    For Stained White Shirts

    Use a piece of white chalk to cover a stain on a white shirt.

    To Remove Ink Stains

    Spray the spot with hair spray, then launder.

    For Red Wine Stains

    Blot the stain with gin, then launder.

    Get Rid of Sweat Odors

    Mix 1 ounce (30 ml) vodka with 2 ounces (60 ml) water in a squirt bottle and spray it onto the armpits. “We used to use that trick on movie sites in the desert,” Mueller says. See also: 5 Tricks of the Trade to Make Your Clothing Last Longer Do You Really Need to Dry Clean? 5 Best Baking Soda and Vinegar Cleaning Solutions

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