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.
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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.