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Stain Removal Secrets from a Costume Designer

Get those stains out like a pro.

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. Here’s more on how to get oil stains out of clothes.

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
5 Best Baking Soda and Vinegar Cleaning Solutions

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