No Stains for the Holiday Season with This #HowToTuesday Life Hack

No Stains for the Holiday Season with This #HowToTuesday Life Hack

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~Disclosure: Amex EveryDay “At Your Service” is a client of Mom Central Consulting.

everydaygenius-stain-hackIt happens at least once during the holiday season – a big, colorful mess takes place during the most inconvenient time or location. The animated guest who talks with his hands and connects with your glass of red wine – and your new cream-colored lace top. The squabbling nephews who turn a previously pristine tablecloth into a kaleidoscope of colors – and you find it hours later buried under a pile of napkins. Before you know it, you find yourself stepping back from holiday festivities to mop up a big mess, and deal with the after-effects of an unexpected stain.

But Kari Byron and the team from American Express’ Everyday Genius came up big this holiday season with a terrific and timely life hack – “How to Get Stains Out.” One view of this YouTube video, and you’ll stand ready to combat whatever comes your way – or onto your clothing or table linens. Best of all, these stain-removal ingredients are pantry staples, so there’s no running around trying to source unfamiliar products.

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Just take three parts dish soap and mix with one part water. Stir it up, pour it on your stain, and rub in – you’ll see below we used this technique on a dishtowel marred by pomegranate juice, red wine, and olive oil.

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After rubbing the mixture in thoroughly, soak the stain in a bowl of white vinegar and then toss in your washing machine.

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And here’s the towel afterwards!

Depending on your family’s spill track record, it may even make sense to have a batch mixed up and ready to go. Now that’s party planning!

Now that we have stain removal down, here’s a celebratory “Holiday Baubles” recipe from wineglass maker Lolita:

Holiday Baubles Wine Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce sparkling wine
  • white wine
  • maraschino liqueur
  • maraschino cherries
  • peppermint swirl candy

Directions:

  1. Fill your glass with sparkling wine and remainder of glass with white wine.
  2. Add a dash of maraschino liqueur.
  3. Top off with a maraschino cherry and peppermint swirl candy for garnish!
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Stacy DeBroff, founder and CEO of Mom Central.com and social and digital consultancy, Influence Central, is a social media strategist, attorney, and best-selling parenting author. A sought-after expert for national media, she trend-spots regularly with national brands and speaks frequently to national and international audiences on a wide range of subjects, including influencer marketing, social media, entrepreneurship, and consumer trends. A passionate cook, gardener, reader, and tennis player, she adores this new chapter of post-college-age parenting.
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