Rinse or soak fresh stain in cold water. Work detergent into any remaining stain. Rinse. If stain persists, put a few drops of ammonia on stain and repeat detergent treatment. Rinse. If necessary, bleach.

Candle Wax

Scrape off excess. Place stain between clean white blotters or several layers of facial tissues. Press with warm iron. Sponge with cleaning fluid. If dye spot remains, bleach.


Scrape off excess. Soak in cold water 30 minutes. Pretreat with a detergent paste. Launder.

Chewing Gum

Rub with ice to harden. Scrape off excess with dull blade. Sponge with cleaning fluid.

Chocolate or Cocoa

Soak 15 minutes in cold water. Rub detergent into stain then rinse thoroughly. Launder in as hot a water as is safe for fabric. If colored stain remains, sponge with hydrogen peroxide, rinse and launder.
Coffee or Tea (Black)

Soak fresh stain immediately in cold water. Then use bleach treatment with as hot a water as is safe for fabric. Or, if safe for the fabric pour boiling water through spot from a height of 1 to 3 feet. Launder.

Coffee or Tea (with cream)

Rinse or soak in cold water. Work detergent into stain. Rinse. Dry. If stain remains, sponge with stain remover. Repeat, if necessary. If stain remains, bleach.


Apply undiluted liquid detergent to stain, or dampen stain and rub in soap or detergent until thick suds are formed. Work in until stain is gone, rinse well. Repeat if necessary. If color remains, bleach if safe for fabric.

Cream, Ice Cream or Milk

Sponge stain with cool water or soak stain in cool water for 30 minutes or longer. If stain remains, work a detergent into spot, then rinse. Bleach if necessary.

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