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Video:How to Remove Ice Cream Stains

with Jonathon Stewart

Who doesn't love ice cream? Whoever is doing the laundry after it spills all over your shirt! Try these stain-removing techniques and take the fuss out of ice cream cleanup.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Remove Ice Cream Stains

Hi, I'm Jonathon Stewart for About.com Home and Garden with today's 90-second quick tip.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Especially when it rolls off your cone and down your shirt leaving a sticky, staining mess in its wake. But hey, that's all part of the fun, right?

Well, try these simple tips for cleaning ice cream stains, and you'll never have to worry about them ruining your dessert again. Check it out.

Soak the Ice Cream Stain in Alcohol

One of the tastiest things about ice cream is also its biggest liability with regard to laundering: the fat content.

While the sugar in ice cream dissolves easily in water, the fat part needs some special attention. Start by pouring a small amount of rubbing or denatured alcohol into a small bowl, and soak the stain for about 30 minutes.

Agitate the Ice Cream Stain

Unlike some other stains, you're going to want to agitate this one a bit to loosen the stain from the fabric.

But before you dig in, be sure to read your label, to make sure it doesn't have special cleaning instructions or say clearly, "Dry Clean Only." In this case, it's probably best to dry clean only.

Rub the stain every five minutes or so, and return it to the bowl to soak. Your fabric may absorb all of the alcohol quickly, so don't be afraid to add more as you go.

Wash the Stained Clothing

When the time's up, add a little eco-friendly liquid detergent to the mix, and let it soak for another hour or so. Adding about two cups of household ammonia in with your regular detergent, wash your garment as usual, in the hottest water the fabric will allow.

Remove the Ice Cream Stain Completely

As with all stains, don't toss any garment in the dryer until your stain is completely gone.

Also, it's best to avoid bleach entirely during the laundry process, but whatever you do, DO NOT mix bleach and ammonia, which can cause a toxic gas that can melt you like the Wicked Witch of the West. Okay, maybe it's not quite that bad, but it's bad.

When your garment comes out of the washer, you'll find that your ice cream stain is a thing of the past, and eating more ice cream is a thing of the future!

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