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Video:How to Remove Blueberry Stains

with Jonathon Stewart

The fond memories you have of eating that tasty blueberry pie don't have to also live on the shirt you spilled a honking piece on. Find out out to blast those blueberry stains off your garments, and your clothes will be as good as new.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Remove Blueberry Stains

Hi! I'm Jonathon Stewart for About.com Home and Garden with today's 90 second quick tip. Low in calories, bursting with nutrition and flavor, and off-the-charts in their capacity to destroy cancer-causing free radicals, what's not to love about blueberries? Well, smoosh one on a whiter-than-white shirt and you'll have your answer. But don't throw in the towel - there's hope for removing your blueberry stains yet. Check it out.

Handle the Blueberry Stain Quickly

Remember the first golden rule of stains: deal with them as soon as you can. Letting them set isn't quite stain-removing suicide, but it is likely you'll be working twice as hard for half the result if you do. Always check your tags to make sure they don't have special cleaning instructions like, "Dry Clean Only." Fortunately blueberry stains are organic, so before you go running for a bottle of bleach strong enough to clean a bathroom in Grand Central Station, try fighting it with an organic cleaner: vinegar!

Soak and Scrub the Blueberry Stain

Pour a small amount of vinegar into bowl and soak your blueberry stain for about five minutes. Next, it's time to rub and scrub. With many stains, it's best to not scrub them with anything, for fear of driving them deeper into your fabric. But for blueberries, one of the key ingredients to success is elbow grease.

Using a toothbrush, scrub the fabric as much as it will allow - if it's a delicate fabric, ease up as much as you need to so you don't end up damaging it. In most cases, after a few minutes, your stain will be history. If not, and if your fabric will tolerate being rinsed in hot water, move on to the next step.

Remedy Tough Blueberry Stains

Suspend your fabric over a colander or large bowl - with the stain directly in the center - and secure it with a rubber band. In a kettle or large pot, bring as much water as you can to a boil. Holding the kettle about a foot over the stain, pour the boiling water through the fabric. Between the heat and the pressure from the water, your blueberry stain doesn't stand a chance.

When you're finished, launder clothes as usual, and remember golden rule number two: Never put clothes in the dryer until your stain is completely gone. Heat sets stains, and set stains are no good. And next time, try not to be so messy...

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