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How to Combat Holiday Stains and Chores



December arrives, and with it comes a whirlwind of shopping, cooking, baking, organizing, hosting and a general (but joyous) chaos. When there is so much hustle and bustle, our schedules get off. It’s hard to keep up with household stuff. This becomes a problem when visitors pop in for a holiday visit or you have an upcoming party to host.


One of my best tips for staying on top of Holiday Chores: MAKE A LIST. Lists can be a lifesaver.  Map out any upcoming events or visitors. As you look at the calendar, make a list of all the things that need to get done before certain dates. Is it getting the guest bedroom ready? Is it cleaning up the kitchen? Is it grocery shopping? Is it laundry? List each item, then put it on the calendar. While your schedule may be “off” this time of year, you can still add one chore item a day and stick to making sure it gets completed.


Of all the chores that can be difficult to stay on top of this time of year is LAUNDRY. Clothes are rotated through more quickly, whether it be the need for a change mid-day for pictures with Santa or an evening Holiday Party. And the stains. OH, the STAINS!  Something as simple as decorating a Gingerbread House can be cause for a call to Cleaning Emergency Services. And with all the amazing food to feast on at events, it’s no wonder that kids and adults alike drop a stain (or several) on their best duds.


Luckily, Whirlpool has a few cleaning and laundering tips to share, so even the worst of holiday stains are manageable:

Whirlpool’s Tips for the Holidays


First rule of thumb, read the care label. After that, follow the instructions below.

  • Cranberry sauce slip off the spoon? Remove any excess fruit from the cotton and run the fabric under cold water to prevent oxidation. Wash the garment in the warmest water safe for it.  Use your bleach dispenser or add liquid chlorine bleach or color-safe bleach during the rinse cycle, after your detergent has done its job.
  • Turkey a bit too juicy? Apply a pretreat to the oily stain, or rub liquid detergent directly into it. Wash the garment in thehottest water safe for the fabric, then air dry and check it for any remaining stain. If necessary, repeat the procedure before placing the clothing in the dryer.
  • Overflow from the gravy boat? Scrape off any remaining gravy with a spoon or back of a butter knife. If it has already dried, brush off the residue. Rub in liquid detergent and then soak the fabric in a mixture of detergent and water for up to 30 minutes. Finish by washing the garment in the warmest water safe for it.



I wrote this review while participating in a Blog Tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Whirlpool. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


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One Response to "How to Combat Holiday Stains and Chores"

  1. Murat says:

    Sara – I just found your blog and love your photos! I’m hponig to get a DSLR for my birthday and would also love a few recommendations. My husband is wanting to spend $600-800 and get either a Canon or a Nikon. Any suggestions would be great! I hope I get it in time for your class!

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