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How To Get Chicken Wings, Guac And Other Tricky Stains Out Of Your Clothes

Bring it on, Super Bowl Sunday.

Let's face it, you're going to get messy during the Super Bowl. In the midst of all the high-fiving and fist-bumping, a drink is bound to fall on the carpet and a plate of wings is most definitely ending up on your shirt. Womp, womp.

Instead of letting these far-too-common blunders ruin your night, learn how to handle spills before they stain your clothes. Below, Carolyn Forté, Director of Home Appliances and Cleaning Products, and Textiles at the Good Housekeeping Institute, shares her expert tips for beating every stain you're likely to encounter during the big game.

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Wings
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To remove this sticky stain, apply a small amount of hand or dishwashing soap with cool water and lightly sponge the area. This should make the mark disappear. But if it doesn't, Forte says your best bet is to treat the stain and throw it in the wash: "Rub in a little liquid laundry detergent or laundry prewash and launder as usual. Add a fabric-appropriate bleach, if needed."
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Fried Food Grease
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Unfortunately, it's tough to remove grease stains from fabric without putting it through the wash. To ensure it comes off completely, Forte recommends pretreating the affected area: "First, pretreat with a prewash stain remover then wash using the hottest water safe for the fabric."
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Guacamole
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After spilling this bright green snack on your clothing, head straight to the sink to flush the stain with icy cold water. Then, pretreat the stain before throwing it in the wash. For best results, Forte says to use the hottest water setting the fabric can realistically handle. Forte also suggests using chlorine bleach if the stain is particularly tough.
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Pizza
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Pizza is a tricky mess to clean up because of the food's delicious combination of oily red sauce and greasy cheese. According to Forte, the key to beating this stain is to resist excessive dabbing or rubbing. First, flush cold water on the fabric from the back of the stain. Then, gently treat the area with laundry detergent and let it sit for approximately 10 minutes. Next, sponge the stain with white vinegar. Repeat these steps until the spot is not as prominent. If the stain is still present after these steps, treat the area with a prewash stain remover and launder using warm water. If you notice traces of the stain even after washing, apply liquid laundry detergent to the spot and soak the fabric in warm water for 30 minutes. You can also use bleach depending on the clothing item.
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Soda
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Beating a soda stain is pretty straightforward. First, "sponge the spot with cool water or soak for about 30 minutes in a basin of cool water," Forte says. If you still see the spot, pretreat the area with a stain-removing liquid, throw the clothing in the wash and add bleach if necessary.
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Cheese Sauce
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If you missed your mouth while chowing down on cheese, you'll need a spoon, napkin and enzyme-rich laundry product to beat the stain. First, "scrape up any excess dip with a spoon and blot any remaining stain with a napkin or paper towel," Forte states. Next, soak the fabric "using a laundry product containing enzymes for at least 30 minutes." The enzymes will help cut through the greasiness of the food. After soaking, the fabric is ready to be thrown in the washer and laundered as usual.
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Beer
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Forte recommends creating an "ice pack" to apply to the stain to prevent the stain from settling into the fabric. Press the ice against the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Afterwards, apply a prewash stain remover to the area and wash as normal. You can also use fabric-appropriate bleach if the stain is sticking around after one wash.
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Chili And Baked Beans
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Treat chili and baked beans like you would pizza -- with caution and control. Start by flushing the stain with cold water and add laundry detergent to begin removing the spot. Let the detergent work its magic for a few minutes before rinsing and sponging with white vinegar.

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