Ultimate Christmas stain-buster hacks

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Having a bit too much fun this Christmas? These stain removal hacks have got you covered for the festive season.

Goose fat

Use dish soap on the stain and agitate with your fingers, then let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water, then soak in bicarbonate of soda for 15 minutes. Wash on a cold setting, then leave to air dry.

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Wipe away any excess, then sprinkle baking powder or bicarbonate of soda on the stain. Soak overnight in a mix of warm water, laundry detergent and fabric-safe bleach then wash on the hottest setting available.

Cranberry sauce

Rinse off any excess, flush out the stain by running cold water through the reverse side of the fabric, then soak for 15 minutes in a mix of laundry detergent, vinegar and cold water. Rinse with cold water, then wash as normal.


Flush the stain with vinegar, then soak in a mix of vinegar and water for 15 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Wash as normal.

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Gently wipe away any excess, then flush out as much of the stain as possible by running cold water through the reverse side of the fabric. Then soak in a mix of laundry detergent and water for 30 minutes before washing as normal.


If the stain is fresh, soak and agitate in cold water until it comes out. If dried, soak for several hours in cold water with laundry detergent, then put it in a warm wash.


Blot with a cloth, soak in laundry detergent and cold water for 30 minutes, then wash as normal.

Mulled wine

Pour boiling water on the stain, blot with dish soap and cold water using a clean cloth, then leave to air dry.


Soak the item for 15 minutes in lukewarm water mixed with dishwashing detergent and vinegar, then rinse before washing as normal.

Orange juice

Soak in vinegar and washing-up liquid before washing as normal. Avoid applying laundry soap directly onto the stain as it might make the stain harder to come out.

Coloured candle wax

Let the wax dry, then scrape off the excess with a blunt knife. Iron on a low setting with a sheet of brown paper or kitchen roll in between. Treat the remaining stain with fabric-safe bleach and wash as normal.


Remove excess glue with a blunt knife and soak the fabric in warm water, then wash on a hot setting.


Spray the area liberally with hairspray and allow to dry, before washing on its own as normal. If the fabric is too delicate to wash in the machine, try using a lint roller to remove the glitter.

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