How to remove terrifying Halloween stains

Even if you little one is an angel or a princess this Halloween, devilish stains can cause monstrous headaches for the person in charge of laundry. Here are some tips on getting out those spooky Halloween stains.

Chocolate

From kisses and nuggets to coatings and coins, chocolate is a tough customer. Here’s how to get it out:

1. Lay the stained area down on a couple layers of paper towels and blot the backside of the stain with a heavy-duty liquid detergent. This will help the stain leech out onto the towels.

2. Launder according to fabric care label.

3. If the stain remains, take it to your dry cleaner.

Chewing Gum

If it takes a jar of peanut butter and bag of ice to remove chewing gum from your child’s hair — if you haven’t resorted to scissors — imagine what it can do to her clothes. Here’s how to get it out:

1. Place garment in plastic bag and put in freezer.

2. Scrape off frozen gum.

3. If residue remains, blot with oil solvent or mineral spirits.

4. Rinse with isopropyl alcohol; let dry.

5. Follow up with an enzyme detergent before washing.

6. If the stain remains, take it to your dry cleaner.

Lipstick

So you’re little one dressed up as a rock star for Halloween. Of course, a little strategically smeared lipstick was necessary to pull off the look. Here’s how to get it out:

1. Gently scrape off excess lipstick.

2. Using an eyedropper, apply a dry solvent such as mineral spirits and tamp with a soft-bristled brush.

3. Rinse with isopropyl alcohol and tamp.

4. Repeat until all of stain is removed.

5. Once removed, spray area with diluted dishwashing-soap solution.

6. Follow up with an enzyme detergent before washing.

7. If the stain remains, take it to your dry cleaner.