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Cranberry Sauce and Cranberry Stains

November 01, 2023

Cranberry Sauce On Plate On Board With Spruce Branches

Thanksgiving is almost here, and we all know what that means: a delicious feast with our loved ones, featuring roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and of course, cranberry sauce. But as tasty as cranberry sauce is, it can also be a pain to get out of your clothes. How does one remove cranberry stains caused by cranberry sauce?

Cranberry sauce is a common side dish on Thanksgiving. It has a sweet and tart flavor that goes well with turkey. But it also has a deep red color that can ruin your clothes, tablecloths, and napkins. That's because cranberry sauce contains tannins, which are natural substances that give color and taste to these berries. Tannins, however, stick to the fibers of your clothes and make them hard to wash out. But don't panic. You can get rid of cranberry sauce stains if you follow some simple steps.

One method is to flush the stain with cold water, then apply an enzyme-based stain remover or heavy-duty laundry detergent. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then wash the garment in the warmest water the material can tolerate (always check the instruction on the tag) with oxygen-based bleach.

Another method is to mix rubbing alcohol and white vinegar and sponge the stain with the solution. Let it work for 10 minutes, then rinse and launder as usual.

A third method is to stretch the stained fabric over a bowl and pour boiling water over it. This can help loosen the tannins from the cranberry sauce. Then wash the garment with detergent. Use bleach, too, if appropriate.

But even if you can remove cranberry sauce stains, you might not have the time or energy to do so. Thanksgiving can be hectic and exhausting, and laundry can be the last thing on your mind. That's why you can always rely on Mango Fresh’s laundry pickup and delivery service to take care of your clothes. We will pick up, wash, dry, fluff, and fold all your laundry for you, so you can focus on planning, preparing, hosting, and enjoying the leftovers.

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