Cran­berry Sauce

Real Simple - - The Realist -

NOW: The first rule with sticky spots is to avoid spread­ing the stain around, so scoop up pieces of cran­berry with a spoon. Use a pre­treater pen or try this sim­ple so­lu­tion: Dab the area gen­tly with a cloth dipped in club soda; the bub­bles will help break the bond be­tween the sur­face and the stain. Al­ter­na­tively, use cool wa­ter and dish soap. Note: If the ma­te­rial is dry-clean-only, step away from the pre­treater pen and send the item straight to the cleaner, as the pen could leave a per­ma­nent mark.

LATER: For a spill on a cush­ion, mix one tea­spoon of white vine­gar with a quar­ter cup of rub­bing al­co­hol and sponge onto the stain. The al­co­hol helps break down the stain, and the vine­gar makes it eas­ier to re­move. Let the so­lu­tion sit for 15 min­utes, then blot dry with a clean cloth. If the cran­berry is on ma­chine-wash­able fab­ric, ap­ply a mix­ture of one tea­spoon dish soap and one ta­ble­spoon rub­bing al­co­hol. Let it sit for 10 min­utes, then wash on the cold­est set­ting. Make sure the stain is gone be­fore throw­ing the item into the dryer, since heat will set the stain for good.

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