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NOW: Scrape off what you can with­out spread­ing the de­bris and dab the stain with a cloth dipped in club soda. If you can slip away to the bath­room, re­move the gar­ment, place a clean cloth on ei­ther side of the fab­ric, and blot from the in­side. This will help force the stain to­ward the front, where it orig­i­nally made con­tact with the fab­ric.

LATER: Pre­treat with dish soap or laun­dry de­ter­gent, soak for 10 min­utes, and laun­der in cool wa­ter. If the stain per­sists, ap­ply a so­lu­tion of two parts hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide and one part dish soap; let it sit for about an hour. Soak the gar­ment in oxy­gen bleach for up to six hours, then wash again. If the stain is ground into up­hol­stery, add a drop of dish soap to a damp towel. Gen­tly rub in the di­rec­tion of the fab­ric’s grain to work away the dis­col­oration, then blot dry.

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