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Sweet Relief: Common Easter Stains, Solved

Springtime messes don’t stand a chance against these quick cleanup tips

What could be better than celebrating spring after the longest of winters? Doing so without permanent stains on your new dress, favorite tablecloth, sofa—or even kids. Because this holiday is rife with mess potential, we pair five typical Easter messes with easy advice for coming out clean.

1. Hello, Roy G. Biv. Your kids’ hands are every color imaginable thanks to the egg dye.

The FD&C colors in Easter-egg dye are (eek) petroleum based, so use what works on greasy messes—strong liquid dish detergent like Dawn or Palmolive. Also effective: Lava Soap, which contains finely powdered pumice stone.

2. Gasp! It’s a grass stain on your new linen dress!

You know how quickly you can inhale a Cadbury Creme Egg? To treat a grass stain, you’ll need to move even faster than that. Immediately treat the stain with a pre-launder treatment product like Goop or Resolve. Then, using an old toothbrush, gently tamp the solution into the fabric. Launder in cold water with an enzyme-based detergent, which will target the grass proteins.

3. Seriously?! A chocolate bunny is smashed into your sofa cushions?!

Someone slipped into a sugar coma while sitting on a bunny ear. You’ve got a melted chocolate mess on your hands, and it’s time to hop into action. First, scrape off the excess chocolate using a spoon. Next, mix a squirt of dish detergent and 2 cups of cool water. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture, and working from the outside in so you don’t spread the damage, dab it on the stain. Then blot with a new cloth. Repeat dabbing and blotting as needed.

4. Holy ham! A gigantic grease stain has found its way onto your heirloom tablecloth.

Cornstarch is your best friend when it comes to greasy stains—we’ve even seen it erase a blob of salad dressing from a gorgeous Quaker lace tablecloth. Sprinkle it on the stain, and wait up to 15 minutes. Then gently scrape it off. Hand wash with an oxygenating cleaner like OxiClean.

5. Red, red wine … all over your carpet.

Someone went all Jackson Pollock with a glass of pinot—in the worst way possible. First, blot the stain with paper towels or a clean cloth. Quickly pour table salt, then club soda on the stain. Gently blot some more until the club soda is absorbed. For white carpets, a good DIY cleaner is (non-bleach) laundry detergent combined with hydrogen peroxide.