Why some people can’t wear white (or how to remove any stain)

Some people I know are a magnet for stains. Yes, I’ll stand and admit I’m one of them.

I have numerous white turtlenecks with tea stains. O.K., maybe I need lessons in finding my mouth with my tea cup, but what I really need is to be able to remove stains.

I was inspired a few weeks ago by a woman named Amy who works at a  physical therapy center I go to a few times a week to help my left knee and my right elbow. Yes folks, arthritis and tendonitis have set in faster than you can say chocolate stain on my new khaki pants.

Anyway, Amy has young twins and she said she is a stain freak. She rubs and scrubs her children’s clothes to get the stains out.

My husband Ronnie and I must make Amy cringe. We wear our worst clothes to work out. I’ll admit I own no stain-free sweatshirts. And if I did, why would I want to sweat in them?

The latet catastrophe: On New Year’s Day I dumped ham broth on my best yard sale jeans. Not intentionally of course.

I threw them in the laundry and didn’t realize the stain had set until I wore them to work one Friday. Bad move. I could hardly concentrate on work because I kept trying to hide the stain that went the length of my thigh to my knee.

I wondered, what would Amy do? She’d get the stain out.

So I did, with dishwash detergent. I let it soak in and then laundered. It was gone!

Do I now feel inspired to get tea stains out of my turtlenecks? No, I feel inspired to buy a new sweater to throw over the stains.

I did decide to find some stain removal guides.
Here’s a common one: ballpoint pen ink. Try rubbing alcohol for this one.

And I found plenty of remedies for removing tea stains. I always try to go natural so I’m going to try this one with baking soda. It’s certainly cheap enough.

But I don’t want to get too crazy with this stain removal phase. After all, I want to get a new sweater.

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