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Photo: HalynaRom (Shutterstock) With the season of baseball games, barbecues, and outdoor potlucks nearly upon us, it’s time we had a refresher on how to remove some of the most popular condiment stains from your clothes. Because, while pool parties and cookouts are fun, coming home with bright red blotches on our favorite shirts is not. Here’s how you can lift those red and yellow stains and give your clothes the best possible chance of staying in your wardrobe rotation. How to treat a mustard stain Mustard gets its distinctive bright yellow color from turmeric dye. If not treated quickly, it can be next to impossible to lift. Your best bet is to act fast, using the following steps. First, lift excess with a dull knife or spoon and blot immediately. Do not rub the stain, to avoid spreading mustard to unaffected areas and lodging it deeper into the fibers. Take note of the fabric and care instructions. Anything that needs to be dry cleaned, like silk or wool, should be left to the professionals. If the fabric is washable at home, test your stain removal product (whether commercially made, or one of the DIY remedies below) on a small, inconspicuous area of the garment to ensure there’s no damage. Avoid products with ammonia, which will further set the stain. For dry mustard stains, Grove Collaborative suggests the following: “Soak the fabric in cool water mixed with color-safe oxygenated bleach for up to an hour.” Repeat as necessary. Create […]