Keeping Your Winter Whites White

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Tips for Keeping Your Winter Whites White

If we’re being honest, I always make a mess. I’m also always honest. No matter the season, I’m spilling stuff on my shirt, my pants, my coats and sometimes even my shoes. Since winter still has its grip on Richmond, I’m currently rocking winter whites like this sweater and flare – jean combo. Outfits like this are at constant risk of being assaulted during my foodie adventures near and far. From lunch at Citizen in Richmond to a winery trip in Charlottesville, I’ve learned how to recover after a spill. After all, I love my clothes.

As you move from winter whites to white summer dresses, I’ve put together a few tips in partnership with Biz. Here’s a quick guide to follow at any time:

  1. Scoop or dab away as much of the wine/condiment/other substance as possible from your clothing. 
  2. NEVER rub a stain. Dab it while it’s still wet with the goal of soaking up all liquid from your fabric. If it’s a thicker substance, you want to  scoop off the bulk of it and then dab the remaining liquid from the fabric.
  3. Head right to the bathroom and run cold water over the stain. If possible, take off your clothing item and hold the backside of the stain directly under the faucet. This forces the particles out of the fabric.  
  4. Once you make it home, it’s time to pre treat the stain before you drop it in the washing machine. Wet the spot with warm water and then grab your Biz Stain Fighter liquid. Gently rub a few drops into the stain area.
  5. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. You can soak it in a bowl of water at the same time if it’s really bad. 
  6. Throw your pants, shirt or coat into the washing machine with other items the same color.
  7. Leave the item out to air dry after you run it through the wash. Heat from the dryer can set the stain and make it even harder to get out.
  8. Repeat the last step if there is still sign of the foodie fail.

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Megan Wilson is a freelance writer and content creator based in Richmond, Virginia. As the editor of Sweet Sauce Blog, she writes about fashion, travel, self care and more.