Published on October 28, 2016 by Marc & Mandy

Halloween can be messy and often costumes will get stained. Use these DIY tips to get stains out easily!

Halloween Stain Removal Tips

Halloween is a scary time and not just for the regular things, ghosts, goblins, haunted houses but because of laundry stains. Melissa Maker gives us a few tips and tricks on how to get stains out of your little ones’ Halloween costumes.



Chocolate, pumpkin and caramel stains

The first step is to remove as much of the chocolate as you can, using a dull edged knife. Shake off the fragments of chocolate that you are able to chip off and then add a little bit of dish soap or laundry detergent depending on what you have handy at the time, and rub the soap or detergent into the stained area. After ten minutes of letting the garment sit, toss it in the laundry. If the stain won’t come off, treat this area again with hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. The combination will be two parts hydrogen peroxide to one part dish soap. Remember: avoid applying any heat to the stained garment because heat will set the stain.


Makeup stains

Use a dull edge, much like you would chocolate, and attempt to chip any dry or cracked areas off the garment. Next, put a towel underneath the garment so you don’t end up transferring the stain elsewhere. You can try using a make-up remover wipe, but beware that it may leave an oil stain, so be sure to test a small, inconspicuous area of the garment first. If make-up remover doesn’t work, try using rubbing alcohol on a piece of paper towel and gently dab the area. Do this slow and steady until the stain comes off. Then pre-treat and launder according to the material’s care instructions.

We certainly hope your Halloween is stain-free, but if it isn’t, enjoy these quick tips. Happy Trick-or-Treating.

Text by Zakiya Kassam


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