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Holiday Party Disasters - Solved!

Easy remedies free you to focus on the fun

Holiday entertaining is fraught with potential disasters. But a cool head and the right products will keep a mini-crisis from becoming a major problem. Here are some quick and easy remedies from the American Cleaning Institute:

Disaster: Gravy on your new tablecloth.
Solution: If you can get to the stain while it's still wet, treat it with a stain removal wipe. Otherwise, pretreat it after dinner with a prewash stain remover. Launder in the hottest water that's safe for the fabric.
Disaster: Lots of guests leave the bathroom smelling less than fresh.
Solution: Take a multi task approach: toilet bowl cleaners in tablet or gel form for quick cleaning and fabric refreshers for bathroom window treatments.
Disaster: A mid-party spot on your favorite outfit.
Solution: If the garment is washable, as soon as the party's over, treat the spot with a stain removal stick. This puts the stain "on hold" and buys you up to a week until you can tackle the laundry. If the garment is dry-clean-only, take it to the drycleaner as soon as possible and let them know the cause of the stain.
Disaster: Germs just love to mingle at a party, spreading illness wherever they can.
Solution: Use disinfectant wipes to quick-clean countertops and food preparation surfaces. Keep them next to bathroom and kitchen sinks for easy use. Be sure there is soap at every sink. Replace cloth hand towels with pretty paper ones so germs get tossed in the wastebasket. And put hand wipes right next to the tissue box!
Disaster: Cigarette smoke and cooking odors linger long after the guests have left.
Solution: Open up the windows and let the fresh air in. Then spray fabric refresher on window treatments, upholstery, rugs and carpets.
Disaster: Red wine spilled on your sofa.
Solution: Gently blot up any liquid. Don't scrub or rub the spot. As soon as possible after the party, use an upholstery cleaner on the spot. Read and follow the directions before using.

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