One of the key dinner parties of the year is Christmas dinner. This year, I had two lovely friends and my two daughters to cook for. I went all out and cooked Beef Wellington (as a non beef eater, this was big), the perfect roast spuds, greens, made our usual profiterole tower, served gorgeous (antioxidant rich) red wine and bubbles. Everything was just perfect.
Bear with me as I turn back the clock to a week or so before, when I was at a friend’s house for a holiday gathering. Cocktails and vino were flowing. We were all standing around chatting, and somehow the hostess managed to pour red wine down herself without really knowing how it happened. It splattered on her new suede boots, her pure wool sweatery jacket and of course all over the floor. Someone grabbed what they could find and mopped it up with her fave tea towels, without thinking.
As we all stood there looking at the hostess, covered in red wine, everyone had a suggestion for how to deal with her boots, gorgeous sweatery jacket and tea towels. Someone said use white wine, someone said use soda, someone else said use OxiClean. Someone in the background said to just drink more wine! That got a chuckle and raised the worried mood for a moment.
Outside we went, with white wine and soda in hand. We started with the soda water, and can you believe it? Every last drop came out of her suede shoes and the wool of her jacket. We were amazed. I had heard that soda water worked well on red wine spills, but the proof was so cool to see.
Back in we went and showed everyone how well she cleaned up. Then we looked at the tea towels and decided that they were worth saving. (They were a One of A Kind show purchase the previous year). After some discussion amongst the guests, the verdict was to get out the OxiClean. The experts said to make a bucket of warm water, add the powder and put the tea towels in to soak. Those of us who hadn’t experienced either a red wine spill (mine makes it in my mouth) or OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover, were eager to see how it worked. About half an hour and an After Eight cocktail later, we all decided that we needed to see if it was as good as what the TV commercials showed.
We went to the bucket – cocktail in hand – and were blown away by what we saw. Or didn’t see. All the stains were gone. The tea towels were totally back to their original state; except a stain or two that were already there. So we decided to put them back in the bucket and see if the rest would come clean. I left shortly after that so heard through the grapevine that they ended up looking better than before the red wine! I was impressed.
Back to my Christmas Day: after preparing the Beef Wellington, and having my daughters creating (and learning how to create!) the profiterole tower, just about every one of my tea towels were either covered in fat, chocolate or other kitchen stains. I wasn’t happy, but that’s the price to pay for having my kids create what I’ve made myself over the years. I wasn’t about to start complaining in the middle of the festivities.
After all the plates were licked clean (the Wellington was outstanding), games were out and ready to play, I nipped downstairs to my laundry room and did as we had done a couple of weeks before. I got a bucket, filled it with warm water and poured in a scoop of OxiClean powder. I swirled it around until bubbles formed and put all my dirty, dirty tea towels in to soak. I felt like I should be filming it, as it was my own experiment.
I forgot about them until the next day. I thought I’d come back to some of the colour stripped too. Low and behold, all the white stripes were white, the turquoise strips as they should be. All the chocolate stains were gone. As with my friend’s towels, they were in better shape than before they were used to mop up chocolate from all surfaces, including small hands.
And will now have stain-free everything in my house!
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