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How to remove the toughest Christmas stains

Some of the best parts of Christmas time – glasses of red wine, boxes of chocolates, cosy candles, delicious gravy and scrummy cranberry sauce – just happen to cause some of the toughest stains. Don’t let soiled clothes ruin your merriment this festive season. Follow these quick and simple Christmas stain removal steps instead.

How to get chocolate stains out of clothes 

With stockings overflowing with chocolate coins and advent calendars that never seem to end, having chocolate squished into your favourite Christmas jumper is an inevitable part of the festive season. Luckily, this method makes chocolate stain removal simple.


  • Start by putting the garment into a plastic bag (with the stain facing outwards so it doesn’t spread to other areas) and popping it into the fridge or freezer until the chocolate stain
  • Then use the back of a spoon to scrape off as much of the excess chocolate as possible.
  • To finish learning how to get chocolate stains out of your favourite clothes or fabrics, wash the item in the washing machine as usual with a detergent that is tough on stains, like Persil Liquid Detergent.

How to remove wine stains

Deep scarlet red wine stains are some of the scariest of the bunch, but they needn’t be. Whether it’s port, red wine, or the less intimidating rosé, wine stain removal can be surprisingly easy if you follow this method.


  • Act as soon as possible. Keep the wine stain moist with white wine, soda water or regular tap water, ensuring the liquid is cool (warm or hot liquid will set the stain further).
  • Blot the stain with a cloth, cover it generously with regular table salt and leave the salt to absorb the wine.
  • Brush the salt off, soak the stain with more water and blot with a cloth. Apply Persil Liquid Detergent directly to the wine stain (ensuring that you follow the instructions on the pack), and work it into the stain with the Stain Eraser Ball.
  • Wash as usual in the washing machine and breathe a sigh of relief – learning how to remove wine stains isn’t that difficult after all!

How to remove gravy stains

Gravy is the best part of Christmas dinner … until it lands on your shirt, or the white tablecloth. Gravy stains can be particularly tricky to remove because they are a combination stain made of protein and grease. Both of these types of stain require different treatments, so it takes a little extra care to get the balance right. Read on to learn how to remove gravy stains with our easy method.


  • As with all stains, treat a gravy stain as soon as possible. Using the back of a spoon, scrape away as much of the gravy residue as you can. Remember to be gentle to avoid damaging the fabric.
  • Loosen the starchy ingredients in the gravy stain by soaking the fabric in cold water for 1-2 hours (don’t use warm or hot water as this will set the stain).
  • Next, deal with the greasy element of the stain by diluting a teaspoon of grease-busting Persil detergent with a cup of lukewarm water. Pre-test the solution on a small, hidden area of the fabric, before gently sponging the stain with it.
  • Finally, wash the garment in the washing machine with a good quality detergent like Persil.
  • If you’re the designated chef in the household, read this advice on How to Remove Butter from Nylon for help with other difficult stains you might get while preparing the Christmas roast!

How to remove a cranberry sauce stain

The ruby-red colour of cranberry sauce is what makes it so appetising, but it’s not so delicious when it’s splattered down your party outfit. The bright pigments of a cranberry sauce stain can make it difficult to remove, but don’t panic – these easy steps will have you back in the Christmas spirit in no time.


  • Act as quickly as possible so that the juice from the cranberry sauce doesn’t have time to sink into the fabric. This is the most important step in learning how to remove cranberry sauce. Stain removal techniques often require this process for wet stains so it’s something to keep in mind for other Christmas sauce stains too.
  • Remove the excess sauce by scraping the material gently with the back of a spoon or by dabbing it with a clean, dry cloth. Be careful not to spread it!
  • Flush the cranberry sauce stain thoroughly with a fast flow of cold water, making sure that the back of the stain is facing the flow of water to avoid contamination with the rest of the fabric.
  • Use your Stain Eraser Ball to work a small amount of Persil Liquid Detergent into the stain.
  • Finish by washing the garment in the washing machine as usual.

How to remove wax from clothes

Candles give a room an instant cosy and Christmassy feeling, but candle wax can get messy, especially if it’s spilt on your clothes. Removing wax from fabric is easy and hassle-free with these steps.


  • It’s crucial that you allow the candle wax to cool and harden first, however tempting it might be to start scrubbing immediately. Leave it until it’s completely set and then use the back of a spoon to gently start removing wax from the fabric.
  • To learn how to remove candle wax from clothes when it is stuck to the small fibres of the material, place a paper towel either side of the stained fabric. Then, add another, thinner, towel on top and use your iron to apply heat over the stained area.
  • The paper should absorb what’s left of the wax stain, leaving you with a refreshed garment. If the wax is coloured, or there is residue, work some Persil Liquid Detergent into the stain using the Stain Eraser Ball to help break it down.
  • Pop the garment in the washing machine as usual, and wash on your normal cycle.

There you have it! With these handy tips, no Christmas stain will ever get in the way of your festivities. Of course, it’s not just food and drink that can cause problems during this joyous occasion – sooty footprints or stains from glue, paint, and other crafts can also wreak havoc. Read our other stain removal tips, including How to Remove Soot from Wool, to make your Christmas stress- and stain-free.

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