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How to Remove Thanksgiving Stains: 4 Common Tips

The holiday season has finally arrived. While excitement is building, these celebrations can pose problems when it comes to keeping a clean home. With Thanksgiving coming up, you need to prepare for some tough stains. 

Whether it be turkey gravy or red wine spills, it can be a real challenge to keep your clothing, carpeting, and furniture clean during the holidays. Luckily, Charlie’s Soap has several products that can help you wash away tough Thanksgiving stains. Even better, we have the expertise to guide you through Thanksgiving mess emergencies! 

How to Remove Thanksgiving Stains


Gravy spills contribute to some of the most notorious Thanksgiving stains.

 Thanksgiving gravy recipes contain a good deal of turkey fat. While turkey “drippings” have tons of great flavor, they directly contribute to the staining power of gravy. Fear not; gravy stains can be cleaned from most fabrics if you follow the right steps

To start with, scrape the stain’s surface with a dull knife to remove the excess gravy from the material. After that, apply a liquid laundry detergent directly to the gravy stain and gently scrub it with a soft brush. Charlie’s Soap Natural Laundry Liquid Detergent works well for this job. 

Allow the detergent to soak for 20 minutes, then rinse it away with hot water. 

Cranberry Sauce 

While cranberry sauce is one of the most classic Thanksgiving dinner sides, it can leave nasty stains. If you happen to spill cranberry sauce on your clothing or carpet, there are a few steps you can take to salvage the material.   

To begin with, combine “one tablespoon of white vinegar with ⅔ cups of rubbing alcohol.” Next, dab the stain with the alcohol and vinegar mix using a clean towel. After that, continue blotting the cranberry stain until the sauce is pulled from the fabric. 

Repeat the above steps as necessary until the cranberry sauce stain is gone. 

Red Wine 

Red wine is notorious for causing tough stains. A favorite method for cleaning red wine stains is to use salt

First of all, hold the red wine-stained fabric beneath cold running water. After that, gently blot the stain with a clean cloth to absorb excess wine. Next, add a good amount of salt to the red wine stain. Wait for a few minutes and flush the stain again with cold water. Finally, dab the stain with a clean towel until it is fully removed. 

Repeat the above steps as necessary until the red wine is washed away. 


Butter is an important condiment for any Thanksgiving feast. Whether you serve it with an appetizer or the main course, butter is a great complement to warm bread and rolls. 

While everybody loves butter, it can leave a dark stain on your favorite holiday clothes or decorations. 

To treat a butter stain on furniture, use a dull knife to scrape off much loose butter as possible. Next, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the butter stain. Following that, let the baking soda work into the stain for around 15 minutes. Next, vacuum the stain to pull the baking soda and butter up off the fabric. Finally, gently blot the stain with a stain remover. 

Repeat the last two steps as necessary. 

Happy Thanksgiving from Charlie’s Soap! 

At Charlie’s Soap, we have a lot to be thankful for. Not only do we have a business that we are immensely proud of, but we also have the greatest customers on earth. While we are at home celebrating Thanksgiving with our families, we will be sure to keep all of you in mind. 

In the event that your Thanksgiving dinner leads to tough stains, be sure to have a look at our product line. 

Try Charlie’s Soap Products

Charlie’s Soap has several products that are essential for any holiday clean-up kit. If you get a tough stain on your clothing, be sure to try our Biodegradable Laundry Pre-Stain Stain Remover. In the event that you spill gravy, wine, or cranberry sauce on your floor or furniture, Charlie’s Soap Indoor & Outdoor Surface Cleaner will do the trick.


Check out Charlie’s Soap Black Friday Sale

Charlie’s Soap is offering 20% off all products for Black Friday. Be sure to visit our website from November 25th – December 1st and use the coupon code: cyberweekend21. 

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