It’s happened to me more times than I care to admit, and I’m betting it’s happened to you too: You’re wearing one of your favorite silk dresses, feeling snazzy. You look down and—bam—you realize you’ve somehow managed to get whatever you last ate all over your outfit. Embarrassing. And now your dress is ruined—or at the very least is going to require a pricey trip to the dry cleaner.
Or is it? Danica recently reported that not every item marked “dry clean-only” actually has to be dry-cleaned, and now thanks to designer Allison Sires, I’m starting to rethink my fatalistic attitude toward oil stains as well.
“If you get a greasy stain on silk, sprinkle some baby powder on the stain and let it sit for a half hour or so,” Sires recently recommended. “Then shake off the powder. Hopefully it’s absorbed the grease, and the stain is gone.”
Voila! Easy-peasy. Love this trick. But what if you’re not anywhere near a stash of baby powder?
According to “queen of clean” Heloise, artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet ‘N Low work just as well.