So now I’m cleaning up the holiday mess and wondering how to get stains out of the good tablecloth. Thankfully I have some tricks up my sleeve.

Here are some common stains and the keys to their removal. Now you too can be a stain guru, a shining star if you will! By the way, why does make-up stay on towels but not on your face?

Cranberry -1 cup water + 1 tbsp of clear detergent

Ball point ink-rubbing alcohol on washcloth and rubbed in

Collar lines- shampoo because after all it is hair grease

Blood- water rinse, then ¼ cup salt and 2 c water, then a wash and a rinse

Blood- if it is your own, a little of your own saliva (an old trick quilters use)

Is our obsession with stain removal subliminal? Is there something in us that wants to be cleansed but we can’t get as clean and pure as we like? Is that why we focus on scrubbing everything else?

Isaiah 64:6-We’ve sinned and kept at it so long! Is there any hope for us? Can we be saved? We’re all sin-infected, sin-contaminated. Our best efforts are grease-stained rags. We dry up like autumn leaves— sin-dried, we’re blown off by the wind (MSG).

The Lord Jesus Christ offers a stain removal kit that removes every guilty stain.

1 John 1:8-10- If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Prayer: Father God, please show us our spots, cleanse us, and never let us forget your generosity in doing so. Amen.

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