06/11/2012 08:19 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

How To Clean Popsicle Stains Off Clothing... With Fruit

We can pretend that only kids drip melting popsicles all over their clothes, but let's face it, it happens to the best of us -- usually when we're wearing white and eating ice cream of the colorful variety. (Big Stick, anyone?) As common as a popsicle stain is, it can be difficult to get out when not treated right away. So the next time an ice-cold fruity dessert drips onto your lap, tackle the stain immediately with our easy tips.

If you're out and about and can't treat the stain right away, run it under cold water to wash off as much as possible. When you get home, pre-treat the stain with lemon juice. Just squeeze a few slices into a bowl with water and sponge on to the stain. The acidity in the lemon will break down any coloring. Or, mix one-part cold water and three parts hydrogen peroxide. Treat the stain with this solution using a soft-bristled brush. Let the solutions sit for half an hour and then launder as usual.

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