Holiday Stains: Eggnog

The holidays are a time to indulge. With more food, treats, and alcohol being consumed, there's often a lot more spills and stains during the Christmas season. In our next “Let’s Talk Textile Care” series, our team of expert stain removers will be tackling how to remove the most common holidays stains. Today, we’ll start with one of the most popular Christmas drinks – eggnog – a delicious combination of egg yolks, sugar, nutmeg, cream, and sometimes bourbon. Did you know that eggnog originated from the Medieval Age? It was a warm, creamy, ale-like drink enjoyed by monks in toasts to celebrate good health.

How to Remove Eggnog Stains from Your Clothes 

If you spill eggnog on your pants or favourite ugly Christmas sweater, here's what to do. First, dab the stain with a clean paper towel or cloth towel. Tip: do not rub the stain, this will only push the stain further into the fibres of your clothes. Next, soak your garment in cold water and then dab the stain with an enzymatic laundry detergent. Eggnog is a protein stain and needs to be broken down by a detergent with enzymes. If the stain does not come out, consider taking your garment to a professional. As always, we recommend bringing valuable or nostalgic garments to a dry cleaner like Gibson's. 

How to Remove Eggnog Stains from Your Area Rug or Carpet 

Similar to removing eggnog stains from your clothes, grab a clean paper towel or cloth and dab the rug to sponge up any excess liquid.  Next, flush the stain with cold water. Mix two cups of warm water with 1 teaspoon of enzymatic laundry detergent in a spray bottle. Continue to dab the stain. If the stain does not lift, schedule an area rug cleaning as eggnog can attract moths and create further damage. Our area rug cleaning service comes with free pick up and delivery and is available across the Greater Toronto Area. Whether you live in Brampton, Oakville, Etobicoke, Downtown Toronto, or Mississauga, our team is ready to pick up your area rug, free of charge. 

Armed with this information, it’s time to celebrate. Here’s our favourite eggnog recipe. Good luck and Happy Holidays! 

Linley McConnell

Written by Linley McConnell