The Most Troublesome Stains

Posted on: Mar 14, 2011 at 08:48
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CHEWING GUM: To remove chewing gum:  Rub stain with ice, or put garment in plastic bag and freeze.  Scrape or rub hardened gum out of cloth.


EGG:  Sponge with cold water.  If stain remains, sprinkle with pepsin powder.  Let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse.


Grass: If material is washable, work detergent into stain and rinse.  If stain remains, use hydrogen peroxide or chlorine bleach.  On washable fabrics, sponge with alcohol, if it is safe for the material.


Oil, Paint and Varnish: Treat quickly.  If material is washable, remove fresh stains by washing with plenty of soap.  If the stain has dried, soften it first by rubbing it in petroleum jelly.


Dyes and Running Colors:   If washable, soak material in cold water for several hours.  Wash in heavy suds, then dry in sun.  Bleaches can be effective on some white fabrics.


Mildew: Treat while spots are fresh.  Wash thoroughly and dry in sun.  Or moisten stain with lemon juice and salt and place in sun.

Greasy Stains:  If washable, rub detergent into the stain.  Then rinse with warm water.  If stain persists, try carbon tetrachloride.  Heavy substances such as pitch or asphalt should first be softened with petroleum jelly. 

If non-washable, use cornstarch or white talcum powder.  Dust powder on the spot to absorb grease, then brush it off. An effective paste-like cleaner can be formed by mixing a grease solvent or cleaning fluid with talcum powder.


Non-Greasy Stains: Sponge with cold water.  Then rub glycerin into the stain and let stand for 30 minutes or longer.  Rinse thoroughly with water and hang in the sun while dripping wet.

THE MOST TROUBLESOME STAIN:   We get rid of stains so we may have a clean, acceptable appearance. But there is something worse than stained clothes --- a stain that makes us unacceptable in God's sight.  That stain is SIN.

The Bible declares that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) And it takes just one sin to stain your soul and make you unfit for God's heaven.


But God offers a way--the only way--to completely cleanse the stain of sin, whether many or few. "Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool" (Isaiah 1:18).

The new testament gives unmistakably clear instructions for removing sin's stains.  First God identifies the only effective sin-eradicator:  "The blood of Jesus, his Son, purfies us from all sin." Then we are told how this wonderful cleansing is obtained.  "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:7,9). 

Receive the cleansing now !


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