Orth Cleaners | How to Clean the Inevitable St. Patrick's Day Beer Stains
How to Clean the Inevitable St. Patrick's Day Beer Stains
By Elizabeth Uva
St. Patrick's Day

This St. Patrick's Day, you might have big plans to go out and celebrate the Irish way with a cold mug of beer. When you're at the bar or house party, you'll have a good time until somebody stumbles and manages to spill beer all over you.

If something distinctly unlucky happens to you, be prepared to pre-treat regular beer and green beer stains on your festive outfit. (Your "Kiss me I'm Irish" shirt won't look so cute with stains all over it.)

Sarah Aguirre, a housekeeping expert with About.com provides these beer stain removal tips:

Step 1: Rinse the beer stain thoroughly from the back of the clothing with cold water.

Step 2: Use a liquid detergent mixed with cold water and pour onto the beer stain. Allow the detergent to stand on the alcohol stain for at least five minutes.

Step 3: Rinse the stained area thoroughly.

Step 4: If the beer stain is really set in, you can try blotting the stained area with a one part vinegar / two parts water mixture. Vinegar will bleach clothing though, so you'll want to rinse this out immediately and thoroughly with warm water.

After these pre-treatment steps, contact Orth Cleaners so our experts can give your clothing a thorough going-over.

For more tips on dealing with St. Patrick 's Day stains, visit this column at About.com by Mary Marlowe Leverette.

Shoes Too Tight
Shoes Too Tight?

Comfort is key when it comes to footwear. Even if a pair of shoes or boots look great, you'll never wear them if the fit isn't right for the shape and size of your feet. It's not uncommon for a person to have a right foot and a left foot that differ by a half size or more, so one shoe might fit perfectly while its mate is slightly small. If you find that one or both shoes are a little tight, try this quick trick: put a plastic zip lock bag filled with water into your shoe and put it in the freezer. Since water expands when frozen, this process will stretch the shoe a bit. You may want to check on it as it is turning to ice to make sure you don't stretch it too far. After you decide the shoe is stretched enough, just break the ice out of your shoe and they'll fit like a glove!

- Kate Kliner