The 8 Best Tips For Keeping Your Whites Clean For Big Spillers Like Me, Thanks To The Cut

I've learned from personal experience that when you're wearing white, you can never be to careful. Enter the napkin bib, which I've employed on more than one occasion at restaurants (no shame in my game), especially when eating something particularly saucy. I am a spill magnet, and thanks to The Cut's tips for keeping your whites clean, I may just be able to ditch the pseudo-bib forever.

You know how in medicine, prevention is key? The same goes with stains. Before you even think of spilling that marinara sauce on your white skirt, consider spraying them with Scotchgard fabric and upholstery protector. The Cut explains that it takes only seconds to apply and dries instantly, so it's definitely an important pre-white-outfit ritual.

Of course, tips like keeping a stain stick handy and keeping baking soda close by make the cut (see what I did there?) as well. Sticks like Tide To Go and Resolve's pre-treat stain stick are lifesavers, and I like to keep one in my purse in case of emergencies. There's nothing worse than feeling your all-white-errthang outfit and then spilling buffalo chicken sauce all over it. Even small stains are like a bullseye for unwanted, unflattering attention.

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Perhaps the most useful tip I read in the bunch is air-drying your white jeans. I wear white jeans year-round (contrary to the no white after Labor Day rule), so I often find myself staining my white jeans from the winter sludge mix of salt, dirt, and mud. By the time I get to my destination, I look like a dirty Jackson Pollock painting. The best way to keep them looking crisp is to air dry them on a rack during a sunny day.

Like Carrie Bradshaw once said, "I will never be the woman with the perfect hair, who can wear white and not spill on it." But, I am the woman who most definitely will spill, but has the solutions to fix it, too.

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