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I don’t particularly like doing laundry. It’s one of those jobs that I have to do once a week so I can get on to what I really want to be doing. So when I find a stain, I see it as an interruption. I know that it’s going to take longer to get the job done now.

But I really shouldn’t complain. When my husband’s grandma was raising six kids in a logging camp back in the 1930’s, getting stains out was hard work. First she carried water from the creek. Then she scrubbed their clothes on a washboard and ran them through the wringer. Finally, she boiled the clothing in a big pot of water on her wood-burning Monarch range to get the stains out.

Today, I can simply apply a stain-remover and I’m done. But if I don’t have any on hand, I can always fall back on a few home remedies that I’ve learned over the years.

For instance, when I was a little girl I watched Mom apply hairspray to the ink stains on Dad’s church shirts. I now do the same with my husband’s shirts. I just spray, blot and wash. And it works!

When our daughter got to the gum-chewing stage and I found a wad stuck in her jeans pocket, I remembered another of Mom’s tricks: ice cubes. Putting ice on the gum hardened it so that I could easily pick it off. I could then safely wash her jeans without gum getting on other clothes.

Another Technique

And when I accidentally dripped wax on my skirt, I remembered yet another technique: ironing it out. I placed paper towel on both sides of the garment and pressed the area with an iron set on low. Most of the wax melted onto the paper towel.

But there’s one type of stain that’s always been tough to get out—blood stains. I have soaked a garment in cold water, and if it was white, tried to bleach out the stain. But the results usually haven’t been too good.

Sometimes things other than clothes get “stained.” Our minds get stained when we think critical thoughts about someone. Our lips get stained when we speak words that hurt. Our eyes and ears get stained when we watch something that goes against the way we should live. And our hearts get stained when we choose our own desires over God’s.

Thankfully, Jesus removed our sin-stains 2,000 years ago. His stain remover was His own blood. Because He died on the cross in our place, He can make this promise in Isaiah 1:18, “If your sins are blood-red, they'll be snow-white. If they're red like crimson, they'll be like wool.”

Blood-red turned to snow-white? Amazing! Amazing grace that makes us clean and stain free.

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