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Life's Little Messes



Life's Little Messes
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.76

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     challenging words:    bloodstain, hairspray, peroxide, life, tips, cornstarch, hydrogen, minutes, working, works, happen, soak, follow, pair, able, check


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Life's Little Messes
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     Life can be messy and accidents happen all the time. It's easy to get stains on your clothes. It isn't always easy to get those stains out. THere are some things you can do if you don't want to get rid of your favorite clothes.
 
2     One of the best ways to get rid of any stain is to take care of it right away. If you can, take off the clothing and throw it into the washer. Wash the stained clothes in cold water. Check it before you put it in the drier. If the stain didn't come out, wash the clothing again.
 
3     Before you try any idea to treat a stain, test it on a spot on the shirt that people can't see. This way you know if it will make the shirt stain or change colors. You don't want a small stain to turn into a big problem.
 
4     A lot of people get gum on their clothes. It's easy to do. People don't always throw their gum in the garbage. They leave it in places where people can step in it or even sit in it.
 
5     If you get gum on your clothes, you should be able to get it out. The first thing you want to do is get the gum really cold. Take an ice cube and hold it over the gum until it is almost frozen. Then take a knife and scrape as much of the gum off the shirt as you can. Wash the shirt in cold water.

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