The 4th of July is a time to celebrate. With all the cookouts, picnics and bonfires, it’s no surprise this mid-summer holiday is a favorite for so many. Enjoy all the food, fun and fireworks this Independence Day plus freedom from these common 4th of July stains with tips on how to get BBQ sauce out of clothes, remove campfire smells and more.

How to remove BBQ sauce

If you’re wondering how to get BBQ sauce out of clothes, you’re not alone. The 4th of July is the No. 1 holiday of the year for grilling. Delicious, sticky BBQ sauce goes on just about anything—including your hands, face — and oops! — right down the front of your shirt.

To keep BBQ stains from setting, carefully scoop off any excess, then run cold water through the back of the stain. Apply a small amount of liquid detergent (or soap if detergent isn’t available) and gently rub the stain with your fingers. Let the detergent soak in for 10 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Apply a stain remover as soon as possible and then launder as normal. Make sure the stain is gone before placing your clothing in the dryer as drying will set the stain. For stubborn spots, household staples like hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar or lemon juice can be used to bleach the stain out—just test on a hidden area first.

How to remove sunscreen stains

SPF is must for outdoor celebrations. Many sunscreens contain an agent called avobenzone. That same chemical that protects us from the sun’s harmful rays can leave behind an orangish-brown residue on clothing—especially on whites and synthetics. You can help avoid these tough-to-remove stains by allowing sunscreen to dry completely before dressing. But if you have to reapply sunscreen during the day, follow these simple steps if your clothes stain.

Immediately remove any excess sunscreen. If you can’t launder immediately, sprinkle with talcum powder, cornstarch or even sand from the beach to help absorb the oils. As soon as possible, pretreat the stained area by applying a stain remover or liquid detergent. Work into the stain with your fingertips or a soft-bristled brush. Allow to soak for 15 minutes and then wash as usual. Stubborn stains may require multiple washes so be sure the stain is completely gone before tossing in the dryer.

How to get campfire smell out of clothes

If you’re headed to the great outdoors or even your own backyard this 4th of July, chances are you may enjoy a campfire. Get rid of that lingering smoky smell with these tips.

Launder smoky-smelling clothes in hot water. It’s the most effective at removing unwanted odors. Add one-cup of white vinegar or ½-cup baking soda (along with your favorite smelling detergent) to the wash. Both of these common household items have natural deodorizing powers. One cycle ought to do it but repeat if necessary. For more helpful tips, check out our blog post on how to get campfire smell out of clothes.