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Is it common to spill food down your front?

(44 Posts)
Glorybee Wed 16-Sep-20 18:50:24

Not common as in ‘as muck’, but a regular occurrence for GNers? Even with great care both at home when eating out, a spillage happens often to both me and DH. We have both been brought up to eat properly with closed mouths etc but it still happens. As I’ve got older, I’m not so embarrassed about it as I used to be if it happens when we’re out, although obviously it’s not a good look. I sometimes wear a tea towel bib if I’m eating soup at home!

maddyone Wed 16-Sep-20 18:52:03

My mother does it almost every meal, but she is 92. She also has a big bosom which probably gets in the way.

Grandmabatty Wed 16-Sep-20 18:54:22

I used to reckon I had a hole in my lip as soup always seemed to spill down my front.

Glorybee Wed 16-Sep-20 18:56:57

I forgot to mention, I haven’t even got big boobs as an excuse!

Doodle Wed 16-Sep-20 19:00:20

I do it all the time. Clean top, first meal oops 😱

kittylester Wed 16-Sep-20 19:42:32

Very common but dont do as my bil does and wear the stained top again.

We tend to eat in dressing gowns if we eat on our laps!!

merlotgran Wed 16-Sep-20 19:45:14

DSiL once sat near Prince Philip at a Navy dinner and was amused to see food stains on the front of uniform.

ayse Wed 16-Sep-20 19:46:32

I can almost guarantee that if I eat chocolate, tomato sauce or curry with a light coloured garment, I’ll make a mess in a visible place how ever hard I try. This has been going on for years. No other foodstuffs seem to cause these problems. 😬

annodomini Wed 16-Sep-20 19:50:30

I have so many tops with the visible evidence that I'm a messy eater! Can one ever get rid of the faint stains on cotton tee shirts? Eating at home, I tuck a napkin in at the neck of my top. Difficult to get away with that when eating out, unfortunately.

HurdyGurdy Wed 16-Sep-20 19:54:41

I used to share an office and when I came back from lunch my colleague used to say, "now, let me look at your top, so I can see what you've had for lunch" grin

Every time! No matter how careful.

I'm not quite so bad now, but still regularly find drips on my tops

GrannyGravy13 Wed 16-Sep-20 20:01:09

Have just returned from our local pub for white top is in soak in laundry sink 🤣🤣🤣

Pittcity Wed 16-Sep-20 20:08:18

All DH's tee shirts have grease stains in the same spots.

Kamiso Wed 16-Sep-20 20:19:13

I have taken to putting on a pinafore before eating as I often eat sitting on the settee whilst watching tv. My OH is posher than me and likes to sit at the dining table.

Men who live alone sometimes seem to have the remains of several meals down their front. It does get harder when your sight isn’t quite so sharp.

Jaxjacky Wed 16-Sep-20 20:35:59

Yoghurts, not sure why, but every time....

Glorybee Wed 16-Sep-20 20:43:05

Kamiso - ‘I have taken to putting on a pinafore before eating as I often eat sitting on the settee whilst watching tv’

I quite like that idea, although I’d probably forget to remove it when someone came to the door!

MissAdventure Wed 16-Sep-20 20:48:12

Yes, I always do it.
I take it as evidence of embracing the act of eating wholeheartedly.

Nonogran Wed 16-Sep-20 21:25:03

It's a constant issue for me. That's why I always call to my chap "Have I got a napkin?" Because for sure I'm going to drop half my meal down my front. He sorts out the table or trays so he's napkin (linen of course) monitor! I'm glad it's a more common issue than I thought! Thanks

Jayt Wed 16-Sep-20 22:31:41

DH and I use tea towels every meal when we are at home and refer to them as our “bibs”. I am big busted and that’s my excuse, but I’m inclined to think it’s more a matter of age and hands less steady than they used to be. When we are eating out, I try to eat something with very little sauce/liquid so that I don’t embarrass myself. Sadly, stains are quite difficult to get out of some materials

Maggiemaybe Wed 16-Sep-20 22:45:54

I’m not blessed with a particularly ample bosom, so spillages usually miss the clothes, but I am prone to splattering, particularly when eating tomatoes or oranges.

However, toothpaste always manages to find my bust area (I blame the over-vigorous electric toothbrush). I’ve taken to brushing my teeth before I get dressed in a morning to save on laundry.

twiglet77 Wed 16-Sep-20 22:47:51

Yes! I seem incapable of drinking tea or coffee without getting a drip on my top.

MissAdventure Wed 16-Sep-20 22:49:24

I always get bleach/ cleaner on my clothes, too. Along my stomach.

Grandmafrench Wed 16-Sep-20 23:02:10

Put the clothing on a flat surface and pour a little cold water on the stain to soak the material. Then give it a good scrub with a Vanish soap bar. I do all my chair cushion covers like this - on all marks. Works a treat. Then put the clothes in the washing machine with powder, wash tab or whatever.
Only thing I struggle with is tomato in any form. This might take a couple of treatments to lift the stain.

Electric toothbrushes definitely need to be used before dressing!

aggie Wed 16-Sep-20 23:35:52

Hang anything with tomato or curry stains out in the sun , it gets rid of them !

Cabbie21 Wed 16-Sep-20 23:53:24

DH is very messy, me, not so much, just sometimes.
He uses a napkin, so clothes aren’t messed up, but insists on a white linen one, even though I offered an easy care alternative. It is a pain to wash. I use Vanish first. Then it needs ironing, but I refuse to starch it.

mokryna Wed 16-Sep-20 23:56:12

This is the moment that we find out how truthful the adverts are. I now wear colourful tops and plain bottoms.
This summer I had to throw out 8 of my DGD’s white t shirts as stain removers, white vinegar nor sun worked and bleach marked. However the white polos my DGSs wore washed very well.