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How to get pasta sauce out of clothes

Eating pasta can sometimes feel like tempting fate. We’ve all had that moment when, just as you lift a forkful of spaghetti up to your mouth, a rogue strand escapes and slaps sauce straight down your front. Luckily, with the right Bolognese sauce stain removal advice, you’re not destined to live with these marks forever – here’s what to do. 

How to get rid of pasta sauce stains

It’s best to start removing pasta sauce stains from clothing as soon as you spot them, since they’re much easier to shift when they’re still fresh. If you’re in a restaurant or at a friend’s house (somewhere you can’t slip away from for a little light laundry) just try to keep the stain wet with a damp cloth until you get home. 

Ready to start? Here’s how to get pasta sauce out of clothes: 

  1. Remove as much sauce as you can. Scrape away any chunks of vegetables or mince using a dull knife or an old card. Once they’re gone, dab the area with a cloth or some kitchen towel.
  2. Rinse with cold water. Hold the stained area under the tap, making sure that the water is flowing from the back of the stain to the front. This will help to force the stain out of the fabric.
  3. Pre-treat the stain. OMO Ultimate Liquid is a particularly handy product for anyone wondering how to get spaghetti sauce stains out of clothes.

    This type of stain is protein-based, which means that the enzymes in OMO Ultimate will break the stain down quite easily. Apply a small amount of OMO to the stained area and rub it in carefully with the Stain Eraser Ball or a clean toothbrush. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, before popping the piece of clothing into the washing machine. 
  4. Wash as normal. It’s usually better to wash a stain like this at a low temperature – ideally around 30 degrees to help OMO’s enzymes do their best work. You’ll also be doing the environment a favour too, since less heat means less energy used. Do check the label on your clothing first, though, since some fabrics need to be washed at even lower temperatures. 

If you’re wondering how to get rid of spaghetti sauce stains from delicate fabrics, such as silk and lace, it’s worth checking the label to find the best approach:

  • Items that are machine washable can handle the method above, swapping OMO Ultimate for a detergent specifically designed for silk. 
  • You can do the same with ‘Hand wash only’ items, with the added step of swapping the machine wash for a bit of elbow grease. 
  • If the garment’s care label says ‘dry clean only’, it’s best to take it to a specialist cleaner: they’ll know just what to do. 

That’s it – all you need to know about how to get pasta sauce out of clothes! Next time you’re cooking up a storm, you and your family don’t need to worry about staining your outfits. Just sit back and enjoy your pasta. Buon appetito!