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How to Get Tomato Sauce Out of Clothes

It’s a scenario that’s all-too-familiar: you’re having a braai or cooking with the family, and someone gets tomato sauce on their shirt. The red mark shines like a beacon and you wonder how you’ll ever get your clothes clean again, but actually, removing tomato sauce stains isn’t all that difficult. Next time some sauce shoots out of your boerewors roll, just follow these steps on how to get tomato sauce stains out of clothes and grab another boerie roll from the braai.

How to remove tomato sauce stains

A lot of the time,  tomato sauce stains look worse than they are – especially if the familiar red marks have appeared on a white summer blouse or crisp shorts. The important step to learn how to remove tomato sauce stains is acting quickly. Dried tomato sauce is harder to get off.

  1. Scrape off excess tomato sauce with a spoon. Then dab the area with a damp cloth, taking care not to spread the stain. This should remove most of the damage.
  2. Pre-treat the area with detergent. This is a lot easier than you might think. Take a detergent designed to remove stains, like OMO Auto Washing Liquid, and apply it directly to the mark. Check the labels first to make sure it is suitable for the fabric you’re treating.
  3. Work at the stain gently. Use either an old toothbrush or a wet cloth to help the detergent penetrates the fibres.
  4. Wash the clothes as normal. Measure a dose of detergent with the cap of your OMO Auto Washing Liquid  and wash the item by hand or in the machine at a cool 30°C. Check the garment care tag to see if machine washing is suitable first.
  5. Check the stain is removed. If there are a few marks, return to step 3.
  6. Dry your clothing. Hang garment out to dry and enjoy your tomato sauce-free item of clothing. 

Now that you know how to get tomato sauce out of clothes, there’s no need to panic next time you have an accident. Just relax and go through the steps above and get back to spending time with your family and friends.