How to Remove Fruit Stains from Your Clothing
Nothing says summer like a plate of bright, delicious, juicy fruit. While eating fruit is the perfect way to indulge in a healthy snack, it can easily lead to unsightly stains on your clothing. Remember, little ones are notorious for landing up with more food on their clothes than in their mouths! Sweet red strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and peaches can all leave their mark on yours and your kids’ wardrobe if you don’t act quickly. This article will advise you on how to remove the most common fruit stains, from whole fruit to, fruit juice, or even fruit sorbet.
Treating the Fruit Stain
If possible, the first thing that you should do if you spill fruit on your clothing is go to a private place and remove the garment so that you can clean it properly. Then:
- Scrape any remaining chunks of fruit from your garment with a knife or nail file, being sure to scrape upwards to prevent the fruit from smearing more deeply into the fabric.
- Run very cold water over the stain, allowing the water to pass fully through the fabric. If you’re quick enough, you might see some of the stain loosen and dissolve – a good sign!
- Continue to run water through the fabric, while beginning to rub the fabric with a sponge (or if you don’t have one, with your fingers) to loosen the stain. Be careful not to rub the fabric too vigorously or you may cause damage.
- Now use a stain-stick or spot stain remover, if you have one.
- Be sure to try the stain-stick on the corner of your garment first to check that it doesn’t damage the fabric.
- Then, simply apply the stain remover to the affected area.
- Rinse with water. You should see the stain stick working almost immediately.
Using the right products is key for removing messy fruit stains. Using a good detergent like OMO Ultra can also help aid the cleaning process along and produce effective results. Just read the directions on your garment’s care label before using and laundry detergents or stain removers of any kind.
Washing out the Fruit Stain
While prompt action can help stop permanent stains in their tracks, it may take a little more work to remove the stain completely:
- Place the item of clothing in your washing machine. Always remember to look at the care label on your clothing in order to ensure that you wash it on the appropriate cycle to avoid any unnecessary damage.
- Wash the garment at an appropriate temperature – hot washes are not suitable, as they can set fruit stains.
- Consider using a laundry detergent specially designed for stain removal like Persil small & mighty bio . Biological laundry detergents containing enzymes may be best, as they find it easier to break up sugars.
- If your garment is white, consider using a small amount of bleach in the wash – lemon juice or white vinegar are good natural alternatives. Be careful – don’t use this solution if you have any other items of a different colour in your washing machine.
- If the stain is still there after the wash, plunge the item of clothing straight into a bucket of detergent and water, and leave to soak overnight.
- Avoid drying the garment before the stain is removed as this could set the stain for good.
- In the morning, wash the garment for a second time and the stain should disappear.
What are your fruit stain removal tips? Have you tried any of ours and did they work for you?