A spoon holding up some tomato sauce.

How to Remove Pasta Sauce Stains

We all know what they say about tomato sauce and white clothing – the two are almost magnetic, aren’t they? Luckily, these stains are never quite as bad as they look, and removing pasta sauce stains from clothing is a cinch if you know how. Here’s how to get rid of pasta sauce stains with ease.

How to get pasta sauce out of clothes

The key to removing a pasta sauce stain is to act fast – these stains are much easier to remove when they’re fresh. If the stain hasn’t had the decency to arrive in the comfort of your own home, blot it with a damp cloth as soon as possible and try to keep it wet until you have the chance to deal with it. Here’s how to remove pasta sauce stains:

  1. Get rid of as much sauce as possible. Use a spoon or a butter knife to scrape away any chunks of mince, tomato or anything else, and then blot it with a clean cloth or a piece of kitchen towel.

  2. Place the pasta sauce stain under the tap. As with any stain that needs flushing out, you’ll need to hold the garment back to front during this step, directing a stream of cold water on to the back of the stain to help remove the sauce from the fabric.

  3. Apply an effective pre-treatment. OMO really comes into its own when you’re thinking about how to get pasta sauce out of clothes – these stains are protein-based, so the enzymes in OMO will break them down easily, even at a low temperature. 

    Apply the detergent to the stain and rub it in gently with an old, clean toothbrush. Leave it to work for a few minutes, then pop the garment in the washing machine.

  4. Wash as usual. Check the instructions on the garment care label to be sure, but with a stain like this, it’s better to wash at a lower temperature. The formulation of OMO Auto Washing Liquid works best at around 30C but for this particular stain  a cool wash is actually the better solution. 

You might need to look into a different stain removal method if you’re thinking about how to get rid of pasta sauce stains on more delicate fabrics. If the fabric is machine-safe, try the method above and run on a delicate setting. If not, take the garment to a specialist cleaner: they’ll be able to advise you on what to do.

And that’s how to get rid of pasta sauce stains! The next time you’re served a delicious-looking plate of spaghetti and happen to be wearing a white shirt, you can relax – whatever happens, OMO’s got your back (and front)!

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