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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)!