How to remove blueberry stains from clothes

By | July 12, 2016

Remove blueberry stains from clothes

The deep purple colors of blueberry are nicely visible the moment they stain some light colored fabric like a white shirt or cream color trouser. The stains are little bit stronger than other fruit colors and need extra effort and patience to remove.

While kids are eating a bowlful of blueberries or some blueberry smoothie recipe, they will end up feeding a little of it to their clothes. The juice of the fruit and the sugar content starts to set into the fabric fibers very quickly, developing stains. The sooner you treat them, easier they are to remove.

Common household cleaners like vinegar or alcohol can do a wonderful job in cleaning the stain if it is fresh and has not dried up yet. Fresh stains can be dissolved directly in a number of cleaning liquids and pulled out of the fabric almost instantly. It however gets tougher if the stain has dried up going unnoticed for several hours.

1. Rinse in water

If the stain is fresh, flush the fabric in plain water under the tap on in a washing tub. Doing so will release some of the blueberry juice into the water and make the stain lighter. Keep doing for a few minutes till no more color is being removed.

Now you need to take some action on the remaining stain.

2. Rubbing alcohol

Alcohol has this property of dissolving many coloring pigments found in natural and synthetic substances. Just get some rubbing alcohol and spray over the stain. Gently dab with a cotton ball or sponge.

You should notice the purple stains coming out over to the cotton. Keep doing so till you can pull out as much of the stain as possible. It should work even with dried stains.

Rinse again in fresh water. Apply rubbing alcohol again and see if it has any effect or not. If alcohol seems to have done all its work, continue with the next remedy. If the stain has gone away entirely, launder the garment as usual.

If you do not have alcohol at home, try glycerine. It can also dissolve coloring pigments in fruit stains. Another alternative is aftershave lotion.

3. Vinegar

Vinegar is yet another universal cleaner for fabric stains. The acetic acid breaks down the organic compounds in the food matter and eliminate the stain.

However, before applying vinegar make sure that the fabric can withstand it. Delicate fabrics like silk are not supposed to be washed with vinegar. But cotton and polyester should be just fine.

Soak the stain in a solution of 2 parts water with 1 part plain white vinegar. The stain colors should start dissolving in the water and come out of the fabric. Let it sit for few minutes, till the entire stain is gone or there is no more progress.

Another trick is to add a teaspoon of dish washing liquid to this washing solution. After this step, the stain should be completely gone, and you can then wash the fabric as usual with detergent.

If you do not have vinegar at home, try applying a paste of lemon juice and salt. Lemon juice is similar to vinegar.

4. The Borax method

Borax can also be used to lift out fruit stains from fabrics. Make a small amount of paste of 3 parts borax with 1 part water and spread it over the stain. Dab and rub gently with your fingers.

Let the paste do its work for about 10-15 minutes and then rinse. The stain should be gone or significantly reduced.

5. Commercial stain removers

It the stain is very old and dried for a long time or if the fabric has been ironed the stain might become kind of permanent. Natural remedies like alcohol and vinegar may no longer have any effect on such stains.

To deal with such stains try one of those commercial stain removers. On amazon you can find almost all the popular stain remover products. Here are some of the popular ones –

1. Shout Laundry Stain Remover – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007W29I6Q
2. Oxi Clean

Oxi Clean is a very popular stain remover that comes in both powder and spray liquid forms. Just pre-treat the stain with it and hold for few minutes. Rinse with water and the stain should be gone.

Extra tips

Whenever applying any cleaning solution, always do a spot test to check the colorfastness of the fabric. Apply the solution to some inconspicuous part of the fabric first and check if the dye color remains intact.

If nothing is available, you can just try to pre-treat the stain with plain dish washing liquid or laundry detergent. First rinse the stain in water and then apply some dish soap on it and let it sit for few minutes. This will loosen the stain so that it comes out completely in the next wash.

Hydrogen peroxide can also be used on such stains, if it is safe for the fabric. Read the fabric label for washing instructions first. Always use low concentration hydrogen peroxide solution and mix water in equal parts to dilute it further.

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