How to remove mustard stains from clothes

By | June 27, 2016

Removing mustard stains

Mustard is a commonly used condiment in many recipes and spilling a little of it on any piece of fabric will give a stain. Mustard stains are strong and often difficult to remove and more so if it has dried.

Food recipes with mustard often have oil within them, which makes the stain even stronger. The situation is even worse if the garment is white in color, like a white shirt.

mustard stain on clothes
Sometimes it might be even impossible to completely remove the stain. Therefore its best to take immediate action on the stain without even a minutes delay.

Here are some simple methods to treat mustard stains in order to reduce and remove them. You can try using warm or little hot water with the methods shown below. Warm/hot water helps in releasing many kind of food stains.

1. Try Glycerine

Apply a little glycerine to the stain area and gently rub. Leave it for few minutes. Then dab it with a piece of wet cotton ball or washcloth.

Some of the stain would be absorbed by the washcloth. This will reduce the stain if not remove it completely. After this step you can try other methods to eliminate the stain completely.

2. Try liquid laundry detergent

Dab the stain with a liquid laundry detergent, and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. After that rinse with cold water. Repeat the process till no more of the stain can be removed.

Apart from liquid laundry detergent you can also try liquid dish washing liquid. Afterwards wash the clothing as usual.

3. Vinegar with detergent

Vinegar is an excellent cleaner for many kind of stains on clothings. So use it with detergent to fix the mustard stain.

Mix about 1 tablespoon of plain white vinegar with 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in 1 cup of water. Soak the stain with this solution and allow it to stay for about 10-15 minutes. Dab gently to see if the stain is loosening. Keep like that till no more stain is coming out. Then rinse with plain water.

Vinegar works well for stain. However fabrics like Linen do not go well with vinegar or lemon juice and might get damaged. Make sure to check the fabric type and also reach the cleaning instructions on the label.

If you do not have vinegar at home, then try rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol acts as a solvent and can be used to remove stains from clothes very effectively.

4. Commercial Stain removal products

Take some “Biz” powder and make a paste with little water. Apply it on the stain and leave it overnight. Next day, wash as usual. The stain should be gone.

Another useful product is the Clorox Stain fighter pen. However first apply it to some hidden part of the fabric to ensure colorfastness.

Other popular stain removers are –

Biz –
Clorox Stain fighter pen –
Zout Stain Remover –

Any of those should work well to remove the mustard stains from your clothes.

Extra tips and advice

Mustard stains are known to be the most difficult ones to remove. The above shown home remedies can work well for light stains on washable fabrics like cotton or polyester.

However if the stain falls on some fabric that is not easily washable or dry-clean only, then you should avoid trying any of the above methods yourself. Instead, take the garment to some cleaning professional.

When ever applying any kind of cleaning solution to a fabric, always make sure to first check the fabric type and read the cleaning instructions on the label to ensure that the cleaning method is safe for the fabric and will not spoil it.

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