How To Remove Blueberry Stain From Washable Fabrics
January 23, 2023
Are you tired of dealing with unsightly blueberry stains on your clothes after eating or cooking with blueberries? Don't let it ruin your favorite outfit, we've got the solution for removing those tough stains for you. Keep reading to learn how to remove blueberry stain from clothes.
Blue (or purple)
A dark blue or purple stain with a slightly sticky consistency when fresh.
Warm (85° to 105°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Warm water helps to loosen the stain and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Blueberry Stains
Blueberry stains clothes because it contains pigments called anthocyanins which are responsible for the blueberry's deep blue color. These pigments are water-soluble, meaning they dissolve in water and can easily be transferred to clothing when the blueberry comes into contact with it. These pigments can also be easily absorbed by fabric fibers, which makes it hard to remove the stains once they have set in. Additionally, blueberry also contains natural sugar and acid which can make the stain more persistent and harder to remove. To prevent blueberry stains on clothes, it is best off the stain immediately after it comes into contact with clothing.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Blueberry Stains
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Dish soap
- Laundry detergent
- Stain remover specifically formulated for berry stains (such as Oxiclean or Zout)
Step By Step Process To Remove Blueberry Stains
- Blot the stain with a clean, white cloth to remove as much excess blueberry juice as possible.
- Mix a solution of 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap in a cup of warm water.
- Using a clean, white cloth, apply the solution to the stain and work it in gently.
- Allow the solution to sit on the stain for 5-10 minutes.
- Rinse the area with warm water, and then wash the garment in the washing machine using the hottest water temperature recommended on the garment's label, with a regular amount of laundry detergent and additional 1/2 cup of stain remover specifically formulated for berry stains.
Note: Before applying any method, it's important to check the care label of the garment to ensure that the fabric can withstand the suggested temperature of water and the cleaning products. Also, test the solution on an inconspicuous area of the garment to check for colorfastness.
Blueberry stains on clothes occur due to pigments called anthocyanins which are responsible for the blueberry's deep blue color. These pigments are water-soluble, meaning they dissolve in water and can easily be transferred to clothing when the blueberry comes into contact with it. To remove the stain, use white vinegar, baking soda, dish soap, laundry detergent, and a stain remover specifically formulated for berry stains. Mix the solution, apply it to the stain and work it in gently, allow it to sit for a few minutes and rinse the area with warm water and wash the garment with laundry detergent and stain remover. Check the care label of the garment and test the solution on an inconspicuous area.
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