How To Remove Crawfish Stain From Washable Fabrics

January 24, 2023

Are you struggling to remove crawfish stains from your washable fabrics? Have you tried traditional cleaning methods but found them to be ineffective? Look no further, as we have a solution that will leave your fabrics looking as good as new. Keep reading to learn the step-by-step process for removing crawfish stains from your washable fabrics effectively and efficiently.




A reddish or orange stain with a slightly runny consistency when fresh.


Hot (120° to 140°F)


Hot water helps to remove any dirt or grime that may have accumulated on the fabric.

The Science Behind Crawfish Stains

Crawfish stains clothes because they contain a pigment called astaxanthin, which is a red-orange color. When the crawfish is cooked, the heat causes the astaxanthin to break down and release the pigments, which can then transfer onto clothing or other surfaces it comes into contact with. The pigments are also water-soluble, which means they can be easily transferred to clothing or other surfaces when they come into contact with moisture.

What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Crawfish Stains

  • A stain remover or laundry detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Step By Step Process To Remove Crawfish Stains

  1. Apply a stain remover or laundry detergent directly to the stain and rub it in with a brush or your fingers.
  2. Let the stain remover or detergent sit on the stain for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Soak the garment in cold water for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  4. Wash the garment in the washing machine on the hottest water setting that is safe for the fabric, with laundry detergent and white vinegar.
  5. Check the stain before drying the garment. If the stain is still visible, mix a solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 2 parts baking soda, and apply it to the stain. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then wash the garment again.
  • Make sure to always read the care label of the fabric before trying to remove stain, as some fabrics may require specific method of washing.

In Brief

Crawfish stains clothes due to the red-orange pigment called astaxanthin. To remove the stain, use a stain remover or laundry detergent, white vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. The best way to remove the stain is by treating it as soon as possible and following the step-by-step process I provided. Make sure to check the care label of the fabric before attempting to remove the stain.

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