Ketchup stains can be a nightmare to remove, especially if left untreated for too long. But don't worry, with the right approach, you can easily remove these stains and restore your clothes to their original condition. Whether it's a fresh or dried ketchup stain, these tips will help you get rid of the stains effectively. Keep reading to learn more about how to remove ketchup stains from clothes and enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about ruining your clothes.
These stains appear as discoloration of the fabric that is usually red in color. They can be sticky or dry to the touch and may have a slightly sweet or tangy smell. These stains are often caused by spills or splashes of ketchup or other similar tomato-based sauces.
Warm (85° to 105°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Warm water helps to break down the ketchup and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Ketchup Stains
Ketchup stains on clothes happen when the red pigments in the ketchup, called lycopene and beta-carotene, come into contact with the fibers of the fabric. These pigments can stick to the fibers and cause a stain. Additionally, the acidic nature of ketchup can also cause staining on clothes. The acidity can cause the fibers in the fabric to break down, making the stain more difficult to remove. The ketchup also contains sugar and salt which can attract moisture and bacteria, making the stain even harder to remove.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Ketchup Stains
Stain remover spray or laundry detergent
Step By Step Process To Remove Ketchup Stains
Blot up as much of the ketchup as possible with a clean cloth or paper towel.
Apply a small amount of dish soap to the stain and gently rub it in. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Mix a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar. Apply the solution to the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Mix a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
If the stain is still present, apply a small amount of lemon juice to the stain and gently rub it in. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Rinse the garment with cool water.
Wash the garment in the washing machine on the warmest water setting that is safe for the fabric with laundry detergent or stain remover spray.
Note : Ketchup stains can be particularly difficult to remove and may require several attempts to completely remove the stain. Always test any cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of the fabric before using it on the stain, to make sure that it does not cause any damage or discoloration to the fabric. Always follow the care instructions on the garment's label.
Ketchup stains on clothes happen due to the red pigments, called lycopene and beta-carotene, and acidic nature of ketchup. To remove the stain, use a combination of dish soap, white vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and laundry detergent. Ketchup stains can be particularly difficult to remove and may require several attempts. Always test any cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of the fabric before using it on the stain, to make sure that it does not cause any damage or discoloration to the fabric. Always follow the care instructions on the garment's label.
Want to share this?
About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.