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How to Remove the 5 Most Common Summer Cookout Stains

Summertime means it’s cookout season! Bring on the sun, fun, and delicious food. Things are bound to get a little messy, but it’s no problem with these quick and eco-responsible stain removal recipes.

See how fast and easy it can be to remove the top 5 summer cookout stains!

1 | Ketchup

Ketchup is unarguably the most condiment for summer cookouts, and this yummy delight has a tendency to plop and splatter on just about everything … especially clothes! So before you toss our your kid’s new t-shirt, give this stain removal recipe a whirl.

You will need:

  • Spoon
  • Dish Soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, or lemon juice

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Use a spoon to remove as much ketchup as possible. Napkins push the stain deeper into the fabric.
  2. Run cold water on the back of the stain to force the stain through the fabric.
  3. Rub a dab of Grab Green Liquid Dish Soap into the stain, and let it stand for a minute or two. Gently rub the fabric together.
  4. Rinse well.
  5. If that doesn’t do the job, sponge the ketchup stain with white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or lemon juice.
  6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 until the stain vanishes.

 

2 | Mustard

Backyard grilling means mustard stains are bound to appear. This tangy condiment is super delicious on soft pretzels, but it often ends up on the front of mom’s blouse instead. Mustard is a tricky stain that may require you to repeat the following steps a few times.

You will  need:

  • Spoon
  • Glycerin (available at major drug stores)
  • Dish Soap

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Use a spoon to remove as much of the mustard stain as possible. Napkins and washcloths will push mustard deeper into the fabric.
  2. Run cold water on the back of the stain to force the stain through the fabric.
  3. Drop a bit of glycerin or white vinegar into the stain, or Grab Green Dish Soap, and let stand for a minute or two.
  4. If that yellow stain remains on the fabric after the first wash, rub the fabric together using glycerin or white vinegar again, and let it sit.

 

3 | Relish

Relish on your hot dog is great! But relish on clothes? Not so much. Made of minced pickles and vinegar, it leaves green and yellow stains on your family’s clothes. Good news, you only need two items to make the stain disappear.

You will need:

  • Spoon
  • Baking soda

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Use a spoon to remove as much relish as possible.
  2. Run cold water on the back of the stain to force the stain through the fabric.
  3. Make a past of 1 tsp baking soda and 2 tsp water.
  4. Apply the past to the stain, and let it sit for three to five minutes
  5. Rinse well.
  6. Repeat if necessary.

 

4 | MayonnaisesummerStains_BleachAlternative

Ah, tangy mayonnaise. It’s the zip we add to potato salad, egg salad, and tuna salad. But come lunch time, that sandwich Dad’s eating may drip onto his button-down shirt. Now it’s crucial that you get that stain out fast!

You will need:

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Use a spoon to remove as much mayonnaise as possible.
  2. Soak the stain in warm water with Bleach Alternative, and let stand for a minute or two.
  3. Apply dish soap onto the stain, and gently rub the fabric together.
  4. Rinse well.
  5. Wash the shirt in the hottest water safe for the fabric with 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent.

 

 

5 | Salsa

Growing in popularity in recent years, salsa is a favorite summertime condiment. So when your family is scarfing down tortilla chips, the salsa often lands in the last place you want it –  your clothes!

You will need:

  • Spoon
  • Dish soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, or lemon juice

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Use a spoon to remove as much of the salsa stain as possible.
  2. Run cold water on the back of the stain to force the stain through the fabric.
  3. Rub a bit of liquid dish soap into the stain, and let stand for a minute or tow.
  4. Gently rub the fabric together.
  5. Rinse well.
  6. If that doesn’t do the job, sponge with white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or lemon juice.
  7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 until the stain goes away.

 

Other Tips From Our Readers

PRE TREAT! by Kimberly V

1. The most important aspect to removing stains is to Pre-Treat as soon as possible to prevent stain from setting.
2. Rinse with cold water to not set stains.
3. Scrap off food for better stain removal.
4. Use a sponge or cloth for best results.
5. Treat stain as soon as you get it or it will be harder to remove.

 

USE A WASHBOARD by Holly S

The best way I have ever seen stains removed was by hand washing with a washboard and also two flat round stones. You would use one like a brush and the other as a surface underneath. While in Mexico  I watched locals remove red set-in stains  from a light colored fabric.

 

WEAR A BIB! Fby Stephen J

First of all, I try not to get anything on my clothes to start so that i don’t have to get it out! by wearing a bib or long towel, being spoon fed…ha!

 

PEROXIDE by Jennifer V

For light colors I use peroxide baking soda and dish soap, the stain comes right out!

 

SAUCY/GREASY FOODS by Beth D

This is a method my mom taught me. It can be used with any saucy/greasy foods.

First, Soak the stained clothing in warm water with dish detergent. This helps to loosen the sauce from the fabric, and also it helps clean the stain.

After that, pour some vinegar on the stain and scrub it with a kitchen sponge. Vinegar will help repel the oily residue that also comes from the BBQ sauce/greasy food.

After you treat it, run your garment through your washing machine like normal. It’ll leave your clothing BBQ free!

 

GRASSY CLEAN by Pattie O

Put dish detergent on the stain, then let the garment sit on the grass in the sun to dry! The chlorophyll in the grass helps remove the stain!

 

A SOLUTION FOR EVERY STAIN by Tara S

-Grass stain use vinegar
-Red wine use white wine
-Grease use soda
-Blood use hydrogen peroxide or cold water
-Oil stain use white chalk
-Coffee use baking soda
-Deodorant use denim
-Sweat use lemon
-Lipstick use baby wipes
-Ink use milk
-Makeup use shaving cream

-Chocolate use vinegar and water and savon de marseille
-Cosmetics use vinegar and baking soda and bread
-Crayons use olive oil
-Paint use salt and vinegar
-Sauce use vinegar
-Baby formula soak in cold water
-Set in baby formula make a paste with meat tenderizer and water, rub it in and rinse and wash
-Rust soak in 1/4 Borax with two cups water

 

POPSICLES by Amy L

If you have a Popsicle stain, first soak the clothing in cold water. Then go over the stain with a small bit of ammonia before you launder it.

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