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How to Get Pudding Stains Out of Clothing

Posted by Patricia Spencer on
How to Get Pudding Stains Out of Clothing

Pudding is one of the tastiest desserts to eat, and one of the messiest to spill.  Because pudding contains some of the most notorious staining ingredients, like butter, eggs, milk and often chocolate, tackling a pudding stain on your clothing takes some extra effort besides just throwing it into the wash and hoping for the best.  But fortunately, with just a little bit of elbow grease, you can remove a pudding stain and have your favorite clothing looking like brand new again.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Removing Pudding Stains

The key with getting rid of a pudding stain is acting as quickly as possible, while also avoiding anything that will make the stain set.  Pudding contains grease in the form of butter, and typically we address grease stains with hot water, which permeates oils better than cold water.  But, because pudding also contains eggs, and often vanilla or chocolate, hot water will actually set the stain. 

So, what is the protocol?  Well, just follow this method below.

  1. As soon as you see the pudding stain, remove the garment. Use a cloth or sponge to blot off any excess pudding on the surface of the fabric.  If the pudding is already dry, that’s okay – this method is still likely to work out just fine.
  2. Now, turn the garment inside-out and rinse the stain under cold water. Turning it inside out means that the running water will push the stain outward, rather than pushing it deeper into the clothing’s fibers.
  3. Create a solution of one part water and one part Grab Green Liquid Dish Soap. Now, soak the stain in this solution for about 10 minutes.  Don’t be afraid to really saturate the stain.
  4. When the stain has been soaked long enough, use a sponge or cloth and start blotting. Once you’ve blotted away as much as you can, rinse it again in cold water.
  5. Now, it’s time to launder the garment. Throw it into the washing machine, using your normal Grab Green Laundry Care detergent, like our 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent Pods, 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent Powder, Bleach Alternative Pods, or Stoneworks Laundry Detergent Pods, on a cold water cycle.  Once the cycle is complete, check the garment.  If the stain is still there, repeat the process above before throwing it into the dryer, which can set the stain.  At this point, the stain should be removed.
  6. If what remains is a grease mark, then you can launder the garment using hot water. As long as there’s no pigment from the pudding, there should be no risk of setting the stain.

Say Goodbye to Pesky Pudding Stains Once and For All!

Pudding stains are tricky, because they contain a variety of ingredients that are all famously difficult to get out of clothes.  The good news is that a pudding stain is removable, as long as you follow the right steps rather than immediately throwing it into a hot water cycle on your washing machine.  Just keep in mind that once again, the faster you act, the better, as you’ll give the stain less of a chance of setting, although ultimately this method should work on dry pudding stains quite well.

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