Teriyaki sauce is something that can be found in most fridges, acting as the perfect condiment for everything from chicken to veggies. But, as delicious as it is, it’s also messy, and can definitely stain your favorite clothing thanks to its sticky, sugary and dark nature. The good news is that should you stain that shirt you’re wearing with teriyaki sauce, a little bit of elbow grease, plus all natural cleaning products like natural dish soap and eco-friendly laundry pods, can remove that stain like it never occurred in the first place.
Getting Rid of a Teriyaki Stain
Teriyaki sauce can be a real pain once it’s on your clothes, largely thanks to the darkly pigmented nature of soy sauce, one of its key ingredients. But, you don’t need to use toxic chemicals to beat that unsightly stain – some nontoxic cleaning products that you already have in your home can do the trick just as well.
Step #1: Get to Blotting
If the stain is fresh, and still wet, grab a clean sponge or a white cloth and dip it into some cold water before dabbing the stain. Keep dabbing/blotting up the excess moisture until you’re no longer making a dent in the discoloration.
Step #2: Time to Pretreat
Now, you’ll want to pretreat the stain to prepare it for washing. The good news is that there are plenty of all-natural cleaning products that are effective. We recommend Grab Green Liquid Dish Soap, which is a non toxic dish soap that works great as a pretreatment. Just pour this sustainable dish soap formula directly onto the stain – enough to cover it – and let it sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing it under cold water.
Step #3: Wash Time
From here, you can go ahead and wash the garment according to its care label, using your usual laundry practices. It’s always best to opt for natural laundry pods which can fight stains without relying on harsh chemicals to do so. Stick to nontoxic laundry pods like our 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent Pods or Stoneworks Laundry Detergent Pods. These eco friendly laundry pods boast natural stain-fighting ingredients that can tackle a teriyaki stain head-on.
After that, go ahead and throw the garment in the dryer with some natural dryer sheets/ sustainable dryer sheets such as Classic Laundry Dryer Sheets or Stoneworks Dryer Sheets, or even Grab Green Dryer Balls, as any of these options do a terrific job when it comes to preventing cling and softening fabrics.
If It’s an Old Teriyaki Sauce Stain
If the teriyaki stain has been sitting long enough to dry, you can still remove it using the same method described above. Just skip the blotting, since there’s no excess moisture that you need to remove prior to pretreating it.
If the Clothing is Delicate
Some clothing items have special care instructions, so they can’t be washed and dried using conventional methods. If it’s a dry-clean-only garment, then call your dry cleaner’s. Chances are they have a special technique for getting rid of this type of stain that is based on years of experience.
Items that must be air-dried won’t ruin the effectiveness of the process above, since the garment is dried after the stain is already gone. And, you can hand-wash the garment and do just as good of a job getting rid of the stain, by using the same laundry detergent in a bucket of water.