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How to Remove the Most Common Juice Stains from Your Clothing

Posted by Patricia Spencer on
How to Remove the Most Common Juice Stains from Your Clothing

 

It seems that the most delicious juices are the ones that stain clothes the most – think grape, cranberry and orange – but the good news is that there’s no juice stain that’s impossible to remove.  Whether you’re a parent or just someone who loves a glass of juice each day, then you’ve likely encountered a spill from time to time.  Fortunately, despite the staining nature of juices, there are simple ways to remove the stains entirely, using all natural cleaning products instead of harsh chemicals.  Grab Green Home’s sustainable cleaning products, like our eco friendly laundry pods and natural dish soap, can do the trick.

Getting Rid of a Juice Stain

Whether you’re dealing with cranberry juice, tomato juice, carrot juice, mango juice or so on, the good news is that all juice stains can be treated using the same basic method.  And, you can simply rely on your favorite nontoxic cleaning products that are already in your home.  Follow these steps below and your clothes will be rescued from unsightly stains once and for all.

Step #1: Blot, Blot, Blot

The first thing that you want to do is make sure to remove the clothing item and take action as soon as the spill occurs.  The longer that it waits, the more chance there is for the pigment in the juice to get deep into the fibers of your favorite garment.

Now, grab a clean cloth and blot the stain firmly.  Don’t rub it in – this will make the stain spread – but blot so that the cloth absorbs as much of the juice as possible out of the fabric. 

Step #2: Create a Soaking Solution

Once the garment is removed, make a soaking solution that uses eco friendly cleaning products to remove stains effectively.  Fill a bucket or basin up with cold water, along with a few glugs of white vinegar and a non toxic dish soap like an eco friendly one, preferably Grab Green Liquid Dish Soap.  It’s a sustainable dish soap formula that does a fantastic job at removing tough stains.  If necessary, weigh down the garment so that it’s fully submerged.  Allow it to soak for a good 30 minutes, knowing that the ingredients in your solution are working hard to break up the stain and flush it out of your clothing. 

After 30 minutes have passed, rinse the clothing item and check the stain.  At this point, it should be almost gone, or at least very faint.  If necessary, repeat the soaking method to get the stain out more effectively.

Step #3: Wash with Cold Water

Now, you can wash the clothing item using cold water, as hot water may set any remaining discoloration.  To avoid using harsh, toxic ingredients, opt for natural laundry pods that fight stains with clean ingredients.  If possible, use sustainable laundry pods like our 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent Pods or Stoneworks Laundry Detergent Pods.  These are non toxic laundry pods that can remove tough stains effectively. 

Check that the stain is gone, and then go ahead and throw your clothing item into the dryer along with some natural dryer sheets like Grab Green Classic Laundry Dryer Sheets, sustainable dryer sheets like Stoneworks Dryer Sheets, or even Grab Green Dryer Balls, to keep the fabric soft and cling-free.

If It’s a Dry Juice Stain

Sometimes, we don’t notice these types of accidents until hours or even days later.  But, that’s okay.  You can use the same method as above, just skipping the blotting process since there’s no moisture to blot up.  In most cases, you will still be able to get the stain out even if it has dried over time.

If the Clothing is Delicate

If it’s a clothing item that’s considered delicate, make sure that you’re fully aware of how it can and cannot be washed/dried.  If the item can’t go in the dryer, then simply air-dry it, because the drying process doesn’t actually matter when it comes to treating the stain.  Hand-washed items can be washed in the same detergent, and dry-cleaned items can be dropped off at a dry cleaner, who likely has experience tackling all kinds of tough stains, including juice stains of all kinds.

To summarize:

  • Cotton clothing will offer the most stain removal options.
  • Wool is more delicate than cotton and cannot endure repeated washing and also needs to be spread flat to dry.
  • For silk clothing, it’s recommended you take it to a professional dry cleaner, due its extreme delicacy.

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Juice – Take Action!

Juice stains are scary, and the darker the juice, the easier it is to panic.  But, before you lose your cool, know that there are simple, natural and quick methods to eliminating the darkest of juice stains, without having to rely on strong chemicals to get the job done.

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