Removing Ketchup Stains From Your Laundry
How your kid loves dipping that french fry into a dish of red tomato ketchup! How you enjoy pouring a little more of the ketchup onto your hamburger or hot dog! Ketchup adds a lot of flavor to your food, but there is always a risk that some of it will end up on your clothes. What next? How to take that stain off your favorite t-shirt? No need tp panic! We’ve got the steps you need to remove ketchup stains.
First and foremost, do not let the stain set! Act promptly! The more you delay, the greater the chance of the stain not going away completely from your cloth. However, if some time has already passed before you notice the stain and it has set to some extent, pour color-safe bleach in some cold water and soak your cloth in it before moving on with the rest of the stain removal steps!
What Do You Need?
- A butter knife or spoon or fork
- A paper towel
- A soft brush
- Good quality liquid detergent
- White vinegar
Steps to Follow to Remove Ketchup Stains
For a fresh wet stain, blot the stain with a paper towel. If the stain has dried, use a butter knife or a fork or a spoon to scrape it as much as you can.
Turn the cloth inside out and flush or rinse with cold water
Pre-treat the tomato ketchup stain with a good quality liquid laundry detergent. Use a soft brush to slowly work the detergent into the fabric. You can also gently rub the detergent on the stain in a circular motion with the help of your finger.
Let the detergent sit on the stain for at least 5-10 mins before rinsing your garment again.
In case the stain is too deep, you can sponge the stain with white vinegar, keep it for 5 mins and then rinse the cloth well.
You can repeat steps 1-5 again to get rid of the stain as much as possible.
Remember, reading the care label of your garment is essential in getting rid of the stain properly. If the stain says ‘dry-clean only’, take it to the dry cleaners right away.
Pour a good detergent in your washing machine and pop your cloth with the stain in! Wash on the usual cycle on the hottest wash temperature indicated. Once again, make sure you read the label about using the recommended water temperature to wash your cloth in.
After washing, if the stain persists, repeat the previous steps before tossing your garment into the dryer. This is because drying will actually set the stain! Hence, before your cloth goes into the dryer, it should be completely stain free!
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