Tomato sauce gets its color from lycopene, the same pigment that gives grapefruit, papaya and watermelon their hue. It also proves difficult to remove from clothing, particularly light colors, such as white, eggshell and cream. Removing spaghetti sauce from a cream colored dress is possible, and often leaves no trace, if treated with a combination of a peroxide, such as hydrogen peroxide, and mild detergent. Treating the stain as soon as possible after the spill provides the best opportunity for its removal.
Scrape away as much tomato sauce from the surface of the dress as possible with a spoon or other dull edge.
Turn the dress inside out and place the stained area under hard-running cold water for two minutes. Turn the dress right-side out.
Mix together 1 tsp. of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tbsp. of liquid laundry detergent.
Moisten a lint-free cloth with the peroxide and detergent solution.
Apply the solution to the stain with the cloth and gently rub it in a circular motion.
Turn the dress inside out and repeat on the other side of the stain. Allow the dress to sit for three hours.
Wash the dress with cold water and detergent and then dry it according to the manufacturer’s directions.
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