How to Remove Chili Stains From Clothing


It is supposed to be a friendly event and an enjoyable time at the annual chili cook off, but "somehow" the competition's likely pot of spicy success is now gracing the center stage floor, and your shirt is boasting the leftovers. The stained clothing is easily remedied.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Cornstarch

Several Simple Suggestions

  • Place the garment in the sink or bathtub under the faucet with the stain facing up. Run hot water over the stain until it's gone.

  • Drizzle hair shampoo all over the stain, and scrub it gently into the garment. Allow the area to soak for 5 to 10 minutes before laundering.

  • Pre-treat the stain with a liquid laundry detergent, and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes before laundering.

  • Apply a grease-cutting dish soap to the stain, and work it in well with a clean cloth or toothbrush. Leave the garment to soak for at least ten minutes before laundering.

  • Cover the stained area with cornstarch, and allow it to sit overnight. The cornstarch will help to draw the stain out of the fabric, so you can launder it as usual in the morning.

Tips & Warnings

  • Not all fabrics can withstand heat, so be sure to read the manufacturers' instructions carefully.
  • Do not attempt to dry the garment in the dryer until the stain is gone, or it will set it in and make it harder to remove.

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