Mustard Stain Removal From Clothes

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Mustard stains are tough to remove because of a yellow dye called turmeric, which is found naturally in mustard seeds and is also added to mustard during manufacturing to enhance the yellow color. As with most stains, the key to successfully removing a mustard stain is acting fast. Although many household cleaners are used for stain removal, ammonia and ammonia-based products should never be used on a mustard stain as ammonia reacts adversely with turmeric and causes the stain to set permanently.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic knife
  • Old towel
  • Bowl
  • 1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol
  • 3 tablespoons dish detergent
  • White vinegar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup dish detergent

Alcohol-Dish Detergent Method

  • Scrape off excess mustard with the plastic knife. Place the stained garment on a towel.

  • Mix 1 tbsp. of rubbing alcohol with 3 tbsp. of liquid dish detergent, and pour on the stain. Leave for 10 minutes.

  • Rinse well with hot water, then launder as usual.

Vinegar-Water-Dish Detergent Method

  • Scrape off excess mustard with the plastic knife. Place the stained garment on a towel.

  • Mix ½ cup warm water, ½ cup liquid dish detergent and several drop of white vinegar and pour on the stain. Leave for 15 minutes.

  • Rinse well with hot water, then launder as usual.

Tips & Warnings

  • For best results, treat the stain as soon as possible.
  • You may need to repeat the method more than once, or try both methods if the first try is unsuccessful.

References

  • Photo Credit Mustard Mess image by Scott Griessel from Fotolia.com
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