Tomato sauce adds flavor to a dish while serving as a thickening agent. Cooking or eating tomato sauce-based recipes often results in splatters of red stain. Red tomato sauce stains are especially noticeable and troublesome on white clothing or fabric and should be removed as soon as possible to avoid having them become permanent. Take measures to isolate the stain so surrounding fabric isn't affected. Once done, you can concentrate on getting the sauce out of the white fabric fibers.
Things You'll Need
- Aerosol pre-wash stain remover
- White vinegar
- 1/2 cup chlorine bleach
- Laundry detergent
Scrape off excess tomato sauce from white fabric with a spoon. Be careful not to spread the sauce stain further while removing it.
Rinse the stained area of the fabric from the backside. Wash away as much tomato sauce stain as you can, then squeeze excess moisture from the white material.
Lay the white clothing on a flat surface. Spray remaining tomato sauce stain with an aerosol pre-wash stain remover. Allow the stain remover to sit on the surface for 10 minutes to loosen the oily portion of the stain.
Wet a sponge with undiluted white vinegar. Blot the remaining tomato sauce stain with the vinegar to remove color stain. Rinse with cool water.
Treat remaining red stains by soaking the whites in a bucket with 1/2 cup chlorine bleach and 1 gallon cool water. Soak the whites for 30 minutes to remove the color stain.
Wash whites with laundry detergent and chlorine bleach. Ensure the entire tomato sauce stain has been removed before placing the fabric in the dryer.
Tips & Warnings
- Soak tomato sauce-stained whites in undiluted vinegar overnight to loosen the stain.
- Dryer or iron heat set tomato stains in your whites, leaving unsightly orange spots and splatters.
- University of Illinois Extension: Stain Solutions: Tomato-based Products: Fabric
- Good Housekeeping: Stain Buster: Tomato Stain: Fabric
- University of Missouri; Stain Removal From Washable Fabrics: Greasy Food Stains; Sharon Stevens; June 2009
- Ohio State University: Quick and Easy Stain Removal Guide: Combination Stains
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