Jolly Ranchers can be a treat to eat, but if this hard candy is put in the hot sun or dryer, it can melt into a sticky stain on whatever material it was left on. If you have a melted Jolly Rancher on a piece of fabric, such as a shirt or sofa, you can remove the candy and stain in just a few steps. Take your time when removing the stain to ensure you don't damage the material.
Things You'll Need
- Fabric stain remover
- Lint-free cloth
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
Moisten the melted Jolly Rancher and surrounding fabric with cold water. This can be done by submerging the candy and material in water or by dabbing it with a cloth. The cold water will help to dissolve the sugar and break down the candy's hold on the fabric.
Gently pull any large pieces of the Jolly Rancher away from the fabric. Use your finger or the edge of a spoon to lift it away from the material. As you pull, ensure fibers of the fabric aren't coming loose or ripping off. If they are, stop pulling the candy and allow it to keep soaking in cold water.
Apply a fabric stain remover over the candy spot, following the manufacturer's directions. Blot the effected area with a clean, lint-free cloth. While working, don't blot the stain with the same area of the cloth repeatedly, which could reapply the stain from the cloth to the fabric.
If the stain is still present, pour half a cup of white vinegar in a bowl. Dip a clean cloth inside the vinegar and blot the affected area with the moistened cloth. Once dampened, allow the vinegar to sit for 15 minutes.
Wet a clean, lint-free cloth with cold water and blot where the candy stain was on the fabric. This will rinse away all of the solvents you applied to the material. Once the area is damp, blot it dry with another clean cloth.
Do not use hot water while removing the Jolly Rancher stain. This will set the stain in the fabric.