How to Remove Hot Sauce from a White Shirt

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It was a great meal, until you dropped that food, covered in hot sauce, right on your crisp, white shirt. Accessorizing is one thing, but a giant orange-red spot on your shirt was not the look you were seeking. Before you turn that beloved--or possibly expensive--shirt into a set of rags, take a few minutes to try to remove the stain. With some household ingredients, you can get rid of that spot and get back to enjoying your favorite foods.

Things You'll Need

  • Index card
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Old toothbrush
  • Bucket
  • Fabric-safe bleach
  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol

Grab an index card and scrape the top of the stain, removing any sauce or particles. Throw away the index card.

Mix a solution of one cup of water and a few drops of dishwashing soap. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and scrub the stain. Avoid rubbing the stain onto any other parts of the shirt.

Fill a bucket with cool water and soak the shirt in the cool water for 30 minutes.

Wash the shirt in warm water, with fabric-safe bleach, according to manufacturer instructions. If your shirt cannot tolerate bleach, add half a cup of white vinegar to the wash.

Check the spot before drying the shirt. If the stain remains, sprinkle a few drops of rubbing alcohol on the stain and leave it for 20 minutes. Then wash it again.

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