How to Remove Potato Starch Stains

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Things You'll Need

  • Spoon

  • Cold water

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Washer and dryer

  • Ammonia

  • Warm water

Thousands of varieties of potatoes exist worldwide, and it is one America's major crops. Rarely a day goes by when most people don't consume some form of this delicious tuber, which is as versatile as it is plentiful. Occasionally, though, some people have an accident that results in stains from the starch of the potato, not the oil in which they were cooked or the ingredients that were added to make them more appealing. Save money you would spend on dry cleaning and remove the potato starch stain yourself.


Step 1

Use a spoon to scrape off any bits of potato from the fabric from clothing; remove as much of the potato as you can with cold water flushed from the underside of the stain.

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Step 2

Rub a bit of dishwashing detergent onto stain, then rinse away. If stain stays, pre-treat it with laundry detergent and let it soak in cold water for about a half hour. If the stain has dried, you will need to soak stain longer.


Step 3

Drop garment into washer at the highest temperature allowed for the fabric. Before you dry the garment, make sure stain has been removed. If it hasn't been totally removed, repeat the process.

Step 4

Follow another procedure when dealing with stains from potatoes on your upholstery or carpeting. Without grinding in the stain or spreading it, begin by removing as much of the potato from the article using a spoon.


Step 5

Mix one tablespoon of dish-washing liquid with two cups of cold water and apply it to potato stain with a clean cloth. Make sure that the liquid is totally soaked in, then blot the liquid with a clean cloth. If stain still remains, reapply mixture.

Step 6

Apply cold water to the area where stain used to be, then sponge it dry.


Stubborn stains made by potatoes on carpeting can also be treated with a solution of one tablespoon of ammonia and two cups of warm water.


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