Elderberry is a dark berry fruit that is commonly used for making wines and jellies. Stains from the juice can sometimes be difficult to remove. By treating the stain removal as quickly as possible when it occurs, you can effectively salvage the stained item. You can purchase special stain removal products, but a few inexpensive household ingredients work just as effectively without hurting the wallet.
First, blot the stain to absorb as much of the fruit as possible. For clothing stains, place a piece of cloth under the stain to prevent it from seeping through to other parts of the clothing. Be sure to blot, don't rub, as rubbing can cause the stain to get larger.
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For carpet stains, pour distilled white vinegar directly onto the stain. Continue to blot until the stain has dissipated, adding more vinegar as necessary. When the stain has been fully removed, wipe with a damp cloth to remove any berry or vinegar residue.
For clothing stains, drench the area with the white vinegar and blot until the stain has been removed or at least greatly diminished. Then launder as you normally would, on a cold water cycle. Do not use heat, and do not place the article in the dryer unless the stain is fully removed, as heat can permanently set the stain.
A pH-balanced dish detergent will also work effectively in removing elderberry stains. For carpets, pour a little water into the stain, then add a few drops of liquid dish detergent. Continue blotting until the stain has been removed, then wipe clean with a damp cloth and let air dry.
For clothing stains, place a little water onto the stain, add a few drops of liquid dish detergent, and rub into the stain with your fingertips. Repeat as necessary until the stain has been removed, then launder in a cold water wash and air dry.