Nothing says summer like a plate of bright, delicious, juicy fruit. While eating fruit is the perfect way to indulge in a healthy snack, it can easily lead to unsightly stains on your clothing. Sweet red strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and peaches can all leave their mark on your wardrobe if you don’t act quickly. This article will show you how to remove the most common fruit stains from whole fruit, fruit juice, or even fruit sorbet.
Treating the Fruit Stain
If possible, the first thing you should do if you spill fruit on your clothing is go to a private place and remove the garment so you can clean it properly. Then:
- Scrape any remaining chunks of fruit from your garment with a knife or nail file.
- Run very cold water over the stain, allowing the water to pass fully through the fabric. If you’re quick enough, you might see some of the stain loosen and dissolve – a good sign!
- Continue to run water through the fabric, while beginning to rub the fabric with a sponge to loosen the stain. Be careful not to rub the fabric too vigorously or you may cause damage.
- Now use a stain-stick or spot stain remover, if you have one.
- Be sure to try the stain-stick on the corner of your garment first to check that it doesn’t damage the fabric.
- Then, simply apply the stain remover to the affected area.
- Rinse with water. You should see the stain stick working almost immediately.
Washing out the Fruit Stain
While prompt action can help stop permanent stains in their tracks, it may take a little more work to remove the stain completely:
- Place the item of clothing in your washing machine. Always remember to look at the care label on your clothing in order to ensure you wash it on the appropriate cycle to avoid any unnecessary damage.
- Wash the garment at an appropriate temperature – hot washes are not suitable, as they can set fruit stains.
- Consider using a laundry detergent specially designed for effective stain removal like OMO Liquid. Biological laundry detergents containing enzymes may be best, as they find it easier to break up sugars.
- If your garment is white, consider using a small amount of bleach in the wash – lemon juice or white vinegar are good natural alternatives.
- If the stain is still there after the wash, plunge the item of clothing straight into a bucket of detergent and water, and leave to soak overnight.
- Avoid drying the garment before the stain is removed as this could set the stain for good.
- In the morning, wash the garment for a second time and it should disappear.