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How To Remove Mustard Stains & Sauce Stains

Stain emergency by the barbie? Learn how to get grease out of clothes and how to remove ketchup stains, BBQ sauce stain, and mustard stains here.


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There’s nothing like getting the barbie going on a sunny day, but it’s all too easy to find yourself covered in sauce stains. Whether you want to know how to remove mustard stains from clothes or how to remove BBQ sauce stains and tomato sauce, we can help.

Dab a little dishwashing liquid onto grease stains and flush with cold water as a quick fix when you don’t have any laundry detergent on hand.

How to remove mustard, ketchup, and BBQ sauce stains

Whatever your sauce preference, removing these stains usually follows the same method. So, whether you need to know how to get bbq sauce stains out of your clothes or how to remove ketchup stains from clothes worn by the kids, this method should work.

Remember: Although how to get BBQ sauce stains out of clothes is the same method as other sauce stains, it’s important to check the stain removal method on a small area of the fabric first.

  1. Use a clean cloth or a paper towel to gently scoop up any sauce. Do not rub

  2. Flush the stain with cold water from behind the stain

  3. Pre-treat using a liquid detergent like OMO Ultimate Liquid. Rub it gently into the stain and leave for 15-30 minutes. For cotton, you can use rubbing alcohol instead

  4. Wash the garment at the recommended temperature according to the care label

  5. Check whether the stain has come out – if it hasn’t, repeat from step 3. If it has, let the garment dry in the sun and do another spot-check afterwards

remove mustard, ketchup, and BBQ sauce stains

Need more help? Remove grease from clothing after a BBQ

While the method above is great if you want to learn how to remove mustard stains from clothes along with other sauces, it doesn’t tackle one of the biggest BBQ offenders: grease.

You can get rid of greasy sauce stains with the same method that removes sunscreen stains – so it's a great all-round trick for sunny days! If a little burger juice has dripped down your front, just follows these tips on how to get grease out of clothes as well as tackling any sauce stains.

Lay it flat

Always put the stained clothing on a flat surface to make it easier to work.

Absorb grease with powder

Baking powder and cornflour work well. Sprinkle on the stain and leave for an hour or so.


As with sauce stains, use a little liquid detergent to help remove grease from clothing before washing.

Dry when done

Don’t dry your clothes until all stains are removed as they’ll be harder to shift once dried on.

  • Scoop up as much of the sauce with a dry paper towel or cloth – avoid spreading or rubbing the stain into the fabric

  • Use a powder, like baking soda or cornflour, to absorb any accompanying grease stains

  • Flush the stain from the reverse side with cold water

  • Apply laundry detergent as a pre-treatment. Leave it to work for 15-30 minutes

  • Wash with similar colours using your normal laundry detergent

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