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How to remove blackberry and other fruit stains from clothes

Discover our top tips for how to get rid of fruit stains on clothes after accidental spills.


By Cleanipedia Team

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Perfectly ripe fruit is a good and delicious way to get some of your five a day, but the smallest of spills can leave behind stubborn fruit stains on clothes. Here you will find top tips for how to get rid of fruit stains on clothes when you’re thinking about giving up.

It’s easy to get berry stains on clothes while you’re out foraging and far away from a washing machine or even a tap. Keep the stain wet, preferably with water, until you get home to stop it from drying and dyeing the fabric.

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Steps to take before removing fruit stains on clothes

There are some important steps to take before doing stain removal on your clothing:

  1. Using a blunt knife or the side of a spoon, scrape off any excess pulps or fruit solids from your clothing.
  2. Gently blot at the fruit stain using a clean cloth; do not rub or press on the stain as this will push it deeper into the fabric.
  3. Flush the stain with cold water as soon as possible, flushing it through from the inside out as this will push the stain out of the fibres.

How to remove mango stains from clothes

Juicy mango can be hard to resist – and then you realise the juice has gone everywhere. Thankfully, there are just a couple of simple steps to take to remove mango stains from your clothing. You’ll want to act quickly, though, as it’s easier to remove fruit stains on clothes while they’re fresh:

  1. Blot at the stain with a paper towel to absorb as much moisture as possible.
  2. Use a soft-bristle brush to work a small amount of liquid detergent such as Persil Bio Liquid into the stain as a pre-treatment before washing and leave it for 15–30 minutes.
  3. Wash the garment at the temperature recommended on the care label.

How to remove blackberry stains on clothing

When it comes to knowing how to remove blackberry stain marks on your clothing, there is a quick and easy trick you can try. Just follow these steps:

  1. Boil a kettle full of water.
  2. After turning your clothing inside out, pull it taught over a large bowl using an elastic band to hold the fabric in place.
  3. Placing the bowl into your sink, pour the boiling water onto the stain from as high as possible without causing a splashback as boiling water could scald you.
  4. Flush the stain with cold running water until it is translucent.
  5. Wash the garment on a normal cycle at 40°C with Persil Bio Powercaps (or Persil Colour Powercaps if you want to help protect the vibrancy of a coloured garment), putting the capsule in the drum before adding your stained laundry.
  6. Hang the clothing out to dry in direct sunlight (especially if it’s white clothing), as the UV works as a natural stain remover to complete the process.

Now you have all the steps you need to remove fruit stains from clothes, such as blackberry stains, you will never have to worry when enjoying your favourite mango, blackberries or raspberries.

  • Blot stains with a clean cloth or paper towel to remove excess liquid.
  • Flush stains with running water from the inside out to push them away from the fabric of your clothing.
  • Use efficient detergents like Persil for both pre-treating stains and washing your clothes after working stains out.
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