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How to remove fruit stains from your clothing

Don’t let a beautiful summer day be spoiled by fruit stains! If you follow the tips in this article, you’ll easily get rid of those pesky stains!


By Cleanipedia Team

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Key Steps

These general steps apply to most fruits but for more specific advice read our articles on removing blueberry stains from clothes or getting rid of blackberry stains

  1. Scrape excess fruit off your clothing.
  2. Soak the stain in water as soon as possible.
  3. Pre-treat with liquid detergent, like Persil. 
  4. Wash in the machine as normal. 
  5. Repeat as needed.

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 fruity 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.

Using the right products is key for fruit stain removal. Using a good detergent like Persil can also help aid the cleaning process along and produce effective results. Just read the directions on the label before using.

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Treating Fruit Stains on Clothing

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.
Fruits can also make powerful cleaners. Read our article 'how to clean with fruit' to learn more.
  • 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 stain removal like Persil bio. Biological laundry detergents containing enzymes may be best, as they find it easier to break up sugars. Read our article to find out more about how bio and non-bio laundry detergents work.
  • 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. And that’s how to remove fruit stains on clothing!

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