How to Remove Juice Stains

Juice stains are a common problem, especially when there are small children in the house. Fortunately with the right cleaning solution you can remove the stains and save your clothes. As with any cleaner, you will want to try a test application on a small, hidden spot to be sure it does not damage the color or fibers of your garment.

How to Clean Juice Stains

When juice spills, be quick to act on the stain right away. Cleaning the stain before it has time to set into the fabric will make your job much easier. The seemingly impossible stains such as grape, cranberry, tomato and orange can be removed without having the expense of a professional cleaner. Use the following steps along with the chosen cleaning solution.

You Will Need:

  • Cleaning solutions (choose one)
    • 1 teaspoon neutral detergent with 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 quart cold water
    • 1/4 c. baking soda and 2 cups cold water
    • 1/4 teaspoon mild, non-bleach detergent with 1 liter cool water
    • 1 part white vinegar with three parts water
  • Clean white cloths
  • Spray bottle (for cleaning solution)
  • Water in spray bottle
  • Hydrogen peroxide (for cranberry juice)
  • Lemon juice

How to Remove the Stain

  1. Begin by blotting with a clean cloth to remove as much of the juice as possible. It’s very important to BLOT throughout this entire process DO NOT SCRUB. Working from the outside of the stain towards the center will keep the stain from spreading.
  2. Moisten cloth well with cleaning solution and blot it onto the stain.
  3. Repeat as necessary with a clean piece of cloth each time until no more stain appears on the cloth.
  4. For cranberry juice: apply 3% hydrogen peroxide then ammonia (do not apply ammonia to wool garments – it will damage the fibers) and blot to remove.
  5. When the stain is removed, wash the clothing in cold water following detergent recommendations on the care tag.
  6. You may want to air-dry the clothing to be sure the stain is not noticeable when it’s dry. If you place it in the dryer and it’s not completely gone, it will be set from the heat and impossible to remove.

Boiling Water Method

You Will Need:

  • Boiling Water
  • Large Bowl

How to Remove the Stain:

  1. Keep the boiling water in a tea kettle or pitcher, you will need something that you can easily pour it from.
  2. Lay the stained garment over the large bowl so the stain is centered on the bowl.
  3. Carefully pour the boiling water over the stained area and into the bowl. BE CAREFUL not to splash yourself with the hot water.
  4. As the water travels through the fabric, it will take the stain with it.
  5. Repeat as necessary until the stain is gone.
  6. You may need to treat the stain with vinegar and water if it remains in the fabric.
  7. When the stain is removed, wash the clothing in cold water following detergent recommendations on the care tag.
  8. You may want to air-dry the clothing to be sure the stain is not noticeable when it’s dry. If you place it in the dryer and it’s not completely gone, it will be set from the heat and impossible to remove.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • If you couldn’t treat the stain right away and it has dried, rub glycerin on it before starting to treat the stain to make it easier to remove.
  • If the stain is on a garment that is dry-clean only, do not pre-treat or attempt to remove the stain. Take the item to a professional cleaner as soon as possible to have the stain treated. For help finding reputable cleaners in your area, contact your local Chamber of Commerce, or visit the Yellow Pages.

Comments

  1. Ruby says:

    Thanks so much! Tried it, results: AMAZING!

  2. Kika says:

    Who on earth has hydrogen peroxide? Oh yeah, I do. Thanks for the amazing tips, but be liberal with the peroxide.

  3. Jenna says:

    Hi,
    Great idea, but I have a different problem: how do I remove juice stains from my LCD TV screen?
    Some kids of the neighbors went in my house and stained my entire TV screen. They had orange juice and food all over their hands. I’ve tried cleaning the LCD screen with a wet cloth, with a special product for TV screens; nothing works.
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you.

  4. Melanie says:

    Jenna,
    Try using a 1:1 ratio of white vinegar:water. White vinegar is recommended for removing juice stains, grease build-up and also for general LCD cleaning. Follow the instructions in the How to Clean an LCD Screen article.
    Another option is to use an enzyme cleaner, such as a pet accident cleaner. There are enzyme cleaners specifically made for TV screens, such as Purosol Plasma LCD Cleaner. If you would prefer to use something from a nearby store, you could try something like Nature’s Miracle Cage Cleaner. Cage plastic is different from LCD plastic of course, but you can test a cleaning solution on a small corner or edge first to be sure that it’s safe.
    Source: HowToCleanStuff.net – How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets

  5. Liz says:

    Do these methods work for items that have already been washed? I didn’t notice the juice stain on my new down-filled blanket until I had already washed it; it was washed in a cold water wash with mild detergent. HELP!
    Thank you.

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