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How To Remove Berry Stains From Clothes

How To Remove Berry Stains From Clothes

The most difficult of stains don't stand a chance with our tried and true stain removal tricks. Berry stains will come out if you hurry!

Step 1: You Will Need

  • boiling water
  • big rubberband
  • heat-proof bowl or bucket
  • a lemon or undiluted lemon juice
  • glycerin
  • denatured alcohol
  • light-colored cloths

Step 2: Boiling Point

Do your best to tackle the stain ASAP. If the stain is not fresh, skip this step. Otherwise, start with rinsing the stain with cold running water. Then stretch the stain over a heat-proof bowl or bucket and secure with a rubber band. Carefully pour boiling water through the stain from about 2 - 3 feet high. Use caution not to splash yourself. Repeat as many times as necessary. Once the stain is gone, launder as usual.

Step 3: Fruit To Fruit

Like dissolves like. So it makes sense to treat a fruit stain with another fruit. After flushing the stain with cold water, soak the stain in undiluted lemon juice. No lemon juice around? Try rubbing a freshly cut lemon over the stain and let set for 30 minutes. Rinse again with cold water and then launder as usual. Do not heat dry.

Step 4: Not So Fresh?

If your treating a stain that's not so fresh, loosen it up by soaking it in a solution of equal parts of glycerin and lukewarm water for an hour. Glycerin is a vegetable oil by-product of soap making that is helpful at breaking up stains making them easier to remove. After soaking, repeat step two.

Step 5: Last Chance

As a last resort, place a clean cloth or paper towel under the stain and dab it with denatured alcohol. Be sure to test colorfastness on a hidden spot first. Replace the cloth underneath as it gets soiled from the stain. Once the stain is gone, wash the item as usual but do not use heat when drying.