26 05 2015
How To Remove Berry Stains
Berries are fruits packed with nutrients. They make the summer taste sweeter. However, when these little berries act as explosive bombs or when they burst open on clothes, they can be a nuisance. The stains can be a nightmare to remove. Berries like cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries can leave unpleasant stains on clothes.
There is an assortment of chemical stain removers available in stores. However, these may or may not suit the fabric you are thinking to work upon. For example, there are fabrics that cannot be treated with bleach and ammonia or are un-washable.
Well, we have useful tips and procedures to remove berry stains from clothes easily at home.
Procedures to Remove Berry Stains
Take a look at the following stain removal procedures that can be done instantly using ingredients that are available at home. Remember, if you tackle the stain at once, it prevents it from getting permanent. However, these methods also work on stains that are a day or two old.
The Milk and Vinegar Method
The milk and vinegar method is effective in removing new as well as old berry stains.
The procedure goes as follows:
- Prepare a solution by mixing equal quantities of milk and vinegar. If, in any case, both milk and vinegar are not available together, you can use either one that is available.
- Put the stained cloth in a bucket or tub, depending upon the volume.
- Pour the prepared solution over the stain and let it soak to remove the stain.
- The stain will eventually vanish. Conclude the procedure with a thorough rinse in cold water.
The Lemon Method
The lemon method is the best solution to remove fresh berry stains. For older stains, it is recommended to use the milk and vinegar method. The lemon method doesn’t work on stains that are older than a day.
- As the primary step, rinse the stain with cold water.
- Take a lemon and slice it.
- Use one of the halves to rub over the stain. Rub several times.
- After scrubbing, squeeze the other lemon half over the stain. This would help saturate the stain. If you are using lemon juice, dab the juice using a sponge onto the stained area.
- Allow the fabric to absorb the juice. Eventually, you will notice the stain loses its grip over the fabric. Wait until the lime juice starts getting dry. It is important to ensure that the stained cloth is not put under the sun while left for soaking. If the cloth is put under the sun, it might lead to the color fading.
- Make sure the lemon juice doesn’t stay for long after getting dry on the fabric. The acid contained by the lemon juice can cause damage to the fibers of the clothing.
- After lemon juice is dry, rinse it thoroughly with water. If you see the stain to get lighter, repeat the process till the stain goes away completely.
The Glycerin Method
If you have a problem with the stringent smell of vinegar, you can try the glycerin method to remove berry stains. The procedure goes as follows:
- Start with applying glycerin onto the berry stain.
- Let it soak for about 30-45 minutes.
- Rinse off with cold water and let the fabric dry
- The stain will vanish. However, if any, trace of the stain is left after the fabric dries, don’t worry. It can be treated!
- Prepare a thick paste using 1tsp glycerin, 1heaped tbsp of cornstarch mixed with few drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
- Apply this paste over the stained area and let it dry in the sun.
- After the paste is completely dry, rinse it thoroughly with cold water. Repeat applications to remove the stain completely.
So, don’t stop your kids from eating healthy berries just because you are frightened they will stain their clothes. Use these berry stain removal tips to remove the stains while your kids relish this nutritious summer fruit.