Blueberry Stain Removal Tips And Tricks For Your Clothes

I love berry season in general, but blueberry stain removal I could do without.

It never fails that the ripe, yummy berries leave a sticky, colorful mess behind when they get all over your clothes, or fall on your carpet.

For example, in the picture above this little girl has a blueberry popsicle, and almost inevitably, they always seem to get it all over their clothes, don't they?

Well, there are lots of ways to remove these stains, but some are more effective than others. You can read my own advice for removing blueberry stains here, which discusses tips for removing the stains from washable fabric, upholstery and carpet.

In addition, I've collected tips and tricks from other readers, and from around the web, to discuss how to remove these stains. Below you'll find all of these tips and tricks compiled together in one place.

Of course, there are always more methods for stain removal. Therefore, if you've got another tip to share for removing any type of berry stain, please share your berry stain removal tips here, or read other tips for other types of stains which have already been submitted.

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Remove Blueberry Stains From Fabric With Boiling Water

Learning how to remove blueberry stains from fabric is important if you are accident prone but love those tasty little berries.

One very natural way to remove these stains is to use boiling water, and pour it over the stain. The key is to make sure the boiling water can flow freely through the fabric, which means you need to stretch out the clothing over a heat proof bucket, and then pour the water over the stained area.

You have to be very careful with this stain removal method not to burn your fingers, so hold the clothing taunt with clothes pins, clips or a rubber band, and get your fingers far away from the pouring boiling water.

The technique is actually demonstrated on a video on the site. You can see it in the video tips for removing berry stains from clothing.

***Update #1 - As additional confirmation that this tip really does work, I've now gotten even another tip, from a reader, sharing how she uses the boiling water technique successfully for berry stains. *** End Update #1

***Update #2 - Here's another quick comment I got from a reader. She says:

The boiling water technique does also works on wine stains in linen.
***End Update #2

Also, you need to remember these additional things about blueberry stain removal, which include:
  • Treat the stain ASAP

  • Dry heat sets stains, so don't run clothing through the dryer until you know the stain is completely removed
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Oxiclean Presoak Worked On 2 Week Old Stains

A reader, Johanna sent me in this question, and I directed her to the berry stain article on this site. Her question was:

"Any tips for removing blueberry stains? We made some popsicles and my toddler dripped blueberry juice on her clothes where she wasn't covered by a bib (of course). Next time she eats one I'm going to wrap her in a drop cloth hahaha."

Then, she tried one of the suggestions, and it worked!

She said: "I just wanted to let you know that not only did this work but the stains were 2 weeks old when I finally got around to it.

I left my daughter's dresses to soak for the better part of an afternoon with Oxy Clean powder."

I'm so glad this worked for Johanna! Presoaking is a completely awesome stain removal technique that is really easy.

And oxygen bleach is one of the simplest ways to remove lots of different types of berry stains.

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Whink Wash Away And Oxi Clean Knock Out Stains

by Dana

I agree, I would also use Oxi Clean to pre soak old blueberry stains.

However, if I was able to treat the stains right away, i.e. the same day, I would use Whink Wash Away pretreater.

Then when I actually did the wash, usually within 1-2 days, I would add Oxi Clean to the load as a booster.

This is also how I handle baby food fruit and vegetable stains as well as the dreaded formula stains on a daily basis.

When I get behind on the wash I just presoak each load, as the Oxi Clean really breaks down stains by itself given the proper soak time.

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Lemon Juice Works Like Magic On These Stains

by Carol
(New York)

Carol provided this quick tip for removing these stains.

Carol says:

Lemon juice really works like magic on blueberry stains.

Taylor says:

You're right Carol, lemon juice is a natural stain remover for lots of berry stains.

For example, I got a more detailed tip from another reader, Amy, who used lemon juice to remove blackberry stains. If you'd like to learn more about how to use this natural product to remove these spots I'd suggest reading this tip for more information.

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Blueberry Stain Removal Video

Here is a blueberry stain removal video I found, showing how this lady used vinegar to remove blueberry stains from her clothing.

For fabrics, recommends removing stains caused by blueberries with liquid laundry detergent or hydrogen peroxide. In addition, a soak in Oxiclean can do wonders for these stains.

However, there is more than one way to remove blue berry stains from fabric, including using vinegar for stain removal, which is what the video below suggests.

Have you had any luck using vinegar to remove stains caused by blueberries from fabric, as suggested in the video? What about for any other stains? You can share your uses for vinegar for cleaning, laundry and stain removal here, or read other tips already submitted.

As you've seen, there are lots of potential ways to remove a blueberry stain from your clothing. Have you got any more tips to share? If so, I would love to hear from you. You can share your tip here, telling me how you do it!

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Removing Blueberry Yogurt Stain From A Quilt - How A Reader Did It

by Brooke Evans
(NY )

Blueberry Yogurt Stains Easily

Blueberry Yogurt Stains Easily

Brooke, a reader of this site, sent in this tip for how she removed blueberry yogurt stains from her quilt and sheets, even though it was a few days old.

Brooke says:

I spilled blueberry yogurt on my cotton sheets and bed quilt. The stains were a few days old. Unfortunately I just noticed the stains today when I went to make my bed.

I thought for sure my quilt and sheets would be ruined forever but I saved them from being stained forever by following these simple steps.

Step 1. Stay calm.
Step 2. Get a basin of cold water and a wash cloth.
Step 3. Put a towel under the garment.
Step 4. Lightly blot the stain with cold water. Don't rub the stain in.
Step 5. Drench the stain in rubbing alcohol. Let it sit on stain for an hour.
Step 6. Alternate between blotting the stain with white vinegar and liquid dish detergent.

The stain disappeared before my eyes.

Taylor says:

Thanks Brooke for sharing your tip for removing blueberry yogurt stains from fabric.

You can learn even more about removing yogurt stains here.

Remember that yogurt stains are protein based so Brooke did a great job using cold water for treating the stain. If she had used hot water it would have most likely set at least the yogurt part of the stain.

So, do you have your own tips for removing stains? If so, submit your stain removal tip here.

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How To Remove Blueberry Stain From Carpet With Automatic Dishwasher Gel

by Steve Kushnir
(Manlius, NY USA)

Steve has shared how he used a common household item, dishwasher detergent gel, to get rid of stains from blueberries from his carpet.

Steve says:

I used a gel type automatic dishwasher detergent to remove ground in blueberry stains from our rug.

I tried several other spot treatments and remedies first, but the stains were still very much apparent.

I have experimented with dishwasher detergent for other cleaning jobs, so I thought, "Dishwasher detergent gets out blueberry stains on kitchenware, so why not?"

Test it in an inconspicuous area first, checking for color fastness. Then, the trick is to daub it on with a Q-tip or small hobby brush.

You must be careful to only put it on the stain. Once the stain fades away, immediately rinse using a splash of water and quickly suck it up using a strong shop vac, then repeat, repeat, and repeat.

You don't want that gel staying on the carpet; the bleach in it could damage the fibers. So really rinse it thoroughly.

If the bleach in the gel removes the color, find a marker with a matching color to repair the faded area. Art stores have every color in the rainbow!

This worked wonders for me, try it for yourself.

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your tip Steve for how to remove blueberry stains from carpet.

You are right, dishwasher detergent can be used as a home remedy to clean lots of different items in your home, but it is strong and often contains bleach, so you have to be careful not to cause harm with it either. (In fact I've collected some dishwashing detergent uses here, for cleaning and stain removal, if anyone is interested!)

Your cautions are well-founded, because you definitely want to avoid bleaching your carpet if you can at all avoid it. In addition to the marker idea if you do bleach your carpet, I've also received a review for carpet dye sticks kits from a reader. (I haven't personally tried this kit, but wanted to mention it since I'd gotten a review.)

I would love to hear from others sharing their home remedies for blueberry stain removal from carpet, or any other surface in their home. You can share your tips here, or read other tips which have already been submitted.

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what about from upholstery?
by: Anonymous

How can I remove blueberry stain from tan upholstered sofa?

response re question about upholstery
by: Taylor

Here's some tips for upholstery stain removal, including a homemade remedy for removing berry stains.

berry stains gone with boiling water!
by: Anonymous

I did the technique I read online. My grandson got a berry stain on his white shirt. I took it off immediately and tried 2 different stain removers and they did nothing. Then I wet the garment and squirted lemon juice on the stain and let it soak for 30 minutes. Then I suspended it over the sink with heavy objects to hold it down and poured boiling water on the stains. You have to make sure the water can go through the garment suspended and not just laying in the sink. It was magic! The water just washed the stain right down the drain! I never saw anything like it!

Which oxygen bleach?
by: Anonymous

When she says oxygen bleach, does she mean hydrogen peroxide or Oxiclean, which a friend says is oxalic acid based?

response re question about oxygen bleach
by: Taylor

Here's my article with a lot of information on oxygen bleach, since there are many choices.

By the way, Oxiclean is an oxygen bleach, and does not instead use oxalic acid in it. You can read more about Oxiclean bleach here.

Whitening toothpaste
by: Greg

While I was running to the store to get hydrogen peroxide for a blueberry stain after soaking in cold water and detergent didn't work, my wife called one of her Russian friends who told her to put whitening toothpaste on the stain. When I returned home, the stain was gone. Turns out the active ingredient in the toothpaste was carbide peroxide which breaks down to urea and hydrogen peroxide upon contact with water. Looks like she beat me to the application of hydrogen peroxide with some ingenuity and basic chemistry. I would keep this in mind if you don't have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide readily available and the berry stain is small.

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