How To Remove A Food Coloring Stain: Practical Tips For These Dyes
You can encounter a food coloring stain from lots of different items, since an inescapable fact of modern life is that many foods now contains dyes in them.
Obviously, when you first think of these colors you may think of the little bottles of dye you can add to food, and it is quite frankly a potential disaster when these concentrated drops get on your skin, clothes, carpet, counter or anything else.
I've gathered lots of tips about how to remove these stains individually as they relate to these particular food items (as you can see from the links above), but it occurred to me that often the techniques used for removing food coloring contained in one food is the same as for another.
That's why I've created this page. This is a way to let everyone share their ideas and product recommendations for cleaning up these kinds of messes from all types of surfaces, from clothing but also from any other place you might accidentally spill this stuff.
You can scroll down below to see the suggestions already shared, and please feel free to tell me your tips and experiences as well! I love hearing from people, and will add your ideas to the page as well.
I have seen my share of these type of stains, including ice cream, yogurt, and popsicles of "varying" colors both on the kids and adult clothes!
Whenever I have to remove a colorful (dye type) stain from clothes that show up in the laundry days after they happened I presoak them in either OXI Clean or BIZ powder before attempting a wash.
Since the dress you showed was a light color I would probably limit the soak to about an hour.
I would then wash with detergent (including pouring some directly on the stained area), either Tide or Wisk, and line dry it to be sure no stain remained.
I recently used this approach for a strawberry yogurt stain on a yellow top (guessing it was 4 days old) with success.
P.S. For stubborn red or blue stains I will sponge with white vinegar if it does not come out in the first wash, then repeat wash with Oxi Clean or BIZ, and detergent.
Thanks so much for these tips and ideas Carole.
I really appreciate you suggesting products that people can use for removing this kind of spill or drip. You're right, oxygen bleach is a great way to remove these types of spots without also removing the color from the clothes at the same time.
I would love to hear from even more people, sharing how they've removed a food coloring stain or spill. You can share your tips here, or read others that have already been submitted.
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