You will love these jelly stain removal tips once you have kids, and if you do already have them I bet you'll love them even more.
Seems like as soon as you give your kids a peanut butter and jelly sandwich the first thing they do is open up the sandwich and promptly drop it, jelly face first, right onto their clothes, or even worse, on your couch or carpet.
Below are step by step instructions for removing these spots and sticky messes from all these surfaces, to put the smile back in your day.
But first, please note that if the instructions below are not working well, it may be because the fruit within the jelly itself is difficult to remove.
If that happens check the A-Z Stain Removal Guide to see the instructions for the specific fruit contained within the jelly.
Some of the usual jelly flavors include:
Step 1: Scrape off any excess jelly from the fabric, being careful not to spread the mess further.
Step 2: Rinse any excess liquid from the fabric, and flush the stained area with cool water.
Step 3: Make a solution of half a teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent, mixed with a tablespoon of white vinegar, and a quart of warm water. Let the stained fabric soak in this solution for about 15 minutes.
Step 4: Thoroughly rinse the fabric with clear cool water.
Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set it. Repeat if necessary.
Step 1: Scrape off any excess jelly from the upholstery.
Step 2: Blot up as much of the jelly as possible, being careful not to spread the stain.
Step 3: Mix a solution of 2/3 of a cup of rubbing alcohol and one tablespoon of white vinegar.
Step 4: Using this solution, sponge the spot with a clean white cloth.
Step 5: Next, blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Step 6: Repeat steps 4-5 until the stain is removed from the upholstery.
Step 7: Now that the stain is removed you should get plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.
Hint: Be sure to get the upholstery only as wet as necessary to remove the stain from the jelly.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for jelly stain removal from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
However, if you don't have luck with this jelly stain removal method above you have two options:
First, you can mix a solution of one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups warm water, and try that as a stain removal solution.
Please note though that ammonia and vinegar, because one is an alkali and the other an acid, will neutralize one another, so thoroughly rinse the alcohol/vinegar solution before trying the ammonia solution.
Second, try mixing a solution of one tablespoon of liquid dish detergent and two cups of warm water, and use this as a stain removal solution.
Please note that this second solution may be milder on your carpet than the alcohol/vinegar solution, so you may want to try it first.
You can also watch this video, which discusses how to remove jam stains from carpeting (but the idea is quite similar for jelly stains).
Are you a stain magnet like me? If so, check out the A to Z Stain Removal Guide which gives directions for how to remove over 100 types of stains from all kinds of surfaces.
Third photo by di the huntress
Hi, I'm Taylor, a busy mom with 3 kids, so I have lots of hands on experience with house cleaning, laundry and my fair share of spots, spills and other messy catastrophes. Thanks for visiting my site.
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