Onion stain removal is not typically thought of as something you need to know very often, because mostly onions don't stain.
Of course, red onions, which have a bit more pigment in them than yellow or white onions, may stain a bit more.
However, in the event that you have dropped an onion onto your clothing, upholstery or carpet and a stain results here are the directions for removing these onion stains.
These tips should work for any type of onion color and type, including red, white, yellow and even green onions.
Please note that if the stain is from something that was covering the onion, such as grease if it is a fried onion, or ketchup, or anything like that please consult the A-Z Stain Removal Guide for more information on how to remove that part of the stain.
Further, as with all stains the quicker you deal with the onion stain the easier it will be to remove.
Step 1: Scrape off any excess onion from the fabric.
Step 2: Pretreat the stain with a laundry prewash stain remover.
Step 3: Launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color safe bleach if not.
Hint: Make sure the spot 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 onion from the upholstery.
Step 2: Mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid.
Step 3: Using this solution, sponge the spot with a clean white cloth.
Step 4: Next, blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3-4 until the onion stain is removed from the upholstery.
Step 6: Now that it's 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 onion.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for onion stain removal from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
However, if you don't have luck with this stain removal method above you can also do something additional with the carpet stain, which is to mix a solution of one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups warm water to use as a stain removing solution.
A very common dillema when you cook is how to get rid of the onion odor that seems to linger on your fingers and hands.
I've created an entire article giving lots of home remedies and tips for getting rid of onion smell on your hands and more. It also shares how to remove these odors from plastic food containers as well!
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.
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