Pickle juice stain removal is not complicated, but it is best to do it as quickly as possible after the liquid gets onto your clothing, upholstery or carpet.
The reason for this is that the spices contained within the pickle juice, which make it that kinda yellowy green color, set quickly.
The juice is also set by heat, so definitely don't place something in a dryer or expose it to heat until you have removed the pickle stains.
That is not to say you cannot remove stains caused by pickle juice after they have set, but instead that it will take more time and effort.
Below are step by step instructions for removing pickle stains from clothing, upholstery and carpet.
Step 1: Rinse off any excess juice from the fabric with cool water, being careful not to spread the stain further.
Step 2: Pretreat the stain with a laundry 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 bleach if not.
Step 4: If this gets out the stain from the pickles go ahead and dry the item, but if it does not, apply a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide to the stain, and let sit for approximately half an hour.
Hint: Test the hydrogen peroxide in an inconspicuous area of the garment first to check for color fastness.
Step 5: Rinse, and then launder as normal.
Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set the stain. Repeat if necessary.
Step 1: Scrape off as much pickle as possible from the upholstery, being careful not to spread the stain further.
Step 2: Mix a solution of two cups cool water, one tablespoon dishwashing liquid, and one tablespoon of white vinegar.
Step 3: Using this solution, sponge the stain caused by the pickles with a clean white cloth.
Step 4: Next, blot at the stain until the liquid is absorbed.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3-4 until the pickle juice stain is removed from the upholstery.
Step 6: If that completely removes the pickle stains, you should get plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry. If not, next blot the stain with rubbing alcohol, and follow the blotting directions above.
Hint: Be sure to get the upholstery only as wet as necessary to remove the stain.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for pickle juice stain removal from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
However, if you don't have luck with these stain removal methods above you can also do something additional with the carpet stain, which is to mix a solution of one tablespoon of ammonia, one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, and two cups warm water, and use this as a stain removal solution.
You may also find this video on removing juice stains from carpets helpful.
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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