Learning how to remove hot sauce stains is important for any lover of spicy foods.
There are lots of people, my Dad included (hi Dad!), who love to slather hot sauce on just about anything.
If you are one of those people chances are you've also dripped a little bit of it onto your clothing, upholstery or carpet in the past.
Since I know you aren't going to give up hot sauce if you're a hot sauce fanatic, then learn these step by step instructions for removing these stains from your clothes and elsewhere around your house so you won't give away your secret!
Step 1: Run the fabric under cold running water (not warmer water), letting the water run over the back of the spot so it does not spread it further or cause the stain to travel through the garment to flush away as much of this condiment as possible.
Step 2: Pretreat the stain with liquid laundry detergent, barely rubbing it in, but more like just coating the stain, and then let it sit for several minutes.
Step 3: Rinse well.
Step 4: Use a white cloth to sponge white vinegar onto the spot, and then rinse thoroughly.
Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 until you have removed as much of the stain caused by the hot sauce as possible.
Hint: The sooner you do this after the stain occurs, the easier it will be.
Step 6: Pretreat with a laundry stain remover and wash as normal.
Step 7: Make sure before you place the item in the dryer that the stain is completely removed. If it is not then do not place in the dryer, as it will set the stain.
Step 8: If step number 6 did not get out the stain again coat the stained area with liquid laundry detergent and let it soak in warm water for around half an hour. Then, launder again, using either color safe bleach or chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric.
Step 1: Scrape or blot off any excess hot sauce from the upholstery, being careful not to spread the stain further.
Step 2: Mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid.
Hint: You can also add one tablespoon of vinegar to the stain removal solution if you want.
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 hot sauce stain is removed from the upholstery.
Step 6: 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 hot sauce stains from it.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for how to remove hot sauce stains 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, and use this as a stain removal solution.
CAUTION: Since vinegar is an acid and ammonia is a base using one after the other in attempting to remove stains will just neutralize the effects of both, so make sure you thoroughly remove one stain removal solution from the carpet before using another.
Perhaps you don't want to make your own stain remover, but instead want to use something designed to remove hot sauce stains.
Here are some articles and reviews on this site which discuss various products that are designed to remove these stains, or where readers have commented that the remover worked on such a spot:
Tide To Go Stain Pen
Carbona Stain Devil #2 For Condiments
|Swash Get It Out Stain Removal Pen|
You can also share your own stain remover reviews here for other removers that work on hot sauce, or any other stain.
Do you have your own tip for removing stains caused by hot sauce, or anything else? If so, submit your tip here, or read other tips that have already been submitted.
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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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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