Spaghetti Sauce Stain Removal Tips & Home Remedies
Here's a collection of spaghetti sauce stain removal tips and home remedies that you can use for tomato-based spots in your clothes, carpet, upholstery and more.
Everybody loves pasta sauce, especially kids.
Unfortunately, it is quite a messy thing to eat and there are often small spills and splatters as you twirl your spaghetti or other pasta on your fork.
In addition, disaster can often strike, causing the whole plate to fall to the floor (or in your lap), and tomato sauces can cause major bright stains quite quickly, and they set easily.
If you've got a tip to share, that you'd like to add to this page I'd love to hear it, and you can share your tips here. That's because there are always new ways to clean up these messes, and the more the merrier as far as tips, I think!
Otherwise, scroll down to see the tips already collected, and good luck with these spots!
I was folding clothes today and saw a shirt that should have been pre-treated. It's a spaghetti sauce stain, and I'm wondering if there's any way to get it out once it's been in the dryer? Thanks!
Aimee, that is a tough question. As you know once any stain goes through the dryer it is much harder to remove, because the heat sets it. Unfortunately in this case the stain may be permanent.
However, your best bet is to try a long pre-soak in a solution of hot water and something like Oxiclean (or another oxygen bleach) or even powdered dishwasher detergent.
Unfortunately, these are not guaranteed to work, plus the methods (which I discuss more below) can be harsh on the clothing, so keep that in mind.
The powdered dishwasher detergent is very harsh on clothes, so you need to be very careful with that method. However, there are people who swear by this method in a pinch. In fact, I've collected several dishwashing detergent uses here, for cleaning and stain removal, for clothing and other surfaces. (Make sure if you try this method on colored clothing, to first try it in an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn't remove any color from the fabric.)
Some people have actually had good luck basically boiling the Oxiclean and water solution with the clothing in there, in a big pot on the stove. Again, the really hot water can really help loosen even set stains, but hot water can also be really harsh on the clothing.
If the shirt is white a soak in a solution of chlorine bleach and water may work. Use 1/4 cup of bleach per 1 gallon of cool water, for 5-10 minutes. Of course, chlorine bleach, over time, weakens fibers, so this method also has its draw backs.
I'd love to hear back from you to say if any of these methods worked for you!
What I Did When Tomato Sauce Stains Went Through Dryer
When I worked as a server in a restaurant I was always good about checking for stains on the front of my (white) uniforms and pretreating them daily, but sometimes I would forget to check the back of them.
I had several incidents where I had a tomato sauce or drink stain make it through the dryer.
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CAUTION: This website is provided for informational purposes only. It is provided as is, without warranties or guarantees. Some stains and messes just won't come out, and are permanent. Further, some cleaning methods can harm your item, so if what you want to clean or launder is sentimental or expensive call a professional. See disclaimer of liability for more information.