Tips for Getting Ketchup Stains Out of Clothing

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What You'll Need
Liquid detergent
Stain remover

Ketchup stains on your shirt are no big deal, you may say. If you are outside with your friends wearing your favorite and expensive shirt, and you suddenly get ketchup on it, that is where the dilemma on how to get it out begins. Ketchup is so popular nowadays that it has become a necessity to some or most of their meals.

You cannot deny that it is delicious and it enhances the flavors of your meal especially on the crowd’s favorites like French fries, burgers, and hotdogs. However, the power of its taste and the pleasure it gives our taste buds is nearly as powerful as its effect on your clothes when it becomes a stain. Here are some tips on getting rid of those ketchup stains.

Initial Remedy

You do not have to wait until you get home to remove the stain on your clothes. There is a lot you can do right away to remove the ketchup stains. It is much better if you take care of it at once so that it will be effortless for you to wash when you get home, and the stain does not reach too deep into your clothes.

The best thing to do once you stain your clothing with ketchup is to try to wipe as much as you can without letting the ketchup spread over the unstained area. Then, go to the nearest restroom or a spot where you can take off your shirt or the clothes that was damaged by the stain and spray the stained area with water. Use cold water as much as possible. The clothes should be inside out when you do this because this will push the ketchup residue out of the cloth.

Final Remedy

As soon as you get home, and you have a chance to remove the ketchup stain, what you can do is to gently wipe some liquid detergent on the spot where the stain is. Keep in mind that you want to do this with as little force as possible so that you will not damaged the clothing even more. Remember that what you are doing here is trying to save the clothes, so handle it with care. You can use a sponge for this. Apply a little amount of detergent on the sponge and use it to wipe the stain off your clothing. Then, wash the stain with water. You can also make this prewash stain remover spray and use it.

You can repeat this process as many times as you need until the stain is barely there. Then, you can use any stain remover of your choice on the exact spot where the stain is. There are many stain removers available in the market. They come in form of a spray, stick, or a gel. Next is to set aside the clothes and allow it to sit for about five to 10 minutes. Finally, wash the clothes according to care instructions.

Fear the ketchup laden cookout no more. You are well armed to get out any stain.