How to remove raspberry stains from clothes?
When I was a teenager I worked at the raspberry farm near my home and let me tell you that the raspberry stains were still clearly visible on my clothes when I returned!
So here are my best tips and tricks for effectively removing raspberry and strawberry stains from fabrics.
1. Remove a raspberry stain from a white shirt
Whether on a shirt or other white clothes and fabrics, getting rid of a raspberry stain is possible, but you have to act quickly, very quickly.
Here is the best trick to clean that berry stain:
- Quickly pour sparkling water over the stain and the white garment.
- Leave for a few seconds and soak the stain with paper towels.
- Then dab the remaining stain with a soft cloth and lemon juice.
- Gently scrub with soap and rinse the shirt to finish.
You can also replace the lemon juice with white vinegar to loosen the raspberry stain.
2. Clean raspberry stains from a white cloth
If you have just stained a white cotton garment with raspberries, you should clean it quickly with a little bleach and lemon juice.
Here’s how to get rid of that red spot:
- Soak a small cloth with lemon juice and bleach (use gloves).
- Gently dab and rub the raspberry stain and rinse thoroughly quickly.
- Finish on the normal cycle in the washing machine.
Of course, if you have stained a colored item of clothing, you should not use this trick, which will discolor your item of clothing.
3. Raspberry stain on delicate fabric
If you have just stained a delicate fabric such as a silk garment then the product to use is glycerine. Here’s how:
- Cover the raspberry stain with glycerine and leave on for about 25 minutes.
- Then rinse with warm water and repeat if the red spot is still visible.
For a well encrusted stain you can add 1 drop of alcohol to the glycerin.
4. Remove an old, encrusted raspberry stain
Unfortunately, if the stain is old and very encrusted in the fabric, you will have to try other tips and tricks. Here are a few that should allow you to remove everything:
- Alcohol at 70°: Soak a small cloth in 70° alcohol and dab the raspberry stain. Rinse, repeat and finally finish with machine cleaning.
- Hexomedin: This is a disinfectant product for wounds, but it remains an excellent trick for removing old stains on clothes and fabrics. Gently rub the raspberry stain with a cloth and product and rinse quickly to complete the cleaning.
- Oxygenated water: Soak a cloth with hydrogen peroxide and gently rub the fruit stain and rinse quickly. Repeat until the stain disappears.
5. Never rub the raspberry stain with salt
Finally, I thought it was important to rectify things concerning the salt! There are a multitude of sites online that share the trick of using salt against stains… Unfortunately, it doesn’t work!
Indeed, salt should not be used to clean and remove a raspberry, strawberry or red wine stain on a shirt or other white clothing.
On the contrary, the salt could damage the fabric!
Rather, the salt may damage the fibers of your shirt and clothing. But it’s not, salt mixed with a little water will set the raspberry stain making cleaning even more difficult later on.