Tomato stains can come from so many different variables. Perhaps you had a nice hardy bowl of pasta with red sauce or perhaps you were drinking some tomato juice for your health. Whatever the case may be, these nasty red stains can ruin anything they get on. But they don’t have too. There are many stain lifters and stain fighting products sold today that may or may not work on the stains, but a home remedy exists that can have your clothes tomato free in no time.
Here is how you can rid yourself of these nasty red stains in the comfort of your own home once and for all:
• Scrape the excess: Use the dull side of a butter knife to scrape away the excess sauce or any tomato that has crusted up due to drying. This will allow you to focus on the main part of the stain that will be in the fabric of your clothes.
• Rinse backwards: Turn the garment inside out and rinse for five to ten minutes with cold water on the backside of the stain. This will help push the tomato stain out and again lightens the effect of the stain.
• Soak garment: Fill up a bucket with warm water and a small amount of liquid detergent. Swirl the detergent around with your hand and then add the garment. Swish the garment gently around and then let it sit for a couple of hours. When the time is up remove the garment and wring it out the best you can.
• Treat the garment: You can now treat the stain on the garment with any type of stain remover you like, but a very powerful one may be right under your nose without you ever knowing. This powerful agent is nothing more than regular baby shampoo. Use the baby shampoo and gently work it into the stain. Making sure that the entire stain is being treated you then let the garment sit for about fifteen minutes.
• Soak garment again: Again mix warm water and liquid detergent in your bucket and let the garment soak for another hour or so.
• Wash time: Once you again remove the garment and wring it out you need only wash it in your washing machine like you normally would. Once the garment is finished being washed is sure that you do not place it in your clothes dryer.
• Dry the garment: Allow the garment to air dry and when it is completely dry you can check to be sure that the stain is totally gone. Drying the garment in the dryer before the stain is gone will result in the tomato stain getting set into the garment and will make removal all but impossible.
• Repeat if you need to: Depending on how long the stain was allowed to sit before you had an opportunity to get to it will determine on the number of times you will have to go through this process. You may have to give two or three applications, but if you keep at it, the stain will go away.
One final word of advice; maybe leave the white clothes in your dresser the next time you are enjoying something tomato based.