We are so lucky to live by some amazing local farms where we can pick local produce that’s in season. This past month, my daughters and I went strawberry picking. We had so much fun together and made some yummy treats with our fresh strawberries. But… has anyone taken a 1.5-year-old strawberry picking? Most of her pickings went right into her mouth (rather than the basket) and we were left with quite the mess. (Of course, I was the smart mom who put her in a white shirt! Oops!)
If you follow me on Instagram, this picture should look familiar – This is my younger daughter after strawberry picking.
Part of me just wanted to toss her shirt, but I do love a good challenge. I at least wanted to try to see if I could get the strawberry stains out of her clothes with a DIY strawberry stain removal.
I was able to remove all the strawberry stains from her clothes! Without bleach! Like magic! My DIY strawberry stain removal worked like a charm.
This life hack impressed me a lot! I had to share so you could benefit too.
How to Remove Strawberry Stains from Clothes (Life Hack!)
Step 1: Turn the article of clothing inside-out and rinse under cold water.
Step 2: Turn the shirt back to normal (“un-inside-out”) and soak in a cool water and vinegar solution.
I did this in a plugged sink, but any soaking tub or bucket should work. Fill your sink/tub/bucket with just enough water to cover your article of clothing. I added 1/3 cup vinegar to the water, but you may need more or less depending on how much water you have.
Let it soak for about 15 minutes.
Step 3: Dab some rubbing alcohol on a cloth or cotton ball and apply to stains and rinse. For excessive strawberry stains, you can also add the alcohol to the water/vinegar solution and continue to soak. (In my case, I did both applying direct alcohol and adding some to the water/vinegar solution to continue to soak.)
A note about using rubbing alcohol: you should do a test on your article of clothing in advance of using alcohol to ensure it does not ruin your clothes. You should not use on acetate, rayon, wool or silk.
This is what the strawberry stained shirt looked like after soaking in the water, vinegar and alcohol solution. It was much better than before, but I was still hesitant to believe if this strawberry stain removal hack would work.
Step 4: Wash the article of clothing in a washing machine using hot water and normal detergent.
Note, I also added 1/4 cup of vinegar to the washing machine. I actually do this with all of my clothes – stained or not – in place of fabric softener. I’m a bit obsessed with the power of vinegar and you can read more about other ways I use it here: Top 10 Uses for Vinegar Around the House
Step 5: Remove your clothing from the washing machine. If it’s still stained, repeat step 4. If not, you can place in the dryer.
Note that strawberry stains will set in the heat of the dryer. That’s why its important to ensure all stains are removed before drying in the heat.
Voila! Like magic, your strawberry stains should have disappeared. The easiest way to remove strawberry stains from your clothes!
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