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4 Quick Blueberry Stain Removal Methods

Blueberry stain removal
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Getting out blueberry stains is fairly easy, but only if you act quickly. The longer you wait, the harder it is to get rid of them. In this article, we’ll show you how to remove blueberry stains from different textiles.

Blueberries taste delicious, but eating or processing them sometimes leaves dark blue stains on your clothes or furniture. But not to worry, there are several remedies that you probably have the ingredients for at home. Here’s how to get out blueberry stains using milk, baking powder, rubbing alcohol, or citric acid.

Note: Always make sure you treat the stains as soon as possible and remember which remedies to use for which textiles.

1. Use Milk for Delicate Textiles

Removing blueberry stains with milk
You can use milk to remove stains from delicate fabrics. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Cats Coming)

Milk is a natural, effective stain remover. Since it won’t damage delicate textiles, you can safely use it to remove blueberry stains from your couch or carpets, for instance. This is how you use it:

  1. Heat some milk.
  2. Pour the milk over the blueberry stains.
  3. Let it soak for about 20 – 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the stain with a brush and some lukewarm water.

Tip: If you don’t have any milk at home, try to dab off the blueberry stain with some carbonated water first.

2. Soak Blueberry Stains With Baking Powder

Removing blueberry stains
Try using baking powder to remove blueberry stains, especially if you are unsure about the color-fastness of your garments or textiles. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - Azza_Hafizah)

Baking powder is not just helpful for baking, it is also known as a remedy for stain removal. It’s a good option to get out blueberry stains, especially if you have sensitive textiles that aren’t colorfast.

  1. Sprinkle 4 tsp. baking powder and 1 – 2 tbsp. lukewarm water on the stain.
  2. Let everything soak for 10 – 20 minutes. The powder should dissolve and begin to foam.
  3. Remove the stain using lukewarm water and a sponge.

3. Rubbing Alcohol for Durable Fabrics

Rubbing alcohol allows you to remove stains easily, because it is much more aggressive than the other remedies. It is really effective for stains that have already dried. However, you should not use it for more delicate textiles. Here’s how you get out blueberry stains:

  1. Moisten a cloth with a few drops of rubbing alcohol.
  2. Carefully dab the stain with the cloth.
  3. Afterwards treat the stain with plenty of lukewarm water.

4. Heavy Blueberry Stain Removal With Citric Acid

Citric acid for blueberry stain removal
Citric acid is a true all-rounder. It can help you remove stains or clean appliances. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - furbymama)

Did you know that you can use citric acid for cleaning almost anything around the house? Removing stubborn stains is one of its many great uses. If you’ve already soaked the blueberry stains and none of the other remedies work, try citric acid:

  1. Rub the stain with some citric acid.
  2. Let it soak for 5 – 15 minutes, depending on how stubborn the stain is. Especially for dried stains, you should let the citric acid soak for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Afterwards, remove the stain using a sponge and lukewarm water.

If the stains are on your clothes, table cloth, or bed sheets, for instance, wash them right after treating them. This way you will make sure that whatever remedy or stain remover you used doesn’t leave any marks, and it will get rid of any residue.

This article was translated from German by Sharon Hodge. You can view the original here: Blaubeerflecken entfernen: So geht’s mit Hausmitteln.

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