If you love grape juice, then you already know that spilling it on your cloth means spending the next few minutes frantically trying to get rid of it – because the stains are harder to remove once they dry. Fortunately, grape juice stains can be tackled using a few household items.
Learn about 10 different ways to get grape juice stains out of your clothes in this post. The methods listed here also work for wine stains.
Important Tips For Getting Grape Juices Out Of Clothes
Spills happen all the time, causing stains on our clothes. Most stains have simple solutions, but taking the wrong steps initially can make them harder to remove. If you have grape stains on your cloth, there are a few important things you should bear in mind:
- As soon as juice spills, don’t wait until it dries on your clothes. Act while it’s still fresh.
- Do not blot fresh grape juice stain with colored clothes so as not to transfer dye, making the stain harder to remove. Instead, use a paper towel.
- Do not use laundry soap or soap flack directly to the grape stain; this can bind tanning (from grape juice) further into the fabric.
- For all methods in this list (except with old grape juice stains), always blot out or wash off the excess grape juice before you take further action.
How To Get Grape Juice Out Of Clothes
Getting grape (or even wine) stains out of your clothes doesn’t have to be a Herculean task. Lucky for you, there are 10 easy ways to do it using everyday household items. Take a peek:
1. Hydrogen Peroxide & Dish Soap
One of the best ways of getting grape juice stains out of your cloth in one try is by using hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of dish soap.
The process is simple: mix 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and ½ of dishwashing liquid, then mix them thoroughly. You only need to apply the mixture to the grape stain and make sure the stain is completely covered. Then wait for 20 minutes for it to act. Next, wash the garment as usual – grape stains rarely survive this treatment.
This method is also extremely effective for dried-in grape stains too. Also, check out genius ways to get chocolate ice cream out of clothes
2. White Vinegar & Dish Soap
Vinegar contains tartaric acid, a compound that makes it a competent stain remover. If white vinegar is all you’ve got, you can combine its power with regular dish soap to get grape juice out of your clothes.
Simply mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with ½ tablespoon of dish soap, then mix the two properly. Add the mixture to 1 liter of water, then let the stained cloth soak in it for about 15 minutes. After the wait, you can hand-wash the garment and spread it in the sunlight to dry.
As an extra measure, you can heat the water up to the maximum allowable temperature for the fabric.
3. Persil ProClean Scent
Enzyme detergents like Persil ProClean Scent excel at removing all kinds of food-based stains without the use of harsh chemicals. Persil Proclean enzyme detergent contains different enzymes which act on and eliminate specific stain types, including fruity stains like grape juice.
To eliminate grape juice stains, douse the stained spot with Persil Proclean Scent, then wait for 15 minutes before. After that, simply toss the garment in the machine or wash it by hand.
Borax is a well-known household cleaner, so it comes as no surprise that it has earned a spot on this list.
To use Borax, mix 3-4 tablespoons in 1 liter of hot water. Make sure the water is not hotter than the temperature that the garment can tolerate; for that, check the garment’s care tag. Next, soak the stained garment and leave it for above 5 minutes. After that, simply agitate the garment until the grape juice comes out completely. It’s that simple!
5. Dry Cleaning Solvent
From the beginning of this post, we assumed that the garment in question was machine-washable. But that’s not always the case because some clothes say ‘dry clean only’.
If the piece of clothing is labeled as ‘dry-clean only’, then you cannot wash the garment in a washing machine. To remove grape stains, you can use a dry cleaning solvent at home if you’re not keen on taking your clothes to the dry cleaner.
If you didn’t already know, here’s how to dry clean at home.
You might also want to check out one of the best dry cleaning solvents on the market today: Forcefield dry cleaning fluid.
6. Diluted Ammonia
Ammonia is also a great way to remove grape stains without bleeding your garment’s color. Follow the steps below to lift grape juice stain from your cloth using diluted ammonia:
- Rinse the stained spot under running water. You may want to open the faucet fully so that the water pressure takes out much of the grape stain as possible.
- Mix equal parts ammonia and water in a small container.
- Blot the stained area with the diluted ammonia using a clean rag, then let it sit for about 15 minutes.
- Next, rinse the spot from the back of the cloth using hot water. Make sure the water temperature doesn’t exceed the fabric limit.
- You should have a spotless garment not, but if still see wisps of grape stains, then toss the garment in a washing machine for a thorough wash.
7. OxiClean Stain Remover
Chlorine bleaches are effective but only suitable for white garments; they can bleed colored garments, rendering them unattractive. But that is not the case with OxiClean stain remover.
To use Oxiclean, dilute it as instructed on the label, then soak the clothing in it for about four hours before washing it.
8. Baking Soda
Baking soda is great for bringing out all kinds of stains including juice stains. You can use it to get grape juice out of clothes, especially if it is dried on.
Apply baking soda to the stained spot until it’s completely covered, then let it sit for 30 minutes. After that, just you can wash the garment by hand or in a washing machine.
9. Bar Soap And Warm Water
Probably not your go-to solution, but using bar soap with warm water can help you get rid of grape stains on your cloth.
First, you need to sprinkle water on the stain until it’s completely wet. Then rub the spot with the edge of a bar soap until there is a fairly thick soap film over the grape stain.
Next, work the spot with your fingers for a few minutes so that the soap sud can thoroughly saturate the fabric and bring out the stain. After you’ve done this, rinse the soap suds away under warm, running water.
10. Shout Advanced Action Gel
If you’re looking for a hassle-free, all-in-one stain remover to take care of all kinds of stains including stains from grape juice, wine, and orange juice, then Shout Advanced Action gel is all you need. It is color-safe, works well for all water temperatures, and contains no surfactants. Here’s how to use it:
- Spray Shout Action gel on the portion of the cloth stained with grape juice. Make sure the entire area is covered.
- Next, work the stained area with your fingers to allow Shout Advanced gel to penetrate the fabric.
- Wait for 5 minutes to allow the stain remover to act on the cloth. If the garment is made of heavy material like jeans, you may need to let it stand for up to an hour.
- Launder the garment using normal settings.
Warning: DO NOT use Shout advanced gel while you’re still wearing the said garment.
How to Remove Grape Juice Stains From Dry Clean Only Clothes
The way to go with ‘dry clean only’ clothes is to oblige and send them to a professional dry cleaner, then point out to them what caused the stain – they know exactly how to fix it.
However, you can decide to use a dry cleaning kit at home. It’s all fine as long as you know how to use it probably. Dry cleaning kits typically come with usage instructions so you should have no problem there.