How to Get Mustard Out of Clothes

Mustard stain is the most popular type of stain on clothes. In the United States alone, millions of people take this classic tangy yellow spread, and most times, it stains their clothes. Removing this stain from your cloth is a tedious task, especially on non-washable coats and ties. If you have a mustard-stained cloth, don’t worry, this article contains ten easy ways to remove it from your cloth without damaging it. 

10 Ways to Get Mustard Out of Clothes

Mustard stain is easy to clean, but if you allow the stain to sit on the cloth for an extended period, it becomes problematic, so make sure you attend to mustard stains once you notice them on your cloth. These ten easy DIY steps will always come in handy:

Consult The Care Label

Vegetable Glycerine

You should do this before you move to apply bleach or wash with a washing machine. You should always have in the back of your mind that different clothes have different washing requirements, and some clothes are washable while others are not.

Clothes are made from different materials like silk, cotton, and wool. Once you find out what they are made of and how to clean them, you can conclude the most suitable DIY stain removal technique to remove the mustard stain from your cloth. 

Remove Dried Up Mustard

When mustard falls on the cloth, it makes a small mold and dries up; before you wash, removes the dried mustard stain from the cloth. You may be wondering why this step is necessary when you can just soak it and allow the water to do its job. 

There is a good chance that when you soak dried-up mustard stains in water, it affects other cloth parts. Scraping dried-up mustard from the cloth is essential because it reduces the possibility of the stain spreading. A butter knife is handy for this task. 

Apply Commercial Stain Remover

There are commercial stain removers explicitly designed for removing stains like this. You can get them from any retail outlet near you. But before you apply any stain remover on your cloth, first try it out on a strained edge; if it doesn’t affect that part, you can go ahead to apply it on the rest of the cloth. 

As I stated earlier, clothes have different materials; some from polyester, cotton, leather, and others from nylon. Each material has its special care instructions, and you should handle each differently. Also, make sure that the stain removal will not affect your printed or colored fabrics; otherwise, you may bleach the material. 

Wash The Cloth Thoroughly 

The conventional washing method can help remove mustard stains from clothes. You can either put the cloth into your washer directly and wash or apply a commercial stain remover on the affected area before you wash. The difference between the two methods is that a commercial stain remover will soften the stain making it easier to wash. 

Use Glycerine And Cotton Balls 

Vegetable Glycerine

Glycerine can soften and loosen the stain from your clothes. Try removing the mustard stain by applying glycerine for around 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

Once done applying glycerine, dab the area with wet cotton balls.

When you apply glycerine to the affected area, it will help you loosen and soften the stain. Use a soft cloth to apply glycerine to the stained area. Once you adequately cover the area with glycerine, allow it to sink in for about thirty minutes to an hour. 

Once this is done, use a wet cotton ball to dab the area. At this point, you will notice that the stain is gone. 

Vinegar And Dishwashing Liquid

When you mention vinegar, stain and smell removal come to mind. It is a fantastic ingredient that can remove mustard stains, especially when added with a liquid detergent like dishwashing liquid. 

Here’s how to make the solution:


  • One teaspoon of dishwashing liquid
  • One tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of warm water

How to go about it:

After mixing the solution, dab the stained part with the mixture and leave it to soak for about thirty minutes. 

  • Once you are sure that the cloth has fully absorbed the solution, rub the stained area and see if it gets cleared. 
  • If the stain still won’t come off, put back the solution and allow the cloth to absorb it for a couple more minutes, or till the stain comes off. 
  • Wash with either hand or washer. 

Wash With Hot Water And Liquid Laundry Detergent

If you recently got a mustard stain on your cloth, hot water and liquid laundry detergent are enough to remove the stain. 

  • Pour some liquid laundry detergent into a bowl of hot water, and stir for a few minutes. 
  • Once you are sure that it is thoroughly mixed, apply the mixture to the mustard stain. 
  • Allow the mixture to soften and loosen the stain for thirty to sixty minutes. 
  • Wash the clothes normally. 
  • If the stain still doesn’t disappear, repeat this process until the stain clears off. 
  • Wash the cloth all over again, and air dry them. 

Apply The Dry-Cleaning Solvent

Dry-Cleaning Solvent

Dry cleaning solvents are designed to help with tough stains. It is an excellent option if you don’t want to wash the cloth; its primary strength is to loosen the dirt and clear off the s.tain 

This solution is simple and easy to use. It is also an excellent option for non-washable garments. Rubbing might also damage the fabric, so gently scrubbing the stained area with dry cleaning solvent and a soft-bristled brush is perfect. Once done, dab the area; this will remove the stain. 

If the stain doesn’t disappear, continue with the process until the stain is completely gone. 

Apply Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is not a conventional method, but it works perfectly. It is the most efficient on the list because it has solid and abrasive chemicals that will help get rid of stubborn mustard stains in no time. This is usually the last resort when other methods fail to remove the stain. 

Mix the Hydrogen Peroxide with a liquid and apply to the stained area for some minutes, then wash. 

All you need to do is follow the steps below regarding the process. You need to be extra careful when using Hydrogen Peroxide, so here is a guide on how to go about it:

First, you must create a mixture; when doing this, be very cautious about the hydrogen peroxide to liquid detergent ratio. An ideal measurement would be two teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide to one tablespoon of regular detergent. Mix the well, then soak the stained area with the mixture for hours to ensure it ultimately comes off; if it is a tough stain, soak the cloth overnight. 

After soaking, wash the cloth with either warm or lukewarm water; this will aid the peroxide in removing the stain from your cloth. Once you are satisfied with the result, dry the cloth in an open or airy space or spin dry with your washing machine. 

Brush and Blot


If you are dealing with a strong fabric, use a small brush like a toothbrush that is no longer in use. Make light strokes on the stained area and blot with an absorbent white cloth.

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