Hot dogs loaded with mustard and ketchup sitting on plates.

How to Get Tomato Ketchup Out of Clothes

It’s a scenario that’s all-too-familiar: you’re having an outdoor barbecue with the family, and someone gets ketchup on their shirt. The red mark shines like a beacon and you wonder how you’ll ever get your clothes clean again, but actually, removing tomato sauce stains isn’t all that difficult. Next time a splodge spurts out from the burger bun, just follow these steps on how to get tomato ketchup stains out of clothes and grab another sausage from the grill. 

 

How to remove tomato sauce stains

A lot of the time, ketchup stains look worse than they are – especially if the familiar red marks have appeared on a white summer blouse or crisp shorts. The important step in learning to remove tomato sauce stains is acting quickly. Dried ketchup is harder to get off.

  1. Scrape off excess ketchup with a spoon. Then dab the area with a damp cloth, taking care not to spread the stain. This should remove most of the damage. 
  2. Pre-treat the area with detergent. This is a lot easier than you might think. Take a detergent designed to remove stains, like Persil liquid, and apply it directly to the mark. Check the labels first to make sure it is suitable for the fabric you’re treating.
  3. Work at the stain gently. Use the bobbly side of the Stain Eraser Ball that comes with Persil liquid detergent to help it penetrate those fibres.
  4. Wash the clothes as normal. Measure a dose of detergent with the Stain Eraser Ball and wash the clothes by hand or in the machine at a cool 30°C. Check the garment care tag to see if machine washing is suitable first. 
  5. Check the stain is removed. If there’s still a few marks, return to step 3.
  6. Dry your clothing. Hang garments outside in the sun, if you can, to restore their natural brightness. If the weather turns, then air-dry indoors or use a tumble dryer (checking the care label first, of course).

 

Now that you know how to get tomato sauce out of clothes, there’s no need to panic next time you have an accident with the ketchup bottle. Just relax and go through the steps above. All you have to worry about then is whether the British weather will let you down! 

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