How to free your clothes from hot sauce stains
Trying to navigate through life without staining your clothes, staining the carpets, staining your reputation? It’s a pain in the ass. Walking around with stains on your clothes is like a social sin – keep the hot sauce on your tacos, not on your shirt.
You know the rule. You try to live by its law. But, let’s face it, the more hot sauce you eat (and you have it constantly), the more likely you are to get hot sauce stains on everything.
You also know that you’ll dribble super hot sauce all over the white shirt you were planning to wear for the big meeting, the blouse you took borrowed from your sister, or anything brand new. Them’s the rules. And you’re not even trying to change things by wearing that shirt out for a night of wings and beer.
Fix hot sauce stains fast
The best way to remove hot sauce stains is to get them out before they set. The faster you get to it, the better chance you have of obliterating the stain.
Yep, that means you need to strip down and attend to it straight away. And if you happen to be out enjoying wings and beer in a public place, well… you’ll need to decide what’s more important, your shirt or your food.
We say food every time. But then, we usually manage not to dribble hot sauce on our shirts. That, however, comes from continually being aware of how many Scovilles we’re handling at any one time.
The best way to remove hot sauce stains from clothes
So, you’ve gotta get to those stains fast, but what’re you going to do then?
For clothes and carpets:
• Mix 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid with 2 cups warm water.
• Soak a clean, white cloth in the solution.
• Using the fabric like a sponge, apply gentle pressure to the hot sauce stain to blot it into the cloth.
• Repeat over and over again until the stain disappears, or you give up. (Don’t give up.)
If the stain is more stubborn than a mule (because you’ve had so many interactions with mules), try these additional methods:
• Dab some white vinegar directly onto the stain. If you’re happy to put your shirt (or whatever garment in the washing machine, do so.
• Or, rub salt onto the stain and then sprinkle with lemon juice. Let it sit and try again with the dishwashing soap.
• For silk and wool garments, use cornstarch to soak up the hot sauce stain. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then remove with a clean, white cloth. And keep going until you’ve released the stain.
More tips from hot sauce stain removal experts
Okay, we don’t know anyone claiming to excel in the removal of hot sauce stains especially. But, there are professional cleaners out there, and we used to be professional hot sauce spillers.
We’re better now, thank you.
But, while we don’t know specific experts, we’ve still got some tips from those that understand stains and hot sauce.
Hot sauce stain removal tips:
• Always dab from the outside in towards the center of the stain, so it doesn’t spread.
• Let the dish detergent absorb into the stain to work its magic.
• Don’t tuck anything into the dryer if the stain isn’t completely gone. All you’ll do is set it permanently.
• Wash out any solution you’ve been working into carpets before adding a fresh product. In addition to some silly color reactions that you’ll want to avoid, you probably don’t want crunchy carpets that are difficult to clean in the future.
Now that you’re a master at removing hot sauce stainsIt’s time to get your hands on the good stuff. Okay, this has nothing to do with hot sauce stains; you just shouldn’t waste your time and taste buds on crappy hot sauce.
Get the good stuff now; you’ll thank yourself later.