Not all food stains are the same, you will need to use different methods to remove different kinds of stains. Here, we discuss some very common food stains and how you can remove them.
Chocolate stains. For chocolate smeared all over, a combination of detergent and water seems to do the trick. Use powder detergent mixed in water in a paste or strong liquid detergent. Rub the detergent well into the stained area; let it sit for some time, then wash the fabric as you would normally, including all-fabric bleach. Repeat the process if the stain proves stubborn and check that the stain has completely disappeared before drying.
Lemon juice stains. Lemon juice will leave noticeable stains only if allowed to remain for quite a long period. The best solution is to wash the stain immediately with lots of clean water. Even if you get delayed, water will still do the trick. Once the stain is removed, wash the fabric as you would normally and dry. If the stain is on clothes which are to be dry-cleaned only, use water to blot out the stain from the exact spot and then send it for dry cleaning.
Egg stains. Always use cold water to remove egg stains or any other foods which contain proteins. Soak the stain in cold water and rub by hand or a clothes scrubber to remove the stains. If the stain has already dried or is an old stain, scrape or brush the area to remove any patches of dried matter, soak in cold water and wash as normal. Remember to let the stained garment soak in cold water for at least half an hour before you wash it. While washing, it is preferable to use warm water and detergent, for the process to be effective.
Tomato stains. Such stains often leave behind a color, so the best way to clean such stains is to wash the garment with detergent and really hot water, provided, of course, the fabric can stand the water temperature. You can also remove colored stains with bleach. Use chlorine bleach for white fabrics and linens, and color-safe bleach for colored and printed garments.
Milk stains. Use the same process as for removing egg stains as discussed in a previous step. This method of stain removal can also be used to get rid of cream, ice cream or other milk products' stains.
Gravy stains. Gravy stains are combination of various materials, there's oil, dye and wax to remove, hence, each needs to be treated separately before the final washing. To begin, use any pre-wash stain remover on the stained portion. Next, make a paste of detergent powder with water or use liquid detergent and rub vigorously all over the stain. Allow it to sit for some time, and then scrub the stain lightly with a clothes brush. Rinse in hot water and finally, wash the garment in the hottest water it can withstand, along with all-color bleach and detergent.
Salad dressing and/or mayonnaise stains. These stains will contain oil, so use a stain remover to work out the worst of the stain. If there is no stain remover, a strong liquid detergent will also help. Wash the fabric in the hottest water it can stand, along with detergent. Check for the stains before drying, if the stains still remain, repeat the above process until the stain is fully removed.
There are many more food stains that you may have to combat in your home, but most of these would fall into the same categories as discussed above. Use the same treatments as discussed and you should be able to remove most of these.