If you have a household of regular salsa eaters you know that salsa can make a mess of your clothes in no time. Balancing chunks of tomato, onion and peppers onto a tortilla chip is just asking for disaster for your clothing. To remove salsa stains from clothing you need to act fast and follow these steps.
- Use a spoon to scrape loose chucks and seeds. Find a clean spoon and scrap off the pieces or chunks of food first.
- Check for oily spots. If you salsa was combined with taco meat or a cheese sauce you might have an oily stain along with your tomato based stain. Treat the oil first by applying a dab of liquid dish detergent directly to the stain. Work the detergent into the stain to break up and remove the oil then proceed through the rest of the steps.
- Run cold water through the stain. If you haven't already removed the clothing, you should do so because it is easier to treat a stain when you aren't wearing it. Now hold the stain under the faucet so that the back of the clothing is closest to the faucet. Turn on the cold water and let the water rinse the stain from the back. This should drive the stain away from the clothing. If you apply the cold water on the stained side of the clothing it will push the stain further into the clothing fibers making it harder to remove the stain. If you applied dish soap to remove oil in step two then make sure all the soap is rinsed out before moving to the next step.
- Apply a spot stain remover. Follow the directions for your stain remover. Some recommend you apply then scrub while others suggest that you let the stain remover soak in and sit before you try to work the stain.
- Work in the stain remover. Use a soft toothbrush or your fingernail to slowly work the stain remover into the fibers of the clothing to remove the stain. Rinse periodically and reapply according to the directions on the stain remover until the stain has released from the clothing.
- Once stain is released, wash normally. Toss the clothes into the washer to remove any remaining stain and the stain removers you used. Once the wash cycle is done, check to be sure the stain is removed before drying the garment. If it isn't then repeat these steps as necessary before attempting to dry the clothes.
Salsa can stain clothing quickly. If you remove and treat the stain just as fast you can remove salsa stains and save your clothing.