Banana are easy to carry and eat, that people of all ages, and all around the world, enjoy. But if you mishandle bananas then it can leave tough stains on fabrics, especially if the banana stain is set in.
Here are some simple tips to remove banana stains:-
Vinegar is not just an ingredient in one of your favorite recipes but it is also a very good and effective natural cleaner. Yes, that is right! White vinegar has acidic nature, which helps remove mildew smell from fabrics and even stains. You can use vinegar in various ways to get rid of the banana stain. Firstly, if the stain is new, you should remove the excess banana and immediately put dry borax or even talcum powder if you have some at home. Borax ad talcum powder will absorb the excess banana from within the fabric. Now take a small cup of white vinegar and an old toothbrush. Wash the brush before use and sterilize it. Dip the bristles of the brush in white vinegar and rub it gently on the stain in anti circular motion. Your intensity of motion should be according to the nature of the fabric. Keep rubbing until you can no longer see the stain and now wash the fabric normally. Another way of using vinegar is putting ¼ cup of white vinegar with the detergent in the washing machine while washing the stained fabric. Run the machine on the highest possible temperature. However, before you run the drier make sure that you check if the stain is gone. If you run the drier and the stain is still there then it becomes even stronger and more difficult to be removed.
Ammonia is a strong but effective agent against banana stains. However, ammonia has an unpleasant smell and may be harmful for asthmatic patients. Moreover, if you are using ammonia then be sure not to mix it with bleach. When ammonia is mixed with bleach, it releases harmful fumes that may be hazardous. Moreover, do not apply ammonia directly as it may damage the fabric. Dilute about one tablespoon of ammonia in 2 cups of warm water to make a solution. Use a sponge to put the solution on the stain and then stub on it with a dry sponge until the liquid is absorbed from the fabric. Now either run cold water on it or sponge with cold water and let it dry.
Borax is a very effective solution to get rid of the banana stain especially when the stain is new. If you have a new banana stain then first remove the excess banana by scraping it out carefully not letting it touch any other area of the fabric, which has not been stained. Now put dry borax powder on the stain area and make sure that the entire area of the stain is covered with borax powder. You can use a small brush to rub on the stain in anti-circular motion. Make sure that you rub only in the area of the stain. Now run hot water over the stained area and let the water wash away all the borax. You can also rub the stain if needed until you are sure that it has entirely gone. You can also use vinegar while washing your cloth.
4. Lemon Juice
Lemon has an acidic nature and thus it can be used as an effective cleaning agent. One the stained area put a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Lemon reacts with oxygen in air and thus you should try to use fresh lemon to squeeze out the juice. Another effective way is to cut a fresh lemon into two halves. Now use one-half of the lemon and rub it on the stain in anti circular motion. Rub the lemon on the stain until the stain is gone. Wash the fabric if possible in hot water and dry as usual. Another way if using lemon is to take one-half of lemon and dab it on salt. Now rub this lemon with salt on the stained area. Alternatively, you can also add a few drops of lemon juice to your detergent when washing your fabric.
5. Dish-washing Liquid
Dish-washing liquid may also be a good option but it may be very harsh on your fabric. Hence, make sure that the fabric can take the beating. Dish-washing liquid is generally very effective with upholstery or carpet. Make a solution by putting one tablespoon of dish washing liquid in two cups of water. Use a piece of cloth to sponge the stain using the solution. Now take another fresh piece of cloth and dab on it until the liquid is absorbed. Keep doing this until the stain has disappeared.
This should be your last resort if nothing else works. It may be your preferred solution if it is a white cloth but bleach is very hard on the fabric but will surely do the job for you. However, if you have a colored fabric you can use colored bleach. Lastly, do a spot test on the fabric before bleaching it.