How To Remove Beetroot Stains

By Subodh / January 22, 2014

Beetroot are amazing to eat and add color to the salad but beet is also a vegetable dying agent and hence it stains are one of the most stubborn stains on the fabric. Here are some innovative but sure shot ways of removing beetroot stains.

White Bread Treatment

White bread has proven to work against the stubborn beetroot stain. Take a piece of white bread and soak it in cold water. Now place the soaked bread on the stain. Keep the bread placed on the stain and occasionally lift it up to see if the color of the beetroot is slowly being transferred to the bread. Keep the bread on the fabric until the stain has gone. If you are not convinced with the result but the bread has turned somewhat pinkish purple on the surface use a fresh piece of white bread and repeat the process. Once you are convinced, wash the fabric in the machine as usual. However, check the fabric for any leftover stains before putting it in the dryer.

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Dishwashing Detergent

Dishwashing detergents have strong chemicals, which help in removing tough and greasy stains from the utensils. Therefore, dishwashing liquid acts as a good catalyst to beetroot stains. However, the result will depend on how fast you act on it. As soon as you get a stain, take the fabric and run cold water over it for about 15 minutes until you notice that the stain has become lighter. Now soak the fabric hot water and mix about few drops of dishwashing detergent to the water. The temperature of the water should be according to the type of the fabric. Keep the fabric soaked in this solution overnight. Next day, take out the fabric and rub it gently. If you rub it too abrasively, the fibers of the fabric may come out or the natural color may fade. You can also put a few drops of dishwashing liquid on the wet fabric directly and scrub it using a sponge or a brush in an inward action so that the stain does not spread.

Biological Detergent

Biological detergent contains enzymes that are harvested from micro-organisms such as bacteria. The advantage of this type of detergent is that it contains enzymes that break down the stains making it weaker. If you have a beetroot stain, then first wash it under the cold water. Now soak the fabric in the water containing biological detergent. After soaking for about couple of hours depending on the intensity of the stain, wash the fabric as usual.

Ammonia

ammonia

Ammonia is an effective solution to fight the beetroot stain but it comes with a long list of cautions that you need to take. Firstly, you should use ammonia only if you are sure that the fabric can take the beating of this strong acidic agent. Secondly, it has an unpleasant smell and may be even harmful to people especially who have asthma. Lastly, never mix ammonia with bleach. Bleach and ammonia react together to form harmful fumes. Make sure that you wear a pair of gloves before using ammonia. To use ammonia dilute about one tablespoon of ammonia in two cups of hot water. Wet a sponge with this solution and blot it on the effected area. Now take another dry sponge and blot on the stain area until the sponge has absorbed all the liquid. If the fabric is washable, wash it in the washing machine or else dry it in the open sun if possible so that the stench of ammonia can go away.

Bleaching

This is your last resort and only if you must. Use oxygen-based bleach for best results. Dilute bleach in water before using it as it can also easily fade the natural color of the fabric. Moreover, do not soak the fabric in bleach mixed with water unless the color of the fabric is white. It can be harsh on the fabric too. If you can, you must do a spot test on the fabric for bleaching. Lastly, read the instructions written on the bleach bottle carefully before applying.

Baby Wipes

This may not remove the stain but can be a good first aid especially when there is not water available or you cannot rinse the cloth. Take a baby wipe and rub on the stain but remember that the motion should be inwards so that the stain does not spread. This will weaken the stain and help you take a breather before you can return home and wash it.

Salt

If you do not have baby wipes and there is no water, you must look for table salt. Just put the salt on the stain and dab it using a white towel or cloth. Slowly, you will notice that the salt has started to turn pink/purple. This is a sign that salt is absorbing the color of the beetroot. Keep doing it until you see that salt is not changing any color.