Tomato-based stains can be difficult to remove. Often, a tomato stain is really from a combination of substances such as tomato sauce, which contains both fat or oil and the red colouring of the tomato. The trick to removing a tomato-based stain from clothing is treating the stain as both an oil and a dye stain.
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Things you need
- Washing powder
- Oxygen bleach
Rub liquid washing powder on the stain to pretreat it. Allow the detergent to stand one minute before laundering.
Fill the washing machine with hot water.
Pour in ½ cup borax for a full laundry load or 1 tbsp per gallon of water for smaller loads.
Pour in oxygen bleach. Follow the directions on the product label regarding the amount.
Add washing powder. Follow the directions on the product label regarding the amount.
Wash the garment, following the manufacturer's suggestions for the wash cycle.
Tips and warnings
- If the stain contains a protein, launder in cold water because hot water will set the stain.
- Treat the stain as quickly as possible.
- Borax and Oxygen bleach are usually found in the washing powder aisle of grocery stores.
- Read the fabric care tag on the clothing item and follow all warnings.
- Heat sets stains. If your stain has been through the dryer, the stain may be impossible to remove.
- Do not use dishwasher detergent on your clothes because the chemical make-up is not designed for the delicate nature of clothing.
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