How to Wash a White Chef's Jacket

Working in a kitchen can get messy. As a result, chefs wear special jackets to protect their own clothing from stains. White jackets reflect the heat from a stove to help a cook feel cooler; this is why chefs often use jackets of this colour. Professional chefs need to keep their jackets a dazzling white, which is sometimes easier said than done. Washing techniques to clean a chef's jacket depend upon the stains it has accumulated.

Spray a protein (blood) stain with dish soap diluted with water and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse the stain in cold water. Use an enzyme detergent to treat any remaining stains and wash it in a washing machine.

Treat greasy stains by pouring white spirit over the stain in a well-ventilated area. Rinse the stain with isopropyl alcohol drops from a pipette and let the jacket dry. If there are any stains left, spray it with dish soap diluted in water. Then let the jacket soak in water mixed with an enzyme detergent until the stain is gone before washing it in a washing machine.

Place white vinegar over a mustard stain to pretreat it. Wash the stain with dish soap diluted with water before placing it in a washing machine to wash.

To wash stains caused by tomato-based sauces, first remove any clumps of sauce that remain on the jacket. Spay with stain with dish soap diluted with water, and soak the jacket in cold water. Use a pipette to apply white vinegar to any part of the stain that remains and treat the stain with an enzyme detergent before placing the jacket in a washing machine.

Spray dish soap diluted with water over stains caused by red wine; brush the stain with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse the jacket's stain with cold water. Place white vinegar over the stain and gently brush it with the toothbrush before letting the vinegar sit on the jacket for 5 to 10 minutes. If the stain is still there, pour hydrogen peroxide over it, let it sit for up to up to 15 minutes before treating it with an enzyme detergent and place it in the washing machine.

Treat stains caused by fruits or vegetables by spraying them with dish soap diluted with water. Flush the stain with white vinegar. Place hydrogen peroxide over the stain if it persists. Pre-treat the chef's jacket with an enzyme detergent and wash it in a washing machine.


Completely remove stains on chef's jacket before placing it in a clothes dryer.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Washing powder
  • Enzyme detergent
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • White spirit
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Pipette
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Dish soap diluted with water
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