BBQ Stains 101 – How To Save Your Favorite Clothes From Barbecue Sauce Stains…

Barbecue just wouldn’t be barbecue if it was neat and tidy to eat. Most barbecue fans are okay with that, but it doesn’t make the sauce stains any less visible. Like ketchup and hot sauce, barbecue sauce is hard to miss on almost any garment. Both sauces typically are tomato-based, but BBQ sauce often has some grease to go along with the red fruit component. Here is a look at how to get those stubborn stains out of your clothes…

What You Will Need

  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar
  • Spoon
  • Sponge

Remove the Excess Sauce

Using a spoon, gently scoop up the barbecue sauce from the fabric. You won’t be able to get the stuff that has soaked into the fabric, but any that is pooled on the outside can be removed.

Blast with Cold Water

A blast of cold water helps prevent it from setting. This will force the stain back out through the fabric the way it came.

Pre-treat with a Stain Remover and Let Stand

Pre-treating with stain remover should help the stain lift out of the fabric. After letting it stand for a bit, rinse the fabric again.

Apply Liquid Laundry Detergent on the Stained Area

Work the stained area and liquid detergent in gently with your fingers. You want both sides to be soaked through. Liquid laundry detergent is excellent at removing the greasy parts of the barbecue sauce that cling to the fibers of the clothing.

Blot Stain with Hydrogen Peroxide Using a Sponge

Blot the stained area with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide using a sponge

Put It In The Washing Machine After You Prepped It

Remove as much of the stain as you can by repeating the steps, then add another blast of stain remover and throw it into the washing machine with detergent.

If the barbecue sauce stain remains after washing, try rubbing liquid laundry detergent or dish soap into the stain and soak in warm water for 30 minutes. Rinse the clothing well, then wash it again as usual. Air-dry it and confirm the stain is gone before putting the item in the dryer.

As you can see BBQ sauce stains can be a pain to get out. A good suggestion is wear an apron or a bib when enjoying your friendly, finger lickin’ good BBQ!

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