How to Remove a Mustard Stain


Mustard stains can definitely take the fun out in eating a hotdog. Not only is it annoying to look at, it also has a great chance of ruining your favorite shirt or dress. Not to mention damaging your new tablecloth if you’re eating at home. If not removed properly, this annoying stain will stay forever.

In this article, I will give you some advice that I’ve done personally and some that I’ve read in the internet on how to remove mustard stains.

Fresh Mustard Stains

            The best time to remove the stain is when it is still fresh and moist. To prevent the stain from spreading into the other parts of the garment or making it set into the fabric, do not rub it. Instead, you will just have to blot it with paper towels. Then, place a pre-treating solution over it. You can then proceed to wash it immediately, following your normal laundry routine. This usually is enough to prevent the stain from setting in. If this tip still does not remove the stain, then maybe it is time to apply the rest of the tips I will give below.

Old Mustard Stains

            A dried mustard stain is infinitely much harder to remove than the fresh one. But it is not necessarily a lost cause. The first thing to do when dealing with this is to remove the hardened excess crust. This is because once moist again; the stain will definitely spread if you don’t remove the excess mustard. To remove, find a butter knife or anything that can remove the crust without damaging the cloth. Then, proceed to do these other treatments:

Fighting Mustard with Mustard

            If you know the exact mustard that stained your garment, you can cover the dried stain with the same fresh mustard. Then, wait for 5 minutes for the mustard to set. This will make the stain fresh again. You can then follow the procedures in removing fresh mustard stains, as given above.

Water with Dishwashing Soap and Vinegar

            I’ve tried this method and I can vouch for its effectiveness. What is amazing with this method is it is actually the cheapest and most effective one for me. To make this solution, add a few drops of white vinegar to 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing soap and half cup of water. Placing an absorbent material underneath the stained area, put the solution over the stain. Wait for about 5 -10 minutes for the solution to soak completely while never allowing it to dry out. Thereafter, rinse it with hot water and then wash with your usual laundry procedures.

Dishwashing Soap with Alcohol

            This is another home-based treatment that I like. To make this solution, mix 1 tablespoon of alcohol and 3 tablespoon liquid dishwashing soap. Mix thoroughly. Like the treatment above, put an absorbent material below the stained area before applying the solution. Apply the solution over the stain and then let it set for 8-10 minutes. You have to prevent the solution from drying out though. Do not panic if the stain will look dark. It is only because of the alcohol and can easily be rinsed off. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and then wash as usual.

More Tips:

  1. Do not put ammonia over the stain! Putting ammonia will react with the dye in your mustard and can set it permanently.
  2. Only apply those that are friendly to the material of your clothing.
  3. You can also try an enzymatic cleaner if all else fails. Just make sure that what you buy will not damage your garment.

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