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Boiling Water For Stain Removal

Updated on June 4, 2014

Water can be your best friend when cleaning! Water cleans everything, right? So what's the toughest stain you can think of that water alone would get out? Any guess yet? You'll never believe it. Grape Juice! It can be a nightmare getting out darker stains but have not fear boiling water is to the rescue!

My Dad use to spill grape juice a lot on the rug by the dining room table. My Mom would get so upset. Then I watched her boil water and pour it on the stain. She didn't scrub it; just blot it with a rag. That's it. I was so surprised that's all she did. I couldn't believe all it took was boiling water. Once the stain was out she'd take a little dish soap and go over the stained area just to make sure it was clean and didn't smell like the juice.

My Own Experience

When my kids were little they ran through the living with an open glass of grape juice leaving quite the trail of stained spots. I was rather fit to be tied about it. Then I remembered the boiling water trick I learned from my Mom. So I grabbed a small sauce and boiled water. Pour it on and the stain then dabbed at it with a dish cloth. It came right out; like it was lifted right out of the carpet. I was so excited that my Mom's boiling water trick worked!

Other Tips

I know there are other cleaning agents, tips and tricks to getting out grape juice stains but I swear by my Mom's boiling water! It's so simple plus your not using some harsh cleaning supply on the stain that might not be good for the the fabric or rug. According to Home and Garden, lemon juice works. Good Housekeeping suggests using vinegar or rubbing alcohol. I've never tried either but I'm sure they work too. I'm just partial to my Mom's boiling water tip.

It you happen to get a grape juice stain, boil some water. See for yourself if it really works.

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These rags are vibrate colored. There great for dusting but even better to use for blotting stains with.

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Farberware Classic Stainless Steel 0.625-Quart Butter Warmer

Sauce pans are great for making quick sauces. I even use these kinds of pans for boiling water to remove stains with.



In this video are more tips on removing grape juice stains. Personally I think my boiling hot water tip is the best in the whole world but these other stain removal tips in this video are also good know. See for yourself, What do you think?

Have you used any of these stain removal ideas?

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    • Jerzimom profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      4 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      Thanks! So I learned this from Mom so I could pass on to others like you. :)

    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This is something I never knew. How useful!

    • Jerzimom profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      4 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      I sure hope it works for you. I know it works on grape juice stains for sure.

    • David Stone1 profile image

      David Stone 

      4 years ago from New York City

      Wow! This is great. I was about to buy some chemistry at Home Depot to deal with some stains on our couch. I'll try this first instead.


    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      Never heard of this, but I shall certainly remember it and pass it on!

    • Jerzimom profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      5 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      @Rhonda Lytle: Boiling water is super for blueberry juice stains or darker juicy stains.

    • Jerzimom profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      5 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      @esmonaco: Water is the best for many things! :)

    • Rhonda Lytle profile image

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I love the idea. I've used vinegar on stains before but it's a double edged sword. It actually sets some stains. Water is much better! No stinky, no trip to go get it, just fast, free, clean. Very cool!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      5 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Now this is something that I never knew, and will have to try it. I use boiling water to kill weeds in my driveway and walks. So now I can use it to remove stains. Thanks!!

    • Jerzimom profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      5 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      @ecogranny: It's nice to hear someone knows this boiling water tip. I've never heard anyone else speak of it before. Thanks for sharing also. :)

    • Jerzimom profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      5 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      @SandyMertens: Awesome. I'm glad I could share something new.

    • Jerzimom profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      5 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      @Brite-Ideas: It was my Mom's old wive's tale. :)

    • ecogranny profile image

      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      When I was a young bride, I inherited a stain removal guide from someone which listed boiling water as the way to remove fruit and vegetable stains. It has never failed me. In fact, just yesterday, my granddaughter spilled blueberry smoothie all over my white shirt. I didn't have a chance then to boil the water, but I'll be dropping the soiled areas into a strainer this morning and pouring boiling water over them. I know the stains will wash right out.

      I'm always thrilled to see easy solutions that don't involve plastic bottles and chemicals. Thank you so much for sharing your tip.

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Wow I learned something new on stain removal.

    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I had no idea about this, what a terrific tip, I'll have to remember this!


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