Avocados are a delicious addition to many meals, but avocado stains can be less than welcome on your clothing. One of the not so pleasant side effects of their bright green color is the bright green mess it leaves on clothing.
The same browning effect that occurs to a bowl of guacamole that has been left out also happens to fabric that has been stained by avocado and neglected. When that avocado stain turns brown, you might have to work a lot harder to get it out.
Cleaning Materials You Need
- Dull knife or spoon
- Liquid laundry detergent
- Stain remover stick, gel, or spray
- Rubber gloves, if desired to protect your skin and nails.
Removing Avocado Stains from Clothing
- Remove any remaining avocado: Use the dull knife or spoon to remove as much avocado as possible from the cloth. Any other tool might damage the fabric, so work with caution. You are trying to simplify your job by getting rid of any excess mess before you work on the stain.
- Apply liquid laundry detergent to your stained clothing: Use a liquid detergent and rub gently into the avocado stain. Be sure to allow the detergent to stand on the stain for at least five minutes. You want the detergent to penetrate through the avocado, loosening it as it works.
- Soak the avocado stain: Soak the stain in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes or until the stain becomes more loosened. Every five minutes rub the stained area gently between your fingers.
- Rinse and repeat: Rinse the stained area thoroughly. Repeat these steps until every last hint of avocado has been removed. At all costs, do not dry the clothes in a clothes dryer until the stain is entirely gone. Drying the stain in a clothes dryer will make it unlikely that it could ever be removed fully.
- Apply a stain remover: If traces of the stain remain, apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray and let stand for five minutes. Wash the clothing in the hottest temperature recommended for the fabric. Hot water will be much more effective at fully removing the stain, but be sure to follow your fabric guidelines. Otherwise, you may shrink or damage the fabric by washing it at too high a temperature.
Tips for Removing Avocado Stains
You may want to wear rubber gloves when you are doing this task. Mild detergents and stain removers can be harsh on your skin or destroy nail polish. Keep your manicure fresh by protecting it when you do household chores and the laundry.
Remember, only dry the clothing once you are sure all traces of the stain are gone. This may be hard to tell while the fabric is wet but resist the temptation to dry it.
Avocado can also get on upholstery and carpets, the best way to clean those items is spot cleaning with a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Sponge and blot until the stain lifts off. Blot the item dry.