Whether you enjoy eggs sunny side up, poached, or in egg salad, no one enjoys the stains they can leave on fabrics. Egg stains are protein-based stains that come from animal-based products. As with any stain, it is best to remove an egg stain as soon as possible. While it's tempting, don't grab a napkin and swipe or rub that stain, instead blot, blot, blot! And, never use hot water or put a still-stained garment in the dryer, or the heat can set the stain making it harder to remove or even make it permanent.
No worries, just use a few household products, and follow these simple steps to remove egg stains from clothing, carpet, and upholstery yourself at home.
|Detergent type||Heavy-duty or stain remover|
|Water temperature||Cold to warm|
|Cycle type||Varies depending on the type of fabric|
Before You Begin
When the egg lands on your favorite jacket or silk blouse, use the dull edge of a knife or a spoon to lift away the solids. You can use a white cloth dipped in plain water to blot the stain but the garment will need a thorough cleaning.
If the garment is labeled as dry clean only, head to the dry cleaner and point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the egg stain with the kit's provided stain remover or a commercial dry cleaning solvent before putting the garment in the dryer bag.
Equipment / Tools
- Dull knife
- Spoon (optional)
- Spatula (optional)
- Large bowl or sink
- Soft-bristled brush
- White cloths
- Paper towels
- Sponge (optional)
- Stain remover, stick, spray or gel
- Heavy-duty laundry detergent
- Oxygen-based bleach (optional)
- Liquid dishwashing soap
How to Remove Egg Stains From Washable Clothes
Eggs stains, aka protein-based stains, can be removed from washable clothes by soaking in cold water before washing. Egg stains often contain other ingredients, but protein needs treatment first.
Use a dull knife or spoon to lift as much of the solid matter from the fabric as possible. Do not rub with a napkin or cloth because you will only push the stain deeper into the fabric or spread it even larger.
Soak or Blot
Soak the stain in cold water immediately in a sink or large bowl, or if you can't, then blot the stain with a white cloth or paper towel dipped in plain water. While soaking the egg stain in cold water, use a soft-bristled brush to lightly scrub to lift out any particles of the egg. After the cold water soak, you can tackle the other components of the stain like butter or mayonnaise.
Never use hot water because it will cook the protein, making the stain harder to remove.
Treat the Stain
Treat the oily part of the stain with a bit of solvent-based stain remover like Zout or Shout before washing. If you don't have a stain remover, apply a bit of heavy-duty liquid detergent like Tide or Persil (these are the leading brands with enough enzymes to break down the oil) to the stain and work it in by gently rubbing with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush. Patience is key. Allow the stain remover to work for at least fifteen minutes to loosen the oil from the fabric before washing, following the directions recommended on the care label.
Check the Stained Area
Check the stained area after washing and before you toss the garment or linen in the clothes dryer. The heat of the dryer will make the stain much harder to remove when you have to treat it again. If the stain is not gone, try doing the steps again.
How to Remove Egg Stains on Carpet and Upholstery
The same cleaning solution and techniques recommended for carpet can be used to remove egg stains from upholstery. Do not over-wet the fabric because excess moisture in the cushions can cause a problem.
Before cleaning any furniture, always follow the manufacturer's care label on cleaning upholstery. This tag can be found under the sofa cushions or fabric skirt with letter codes that indicate how to clean the furniture. If the upholstery is vintage or silk, consult a professional.
Lift up any solids away with a dull knife or spatula. Never rub because that pushes the egg deeper into the fibers.
Mix a Cleaning Solution
Mix a cleaning solution of two teaspoons of liquid hand dishwashing liquid in two cups of cool water.
Apply the Cleaning Solution
Dip a sponge, white cloth or soft-bristled brush in the solution. Start at the outside edge of the stain and work the cleaning solution into the stained area. Blot with a clean white cloth or paper towel to transfer the stain out of the carpet. Keep moving to a clean, dry area of the cloth until no more stain is transferred.
Dip a clean white cloth into some plain water to rinse the area. It is particularly important to rinse away any cleaning solution because it can actually attract soil to the area. Blot until no more soapy residue remains.
Air-Dry and Vacuum
Allow the carpet to air dry away from direct heat or sunlight. Vacuum to lift carpet fibers.
Additional Tips to Handle Egg Stains
If the egg stain is dried-on or old, then you need to do a different method than if the stain is fresh. Follow these steps to remove a dried-on egg stain on clothing.
Scrape or brush off any crusted matter on the stained clothing with a soft-bristled brush. Then soak in a mixture solution of oxygen-based bleach (brand names are: OxiClean, Nellie's All Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite) and tepid water, according to package directions. Check to see if the stain is gone, if it is, then wash as usual; if not, then repeat the oxygen-bleach method.