How to Remove Egg Stains From Clothes, Carpet, and Upholstery

How to Remove Egg Stains from Clothes and Carpet

The Spruce / Adriana Sanchez

Whether you enjoy eggs sunny side up, poached or in egg salad, no one enjoys the stains they can leave on fabrics.

How to Remove Egg Stains From Washable Clothes

Eggs stains are protein stains which can be removed from washable clothes by soaking in cold water before washing. Egg stains often contain other ingredients but protein needs treatment first. Never use hot water because it cooks the protein making the stain hard to remove.

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. If you can't soak the stain in cold water immediately, 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. 

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 pretreater, 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

If the egg stain is dried or old, scrape or brush off any crusted matter, then soak in a mixture solution of oxygen-based bleach (brand names are: OxiCleanNellie's All Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite) and tepid water.

Submerge the entire garment. Allow it to soak for at least an hour and then wash as usual. This is safe to use for all washable fabrics - white and colored - except for silk, wool and anything trimmed with leather.

Always check the stained area before you toss the garment or linen in the clothes dryer. The high heat of the dryer will make the stain much harder to remove when you have to treat it again.

using a soft bristle brush on egg-stained clothing
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From Dry Clean Only Clothes

When the egg lands on your favorite jacket or silk blouse, use a knife or dull edge 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 for a knitted sweater, 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.

removing egg stains with a dull knife
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From Carpet

After the egg lands on the carpet, 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 of two teaspoons of liquid hand dishwashing liquid in two cups of cool water. 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. Allow the carpet to air dry away from direct heat or sunlight. Vacuum to lift carpet fibers.

From 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. 

If the upholstery is vintage or silk, consult a professional or learn more about specific stain removal tips.

vacuuming a rug after egg stain removal
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