Whether you enjoy drinking fresh orange juice or using it in recipes, spills are possible. Orange juice stains aren't as bright and dramatic as you might imagine. In fact, fresh orange juice seldom leaves a glaring mark on fabric, but it can create a permanent blemish or bleached spot if not handled properly. The acid in citrus juice can act as a bleaching agent, especially when exposed to sunlight.
Orange juice concentrates and orange-flavored drinks are more likely to impart orange stains; some even contain added food coloring or dyes.
Learn how to treat orange juice stains on clothing so that you're not stuck with a permanent reminder of a spill.
|Stain Type||Orange juice|
|Detergent Type||Laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, oxygen bleach|
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Before You Begin
As with most food stains, it's best to treat orange juice spills quickly to reduce the chances of permanent staining.
Equipment / Tools
- 1 washing machine
- 5 paper towels or clean cloths
- 1 bottle oxygen bleach
- 1 bottle laundry detergent
- 1 bottle dishwashing liquid
How to Remove Orange Juice From Washable Clothes and Linens
Blot With Clean Cloth
Immediately blot the juice spill from the fabric with a clean white cloth or paper towels.
Soak in an Oxygen Bleach Solution
Mix a solution of warm water and oxygen-based bleach (brand names include OxiClean, Nellie's All-Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite) following package directions. For stains on synthetic fabrics such as polyester or nylon and colored or printed clothes, color-safe oxygen bleach is a better choice.
Completely submerge the stained items, and allow them to soak for at least four hours or overnight. Then wash as usual.
Check Before Drying
Examine the stained area to make sure no pigment remains before drying the item. A dryer's heat will permanently set the stain. If some stain remains, repeat the soaking and washing process.
Additional Tips for Handling Orange Juice Stains
Older juice stains or color-enhanced orange drinks may need additional treatment.
- You can use chlorine bleach to remove the stains from cotton white garments and linens (follow the product directions carefully).
- Alternatively, for items that are not colorfast, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach in cool water following package directions.
- Dip a clean cloth into the solution, and working from the outside edge of the stain toward the center, work the solution into the carpet (do not over-wet).
- Allow the solution to remain on the stain for at least 30 minutes before blotting away.
When to Call a Professional
If the stained garment is dry clean only, gently blot as much of the juice as possible, then take it to a professional cleaner as soon as possible. Point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner so it can use the proper stain-removing chemicals.