You Can Remove Green Spinach Stains Using These 6 Simple Steps

Sauteed Spinach with Garlic in Pottery Bowl
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Spinach can be a wonderful addition to many recipes, but it's a lousy addition to your clothes. With its dark color and stringy consistency, spinach can be a very difficult stain to remove, especially on lighter- colored clothing. Particularly troublesome is spinach baby food paste, which can spread far and wide during meal time.

The secret is to treat the stain as soon as possible. Spinach stains have a way of becoming permanent when they are dried.

Remember to first test the garment for colorfastness before each stain removal technique.

How to Remove Spinach Stains from Clothing

Materials You Will Need:

  • Clean white cloth or white paper towels
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean white cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Laundry brush or toothbrush
  • Stain remover stick, gel or spray
  • Laundry soap

Here are the steps to follow: 

  1. Place clothing upside down on a clean cloth or plain white paper towel.
  2. For many garments, you can safely sponge rubbing alcohol onto the stain using a clean white cloth to remove spinach. First, test it in a hidden spot on the garment to see if it is colorfast. If so, proceed and then rinse well with cold water. If the stain remains, continue to the next step.
  3. Rub the stained area gently with a paste consisting of three tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of water, using a laundry brush or toothbrush. Vinegar can also be substituted.
  4. After allowing the baking soda paste to sit on the stain for at least 5 minutes, rinse the fabric thoroughly.
  1. Examine the area that was stained to make sure all traces were removed. Spinach can sometimes leave a slightly yellowed area on the outer rim of the stain. If necessary, repeat the previous steps until the stain is gone. If necessary, continue to the last step. 
  2. Rub the stain with a stain remover stick, gel, or spray. Allow the solution to sit for at least 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, wash in the washing machine with a liquid detergent.

    TIP: Never use rubbing alcohol on wool. For nylon fabrics, make sure to dilute the alcohol.

    How to Remove Spinach Stains From Upholstery

    If you leave a spinach stain on furniture, it can quickly attract other types of dirt that will cling to it, leaving an even more unsightly stain and a more difficult challenge to remove. If you don't take action, the stain may even become permanent.

    Items needed:

    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Clean sponge
    • Absorbent white towel

    Here are a few simple steps to take:

    1. Remove any remnants of spinach using a paper tower.
    2. Put some rubbing alcohol onto a clean sponge and blot the stain; put the white towel on the stain after each time you blot. The stain should begin lifting off the upholstery.
    3. Once all of the green is gone, blot at the area with clean water to remove the rubbing alcohol residue.
    4. Press the towel firmly on top of the damp area to absorb as much of the moisture as you can

    If the spinach was mixed with something else, such as oil (perhaps from a salad), you need to use cornstarch first to lift out the oil from the stain before using rubbing alcohol.