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How To Get Soy Sauce Out Of Clothes

Of all things to spill down yourself, Soy sauce is perhaps not one of the best. It’s rich, dark coloring just immediately makes you fear for the worst. But does this condiment stain and are they permanent, or are there things you can do to completely eradicate the evidence? Here is what you will be pleased to know.

So, how do you get Soy sauce out of clothes? You first need to blot any access soy sauce with a paper towel. Then, run the clothing through cold water. Next, spot clean the area with liquid laundry detergent. If the clothing is white you can then apply a bleaching agent such as vinegar & lemon juice. If the stain remains, soak the clothing in a warm bowl of water and liquid laundry for 20-30 mins.

Removing Soy Sauce From Clothing

As you can see, the process is actually pretty simple.

But here is what you need to remember.

Act quickly.

The faster you can get to work on a stain, while it is still relatively wet and before it has a chance to dry, the easier it will be.

That was the simple overview up above, but let’s now delve deeper into some of the steps and answer some of your likely questions.

How Do You Get A Soy Sauce Stain Out Of Clothes?

Getting a Soy sauce stain out of clothes is all about treating the impacted area with a clean cloth or sponge and a safe cleaning agent.

Generally, you will need:

  • Clean cloth and/or paper towels
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Bleaching agent; white distilled vinegar, lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide (only for white clothing)

Once you have these items, you’ll want to start ASAP.

  1. Begin by blotting any Soy sauce you can from the clothing with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub this area, you need to lightly dab. Rubbing can cause the stain to become more challenging to remove.
  2. Run the clothing through cold water this will help the prevent the Soy sauce from drying deeper into the material.
  3. Spot clean with a Liquid Laundry Detergent and gently rub this into the stain. Let this detergent remain on the impacted area for 5-10 minutes to work its magic.
  4. Optional: Apply a Bleaching Agent for white or colorfast items of clothing, you may want to consider using a safe bleaching agent. White distilled vinegar and lemon juice are known to work well here. Rub this gently into the stain, and rinse once you have finished with cold water.
  5. Optional: Soaking if you still notice that the stain remains after completing the above steps. Soak the clothing in a bowl of warm water and laundry detergent for 30 minutes to 1 hour. For bolder stains, you may want to consider soaking overnight.
  6. Optional: Washing if the Soy sauce still has not been removed, you can consider applying a stain removing agent, like Vanish, and washing the clothing on a hot setting.

As you can see, steps 4-6 are optional.

That is because, depending on the severity of the stain, the item of clothing, and how quickly you responded they might not even be necessary!

Just be sure that the stain is removed before you put the clothing in the dryer. If it is not completely gone, you could inadvertently set the stain permanently.

Are Soy Sauce Stains Permanent?

Most Soy sauce stains are not permanent, so long as they are treated appropriately and quickly. The faster you act, the higher your chances of removing a stain for good.

That being said, if you use the wrong kind of products, or put your clothing in the dryer with a stain still present, it is very possible that the stain does become permanent.

Does Vanish Remove Soy Sauce?

Vanish does remove Soy Sauce on clothes. You will need to use their Fabric Stain Remover Gold Oxi Advance Powder to do so.

All you need to do is dissolve 1x scoop of this particular product into 4L of warm water (at a maximum of 40°.

From there, soak the item for up to 6 hours and then wash with your regular laundry detergent.

You can always add another scoop of Vanish Gold Oxi Action Whitener + Stain Remover Powder to improve the process.

Just be mindful of the types of clothing you use this product on.

It’s ideal for everyday fabrics, like cotton and polyester, but it is not suitable for wool or silk.


Getting Soy sauce out of clothing can be a little laborious.

But thankfully, in most cases, it can be done.

Just remember this; the faster you act, the greater your chances of removing the stain and the easier it will be to do so.

Always blot first, and only gently rub when it comes to using the laundry detergent and/or bleaching agent.

You do not want to make things worse!

And lastly.

You may need to do the above a few times.

It may not work the first time around – but you should at least see some improvement.

Stick with it, and this dark salty sauce should be gone. For good.

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