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How To Get Sweet And Sour Sauce Out Of Clothes

Have you dropped some Sweet and Sour sauce down you? Worried that you may have tarnished your clothes and wondering whether there is a way to save them? Here is what you will be thankful to know, and what you should do.

So, how do you get Sweet and Sour sauce out of clothes? Begin by gently scooping any excess sauce from the clothing. Then flush the clothing under cold water and spot treat with laundry detergent. Leave for 5 minutes. After, treat with a stain removing treatment and allow a further 10 minutes. Washing after on a hot setting may be required.

That’s the gist of it.

But the good news is, this method works the majority of the time.

And you’re clothing should be saved in no time.

That being said, it’s essential to get to work as soon as you can on the stain.

The quicker you notice and work on it – the better.

Let us now delve a little deeper into the process steps, and stain remover recommendations, so that you know for sure what to do, when, and how.

How Do You Get A Sweet And Sour Sauce Stain Out Of Clothes?

Getting a Sweet and Source sauce stain out of your clothes requires localized cleaning with a safe laundry detergent and/or stain removing treatment.

You will need:

  • Spoon/Knife
  • Sponge/paper towels,
  • Liquid laundry detergent/dish soap.
  • Stain removing treatment
  • Optional: White Vinegar/Lemon Juice

And access to a tap!

Once you have these items, you should get to work on the stain as soon as you can. Preferably, before it has had the chance to dry.

  1. Begin by scooping any excess Sweet and Sour sauce with a spoon or knife. Be careful and try to get underneath the excess sauce. Be careful not to push the sauce further into the clothing. You will not be able to remove the sauce that has soaked in, but the idea here is to prevent worsening the stain during the following step(s).
  2. Run the clothing under cold water preferably from the wrong side. So, you may need to turn your clothing inside out to begin with. This wll flush the stain through the way it landed. Be sure to only use cold water and warm or hot water can worsen the stain. Be sure to flush for at least 3-5 minutes.
  3. Spot clean with a small amount of liquid laundry detergent (like a Persil) and gently rub and massage this directly into the stain using your thumbs and fingers. Let this detergent remain on the impacted area for 5-10 minutes. Then, rinse the detergent out by running through lukewarm water. If you do not have laundry detergent to hand, a small amount of dish soap should work as well.
  4. Optional: For purely white clothing items you may want to consider using a natural and gentle bleaching agent. White distilled vinegar and lemon juice are ideal here. All you need to do is apply a small amount onto a sponge/paper towel and gently work into the stain. Be careful here as any color in the clothing could cause discoloration (so perhaps work on a hidden or safe part of the clothing first).
  5. Apply a stain remover to both sides of the stain, such as this recommended product from Amazon and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Washing the clothing in a washing machine, with more laundry deturgent and on the highest setting the fabric can tolerate. Once the cycle has finished, check the stain to ensure it has been removed.
  7. Let the clothing dry naturally. Do not put the clothing into the dryer unless the stain has been successfully removed. Otherwise repeat steps 1-6 again.

Are Sweet And Sour Sauce Stains Permanent?

Most of the time, a Sweet and Sour Soy sauce stain should not be permanent. That is if you act quickly and treat appropriately. The quicker you can work on the stain, the better the chances of removing the stain more easily.

On the other hand, if you use the wrong products, expose the stain to warm water at the wrong time, or add the clothing to the dryer while the stain is still on the clothing – you may find the stain does become permanent.


Getting Sweet and Sour sauce out of clothing is a little time-consuming.

That process set out above will require about 30 minutes of your time.

But it’s worth it.

You should be able to remove that stain you so desperately are kicking yourself over.

Just be sure to act promptly.

The quicker you are to act, the higher the chances of removing the stain, and generally, the easier it will be.

And do consider that the above steps can, and sometimes should be repeated a few times before you proceed to dry the clothing.

It really does depend on the sauce, the ingredients, and how much you got down you!

But persevere and your efforts should be rewarded with a stainless piece!

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