How to Remove a Cranberry Juice Stain

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Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloths and sponges

  • Cool water

  • Kettle of boiling water

  • Liquid laundry detergent

  • White vinegar

  • Bleach

  • Rubbing Alcohol

  • Ammonia


Attend to stains immediately. The older a stain gets, the harder it is to remove. Treat stains before laundering or drying, for easier removal.


Never mix ammonia with chlorine bleach as dangerous fumes will result. Always take caution when using bleach.

Remove a Cranberry Juice Stain

Serving cranberry based drinks or desserts is quite common at parties and holiday festivities. Unfortunately, having to deal with cranberry juice stains can quickly ruin the mood of any party. However, you can quickly and easily remove cranberry stains, and you will prevent permanent damage to clothing, carpet or upholstery.

Step 1

For best results on any surface, act immediately upon the stain by treating with cool water and blotting with a clean towel.

Step 2

Certain linens and cottons can be treated by pouring boiling water over the stain. Hold the fabric tight over a sink, and hold the kettle of boiling water high above the fabric while pouring. From this height, the force of the water and the heat of the water will help drive out the stain. For persistent stains, if it is safe for the specific fabric, soak in chlorinated water. Rinse thoroughly.

Step 3

Soak the fabric in a solution of 1 quart of water, 1 tbsp. white vinegar, and 1/2 tsp. liquid laundry detergent. Soak the fabric for 15 minutes.

Step 4

Thoroughly rinse out the fabric. If the stain persists, blot with rubbing alcohol and rinse thoroughly. Launder according to the label.

Step 5

For carpets, immediately blot up excess spilled juice with a clean cloth. Mix a solution of 1 tbsp. liquid dish washing detergent with 2 cups of cold water. Sponge the stain with the cleaning solution and a clean cloth. Continue blotting until liquid is completely absorbed. Repeat as necessary until no juice stain appears on the cloth.

Step 6

For additional help, mix 1 tbsp. ammonia with 2 cups warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution and blot with a clean, dry cloth. Continue blotting until liquid is completely absorbed. Repeat as necessary until no juice stain appears on the cloth.

Step 7

For upholstery stains, use a mixture of 1 tbsp. white vinegar and 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol. Sponge solution on to stain; blot up with clean, dry towel until stain is completely absorbed. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.


Jennifer Pierce

Jennifer Pierce began writing professionally in 2009. Her work includes Web-based how-to articles. Pierce has also written for “Just Between Us” magazine and contributes to Fresh Start, a local ministry-based daily e-mail for spiritual guidance. She has a B.A. in secondary education/English from Northland International University.