How to Remove Flower Stains From Clothing

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Things You'll Need

  • Liquid dish detergent

  • Old toothbrush

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Sponge

  • Stain removal spray

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Cotton ball


If the stained clothing requires dry cleaning, take it to the cleaners as soon as you notice the stain.


Do not use rubbing alcohol on silk or wool.

Flower pollen often leaves behind unpleasant stains on clothing.
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Flower stains can permanently set in clothes if not attended to immediately. The leaves and stems of the flowers can leave behind green stains, while pollen can leave behind a bright yellow stain. If you notice a flower stain on your clothing, it is best to avoid touching it or placing it in the dryer as this can cause the stain to set. You can remove the stains using common household products.


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Step 1

Soak the stained clothing in cold water for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the clothing from the water and wring the excess water out. If the stain still shows, you will need to use a cleaning solution.

Step 2

Apply liquid dish detergent to the stain. Add enough dish detergent to cover the stain and use an old toothbrush to work the detergent into the stain.


Step 3

Pre-soak the clothing in the sink if the stain remains. Follow the directions on the stain removal spray. Allow it to soak for at least one hour. Rinse the water from the clothing. Place the clothing in the washing machine.

Step 4

If the stain remains after washing in the washing machine, use rubbing alcohol. Make a solution of three parts water to one part rubbing alcohol. Sponge it directly onto the stain and then launder as usual.


Step 5

Inspect the clothing to see if the flower stain still exists. If the stain still exists, do not place the clothing in the dryer because this will cause it to set. Instead, use hydrogen peroxide as a last resort.

Step 6

Test a small area of the clothing to see if the stain appears on colored clothes. Use a cotton ball to apply hydrogen peroxide to an inconspicuous area of the clothing. If the color does not fade, apply the peroxide to the stain. Rinse the area with cold water after 10 minutes, and launder the clothes again.