How to Get a Ketchup Stain Out

When it comes to fries, burgers and numerous other foods, ketchup is a compatible accompaniment. For carpets, clothes and other surfaces, ketchup is anything but, leaving a bright red stain in its wake. If you spill ketchup it can seem like a large-scale problem as this bright red tomato condiment leaves unmistakable evidence behind. With a little quick thinking, you can effectively get ketchup stains out.

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Ketchup is great on fries, bad on clothes.

Ketchup Stains on Carpet and Upholstery

Step 1

Blot up as much of the ketchup as possible with a paper towel. Do not scrub the area as this will only spread the stain. If the stain is older, scrape away dried ketchup with a plastic utensil.

Step 2

Dampen a cloth or sponge with cold water and blot the area.

Step 3

Mix 2 tbsp. of liquid bleach-free laundry detergent with warm water.

Step 4

Sponge the soapy water onto the area to clean it and lift the stain.

Step 5

Sponge cool water onto the area to help rinse away residual soap.

Step 6

Blot the area with a dry towel to absorb excess moisture so the area can dry quickly.

Step 7

Vacuum over the area when it is dry to fluff it back up. Use the brush attachment for upholstery.

Ketchup Stains on Clothing and Fabric

Step 8

Rinse the area under cold running water to remove as much ketchup as possible. Scrape areas gently where ketchup has dried and hardened with a plastic utensil to loosen it.

Step 9

Apply a bleach-free laundry detergent to the stain, covering it completely.

Step 10

Allow the area to soak for 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Visually inspect it to see if the stain is still there.

Step 11

Sponge white vinegar onto residual stain to eliminate it.

Step 12

Launder the fabric per the manufacturer's instructions with a bleach-free liquid laundry detergent.

Step 13

Inspect the fabric once it's done washing. If you can still see ketchup stains, treat the stain again before putting it in the dryer.