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 1

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 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

Sponge white vinegar onto residual stain to eliminate it.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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.