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How to Remove Berry Stains

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Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: What do boiling water, vinegar, and toothpaste have in common? (And no, it's not a horrific trip to the dentist.)

Blueberries from Food52

We've waxed poetic about berries before, those devilish beauties that are impossible to resist. We've tried to reform their naughty behavior -- and in some ways, we've succeeded.

But as every chick flick has taught us, you just can't turn bad boys good. And berries still have one powerful weapon they've been known to employ at any given moment. Beneath their beautiful veneers lies a colorful -- and dare we say fatal -- juice. 

Until now, that is. We're showing you how to remove even the most brutal of berry stains. And to prove it, we've dirtied our own pristine Provisions towel.



Here's how to fix the mess:

  

Immediately after the incident, drop everything you're doing and go treat the stain.

While the blemish is still fresh, stretch the fabric over a bowl until taut. From as great of a height as possible, pour boiling water in a smooth, steady stream over the affected area. This should remove the bulk of the stain and allow you to breathe a little easier.

  

Submerge the stained part of the fabric in a bowl of white vinegar for about an hour. Apple cider vinegar also works well, but it will leave your fabric with a yellow tinge.

Wring out the fabric. If the stain remains (and let's be real: berry stains are persistent), apply non-gel whitening toothpaste to the area and rub, rub, rub! 

Rinse well and remove excess water. Repeat as needed.

How to Remove Berry Stains from Food52

And voilà, our towel is practically as good as new! If you've got some time, hang the fabric in the sun to fade any lingering stains and get rid of the smell of vinegar.

Now that we've shown you how to make berries stay fresh longer and how to remove their evil stains from your clothing and linens, what's next? Perhaps we can work some magic and make berries less expensive too? Now that is some wishful thinking.

What's your best advice for getting rid of berry stains? Share your tricks and tips in the comments below!

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4 months ago Sasha (Global Table Adventure)

Great tip! I am forever staining my clothes... most commonly with oil/grease...but berries are a seasonal culprit, too.

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7 months ago Louisa

Brand new shirt with blackberry stain the first wearing! The vinegar got it out--thank you, thank you!

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about 1 year ago mollyhixson

To remove the stain, sponge with cool water immediately. Then sponge with lemon juice or rub a lemon slice over the stain. Flush with water. Blot as much excess liquid as possible and allow to dry. If any trace of stain still exists, presoak (the method of soaking in the washer or in a sink or tub before washing) in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish washing or laundry detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse with water and launder as soon as possible.This is Sponge with cool water immediately. Then sponge with lemon juice or rub a lemon slice over the stain. Flush with water. Blot as much excess liquid as possible and allow to dry. If any trace of stain still exists, presoak (the method of soaking in the washer or in a sink or tub before washing) in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing or laundry detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse with water and launder as soon as possible.This is the < a href="professional" target="_blank">http://www.mollymaid.co... house cleaning tip for stain removal

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about 1 year ago muse2323

Thanks for this--my toddler can't eat berries without getting them all over her clothes. I usually use handmade soap to treat the stains (when I remember), but it doesn't work as well on berry stains as on other stains.

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about 1 year ago Mary Ann

Your stain remove method sounds interesting but I just use Oxyclean with great results.

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about 1 year ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

This is so helpful. Who knew toothpaste was such a magical secret weapon?