Blueberry Stain Removal Guide: From Clothing to Carpet

Published April 16, 2021
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When it comes to stains, blueberries can be a tricky one to tackle. The deep purple color of a blueberry stain can completely ruin a white shirt or your favorite dress. However, getting rid of that sugary mess isn't impossible if you act fast and have a few handy stain fighters on hand. Learn how to quickly and easily remove blueberry stains from plastic containers, clothes, counters, and carpets.

Materials for Treating Blueberry Stains

Whether you spilled blueberry juice on your favorite white jacket or your dog crushed a blueberry into the carpet, the most crucial factor to whether that stain comes out or you rearrange your living room is acting quickly. The longer the stain has time to sit, the harder it is to get out of the material. To get blueberry stains out, you need a few common materials.

Remove Blueberry Stains From Fabric

Grab that jacket with the blueberry stain; it's time to get down to work. For the best results when it comes to getting stains out of your clothing, reach for white vinegar or lemon juice.

  1. Use a spoon or knife to scrape off any remnants. (Don't rub it! This just spreads the stain.)
  2. Turn the fabric inside out and run cold water on the back of the stain.
  3. Pour either lemon juice or white vinegar onto the stain.
  4. Beat the bristles of an old toothbrush against the stain. (You aren't rubbing it. You want to use the toothbrush to loosen the stain from the fibers.)
  5. Allow the stain to soak for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Add some laundry detergent to the stain and work it around with your fingers.
  7. Allow it to soak for 5 more minutes.
  8. Wash the garment in the warmest water called for on the laundry label.
  9. Repeat if the stain remains.
  10. DO NOT dry in the dryer until the stain is completely gone. Opt to line dry instead.

For white clothes, you can use hydrogen peroxide on the stain rather than lemon juice or bleach.

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How to Get Blueberry Stains Out of Couch and Carpet

Your late-night healthy treat of blueberries is now crushed into your couch or carpet. While this can be quite disheartening, you don't need to throw the couch to the curb. Grab the Dawn and white vinegar to clean your carpet or sofa.

  1. Per the clothing instructions, scrape off any excess.
  2. Add a tablespoon of Dawn to a cup or two of warm water.
  3. Use a cloth and blot at the stain.
  4. Fill a spray bottle with straight white vinegar
  5. Spray it on the stain.
  6. Blot with a clean cloth.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 until all the stain is gone.
  8. Use a water-damp cloth to rinse.

If you have an enzyme-based cleaning solution at home, you can use it rather than the white vinegar to help break up and remove the stain.

Clean Blueberry Stains From Countertops and Walls

Kids are adorable, but they are also messy. A fun blueberry snack can quickly become wall or countertop art. Fun, right? Not so much. To get blueberry stains off walls and countertops, Dawn and baking soda are your new best friends.

  1. Remove any chunks with a cloth.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of Dawn to a cup of water.
  3. Use the mixture to rub at the stain. (Sometimes, this is all you need.)
  4. For an extra boost, create a paste of Dawn and baking soda.
  5. Allow the paste to sit on the stain for 5 minutes.
  6. Scrub it gently with a toothbrush.

How to Remove Blueberry Stains From Wood

Butcher blocks are a timesaver in the kitchen. When it comes to meal prep, they save you a lot of time. However, the wood can be prone to stains if you accidentally overfill your muffin pan and create a blueberry mess. An excellent cure for a blueberry stain on the wood is hydrogen peroxide.

  1. Use soap and water to wash the stains and any chunks away.
  2. Put hydrogen peroxide on the stain.
  3. Let it sit until the stain lifts.
  4. Wash the area and reoil your block.

Get Blueberry Stains Off Plastic

As you might have already noticed, blueberries make a great snack. But they can be hard on your Tupperware. That is, unless you have some white vinegar on hand to clean your plastic containers.

  1. Soak the plastic containers in straight white vinegar.
  2. The soak time depends on how long it takes to lift. (Overnight if needed)
  3. Use a bit of baking soda on a toothbrush for any remaining stain.
  4. Rinse and go.

Get Blue Stains Off Skin

When you think of blueberry stains, clothing and countertops might come to mind, but what about those blueberry finger stains? You can get rid of those too with a bit of lemon juice and some baking soda.

  1. Soak your hands in lemon juice for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Pour a bit of baking soda into your hands and rub them gently with a bit of Dawn.
  3. Repeat until the stains are gone.

When it comes to stains on faces, use a bit of soap and water.

Cleaning Blueberry Stains

Blueberries are yummy, but they can be a cleaning nightmare. However, stains from blueberries don't need to ruin your night with a few quick fixes. And if you are out and about when the blueberry stain hits, just rub a bit of lemon juice on it. You can even ask a waitress for it!

Blueberry Stain Removal Guide: From Clothing to Carpet