How to Get Hot Sauce Stains Out

Many love the fire of hot sauce on their food, but not the stains that leave them thinking how to get hot sauce stains out. Whether you need to get the hot sauce stain out of the carpet, the couch, or clothing you need to start treating the stain as soon as possible. Like most stains the quicker you can start treating the hot sauce stain the easier it will be to remove.

Remove Hot Sauce Stains

How to Get Hot Sauce Stains Out of Clothing

What you will need:

  • Cold water
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • White cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Commercial laundry stain remover
  • Color bleach or chlorine bleach

When you are out eating and enjoying hot sauce it seems that it is inevitable that you will get some on your clothes. If this happens and you are out try blotting the stain with a little of your ice water, but if the stain cannot be treated right away then you will need to complete the following steps. Like most stains it is much easier to remove hot sauce when you can get to treating the stain right away.

  1. To begin you will want to run cold water through the back of the stain. The reason you flush the stain through the back is to ensure you do not run the hot sauce into the rest of the garment. Continue to rinse the clothing until you can no longer get the hot sauce out.
  2. Next, you will apply liquid laundry soap to the hot sauce stain.
  3. Using your fingers gently rub the liquid laundry detergent into the stain. You do not need to rub the stain too much. All you need to do is make sure the stain is completely coated with the liquid laundry soap.
  4. Allow the liquid laundry soap to sit on the hot sauce stain for several minutes. If you have a stubborn hot sauce stain you can allow it so sit a little longer, just make sure that the laundry soap does not dry out.
  5. Rinse the stain thoroughly.
  6. Apply a generous amount of white vinegar to a clean white cloth.
  7. Using the damp cloth sponge the white vinegar onto the hot sauce stain.
  8. Rinse the stain again.
  9. Inspect the area. If the stain remains you can repeat steps 2-8 until you can no longer remove any more of the hot sauce stain.
  10. Treat the hot sauce stain with a commercial stain remover of your choice. Follow the directions that are on the bottle to ensure you will be able to properly remove the stain. 
  11. Launder as you normally would. Do not put the clothing in the dryer if the stain has not been removed. This will only make the stain further penetrate the fibers making it very difficult to remove.
  12. Inspect the stained area. If the stain remains you will need to reapply liquid laundry soap to the stain. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and then wash as you normally would using a little bit of colored bleach or chlorine bleach if safe to use on the garment.

How to Get Hot Sauce Stains Out of Carpet and Upholstery

What you will need:

  • Paper towels
  • Clean white cloth
  • Cool water
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Cold water

Luckily the stain removal process for removing hot sauce from carpeting and upholstery are the same. The sooner you can treat the stain the easier it will be remove the stain. One major tip to removing the stain is to not get more of the carpet or upholstery wet than is needed.

  1. If the stain is really fresh and still wet, use a paper towel to gently blot any remaining hot sauce off of the surface. Do not rub the stain as this will only make the stain harder to remove. Also, try to be careful to not spread the stain any further when completing this step.
  2. Next, you will need to mix a solution of 2 cups cool water, 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent, and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Mix the solution well.
  3. Saturate a clean white cloth with the solution. Sponge the solution onto the hot sauce stain. Do not put the solution directly on the upholstery or the carpet. Tip: using a white cloth to clean the stain will allow you to make sure you will not cause yet another stain on the fabric. Some colored towels and cloths will bleed when using them to clean.
  4. Blot the stain with the white cloth and solution. You should do this until the hot sauce stain has been removed.
  5. Continue to change your white cloth as the stain begins to transfer from the fabric to the cloth.
  6. Inspect the area. If the stain has been removed you will need to saturate a clean white cloth with clean COLD water. Blot the stain until the cleaning solution has been removed from the carpet or upholstery. 
  7. Once you are sure the cleaning solution and the hot sauce stain has been removed you can bolt the stain dry with another clean white cloth or paper towel.