How to Remove Blueberry Stains

Blueberries are a wonderful and delicious treat. Despite this appeal, blueberries are notorious for staining fingers and lips, and anything they happen to encounter. Removing blueberry stains isn't necessarily that difficult, however if you use the correct cleaners. Using the improper stain treatments can actually set the stain into the fabric. Once set, the stain may be near impossible to remove without the use of a harsh chemical.

Remove Blueberry Stains

Steps for Removing Normal Blueberry Stains

If you quickly take measures to treat blueberry stains, you may be surprised at how easy they are to remove. 

What You'll Need Before You Start:

  • Blunt knife
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent
  • All-fabric powdered bleach

Use a blunt knife to remove any excess blueberry material from the surface of the fabric. Be careful and do not spread the blueberry over a larger area. Immediately rinse the stain from the wrong side under cold running water. Continue rinsing until the stain is no longer leaching from the fabric. Apply a thick layer of heayv-duty laundry detergent to the blueberry stain. Allow to penetrate the stain for 15 to 30 minutes.

Rinse the stained area under cold running water. If the stain remains, wash using the amount of all-fabric powdered bleach recommended by the manufacturer label. Inspect carefully for remaining stains before drying. The heat from a dryer can set the stain.

Removing Set Blueberry Stains from Fabric

Set blueberry stains require more powerful stain removers than fresh stains. The stain can be set in by exposure to heat or the passage of time. 

What You'll Need Before You Start:

  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent
  • Color-safe or Chlorine bleach
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Clean, white towels

Although the stain is already set, you will want to wet the area prior to beginning the stain removal process. Rinse under cold running water from the wrong side of the fabric. You can then take steps to remove the stain. 

  1. Apply a thick layer of heavy-duty laundry detergent to the blueberry stain. Set aside for 15 mintues to give the detergent time to break down the stain.
  2. Rinse with cold water.
  3. If the stain remains, check the fabric care label for the ability to use bleach. If the fabric is bleach safe, wash the garment in chlorine bleach if it is white or in color-safe bleach the fabric is colored. 

If the fabric is not bleach safe, you may be able to use hydrogen peroxide to remove the stain.

  1. Start by testing for color-fastness using a cotton ball saturated in hydrogen peroxide. Blot the hydrogen peroxide on an inside hem or seam and allow to dry. If the fabric does not lose color, you may treat the stain using hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Fold a clean, white towel and place under the stained area. This will prevent the liquid from going through the fabric onto the surface below.
  3. Saturate the blueberry stain with hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Allow to penetrate the stain for five minutes.
  5. Rinse well under running water.
  6. Wash with heavy-duty laundry detergent.

Inspect carefully to ensure the stain is thoroughly removed before placing in the dryer.

Removing Blueberry Stains from Upholstery

They key to properly removing a stain from upholstery is to work quickly and avoid over-saturating the fabric and cushioning. Using too much cleaning liquid will allow the stain to possibly run or spread to a larger area.

What You'll Need Before You Start:

  • Blunt knife
  • Clean, white towels
  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol

Use a blunt knife to carefully remove any excess blueberry material from the surface of the upholstery. Gently blot the stained area with a clean, white towel to absorb any moisture. Mix one tablespoon of vinegar with 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol. Saturate a clean, white towel with the solution and gently sponge the stained area. Use a dry towel to blot until the dry. Repeat the process until the stain is completely removed.

Removing Blueberry Stains from Carpet

Treat blueberry stains on carpet as soon as possible for the best removal success. 

What You'll Need Before You Start:

  • Paper towel
  • Clean, white towels
  • Mild dishwashing liquid
  • Ammonia
  1. Use a paper towel to gently lift any remaining blueberry material from the carpet.
  2. Mix together a tablespoon of mild dishwashing liquid with two cups cold water.
  3. Dip a clean, white towel into the solution.
  4. Gently sponge the stain.
  5. Use a dry towel to blot the liquid from the carpet.
  6. Continue to apply the dishwashing solution and blot to remove until the stain no longer leaches onto new areas of the towel.

If the stain persists, mix a tablespoon ammonia into two cups cold water. Use a clean, white cloth to apply the solution to the blueberry stain. Blot dry using a dry towel. Sponge with cold water to rinse, and then blot dry.

When considering how to remove blueberry stains, the key is to treat as soon as possible and use cold water. The suggested solutions may need to be applied more than once, but they are generally safe for use on many different materials. Once you discover how easy it is to remove blueberry stains, you will never again dread little blueberry stained fingers and lips.