Remove Broccoli Stains

You’ll enjoy your favorite green veggie that much more if you know the best methods to remove broccoli stains. Whether the stain was caused as a direct result of your toddler disagreeing on the nutritional merits of broccoli or a broccoli soup spill, the sooner that you clean the mess up the less likely you’ll be left with a permanent stain.

Remove Broccoli Stains

Broccoli can be delicious in a casserole, soup, or just enjoyed freshly steamed. It can also leave a dark green stain on your clothing, your table linens, your carpet, and many other surfaces in and around your home. Thankfully there are a few quick steps that will help you to effectively remove broccoli stains before they become a permanent green fixture in your life.

Remove Broccoli Stains From Clothing

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Laundry stain pretreating spray or gel
  • Oxygen bleach

As with all stains, it is important that you get to work to remove broccoli stains as soon as you are able to. This will increase the likelihood of being able to effortlessly remove the stain from the clothing. From t-shirts to jeans to bibs, the cleaning steps are the same and just as effective on each type of garment. About the only exception will be for silk and wool clothing; these types of materials need to be treated carefully otherwise you run the risk of damaging the garments.

  1. Remove any chunks of broccoli that may be on the fabric. You may find it easier to use a teaspoon to scrape off the excess bits and pieces.
  2. Saturate the stain with your preferred brand of stain pretreating spray or gel.
  3. Allow the pretreating solution to work through the fibers of the clothing, for up to fifteen minutes.
  4. Fill the sink, or a bucket, with cool water and a scoop of oxygen bleach powder. There are also oxygen bleach liquids, which are just as effective as the powders.
  5. Soak the garment in the sudsy water for up to thirty minutes and rinse clean.
  6. The broccoli stains should be completely removed from the garment.

If the stain is still lingering then consider soaking the garment for a little longer in the oxygen bleach bath. Some people prefer to use the prewash setting on their washing machine, which is a good way to ensure that the stained garment is agitated sufficiently.

Remove Broccoli Stains From Carpets

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Paper towels
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • White vinegar
  • White absorbent towels
  • Clean sponge

Carpets in a living room can take a beating from the food that invariably winds up dropping down from the table. Perhaps the most annoying thing about stains on a carpet is that if you don’t move swiftly to remove broccoli stains then you’ll find that they become a veritable magnet for dirt, grime, and other particles with a definite yuck factor to cling to. This could leave you with a large black stain on the carpet that is a lot harder to remove.

  • Scrape up any bits of broccoli that are sticking to the carpet. You can use paper towels to pick the broccoli up, or you can use a teaspoon to scoop it up.
  • In a small bowl mix a cup of white vinegar and a teaspoon of liquid dish detergent.
  • Apply the cleaning solution to the broccoli stain using your sponge. Blot at it until the cleaning solution has been absorbed by the carpet.
  • Press a white absorbent towel firmly on top of the stain and hold it for a few seconds.
  • Lifting the towel up should lift up a fair amount of the stain. Repeat this until you have successfully removed the stain from the carpet.
  • The next step in the process is to remove any suds that may be lingering in the carpet. If you do not do this then you could be creating another sticky stain problem for yourself.
  • Sponge at the stain using a clean sponge and fresh water until the suds have been removed from the carpet.
  • Use another clean towel pressed firmly onto the damp carpet in order to lift up as much of the moisture as is possible.

Allow the carpet to thoroughly dry before allowing anyone to walk across it. You could use a carpet spot cleaning machine to remove broccoli stains; you may actually find that this is a lot faster and a lot easier. A spot cleaning machine is a great investment, especially if you have children, pets, or you are a bit on the clumsy side.

Remove Broccoli Stains From Upholstery

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Clean sponge
  • White absorbent towels or rags
  • Ammonia

We all know that we are supposed to eat at the table, but we all know that sometimes sitting in the living room in our favorite comfy chair is a much better idea! Unfortunately, it also means that our upholstered furniture can swiftly become stained.

  1. Remove any excess broccoli from the upholstered surface. A teaspoon or paper towels can get the job done.
  2. Blot at the stain with household ammonia dabbed onto a sponge. Keep blotting at the stain until the ammonia has been absorbed by the fibers of the upholstery.
  3. Place a clean white absorbent towel or rag firmly on top of the saturated stain and hold it down for up to fifteen seconds.
  4. Repeat the second and third steps until you have successfully removed the stain from the upholstered furniture.
  5. Blot at the now cleaned furniture with another sponge and cool water.
  6. Use another towel pressed firmly onto the furniture to absorb as much of the liquid from the furniture as possible.

Be sure to not allow anyone to sit on the furniture until the area has completely dried. If you don’t have any ammonia then you can create a cleaning solution using white vinegar and a mild liquid dish detergent. Just be sure to thoroughly remove any suds from the furniture before allowing it to dry.

Remove Broccoli Stains From Table Linens

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Laundry stain pretreating spray or gel
  • Ammonia
  • Clean sponge

To remove broccoli stains from table linens you would follow steps that are very much like the steps to remove similar stains from your clothing. If the linens are antique then you may want to consider allowing professional cleaners to get rid of the stains for you.

  1. Remove any excess pieces of broccoli chunks that may be lingering.
  2. Using your sponge, blot ammonia directly onto the stain.
  3. Rinse thoroughly in cool water.
  4. Completely saturate the stain with your preferred brand of pretreating spray or gel and allow it to set for up to fifteen minutes.
  5. Launder as per the care instructions on the tag.

Be sure to never place a stained item into the dryer until you are absolutely certain that the stain has been thoroughly removed from the item. The high heat that the stain will be exposed to in the dryer is very likely to permanently set the stain into the garment or linens.