How to Remove Fish Stains

Whether cleaning the days catch, opening a can of tuna, or eating your favorite deep sea treat, there's a chance that you'll get fish on you and your clothing and you will need to remove fish stains. The good news is your clothes will not be ruined. The bad news is: lunch or dinner is.

How to Remove Fish Stains

How to Remove Fish Stains

Fish stains should come out relatively easily, as long as you treat it like an oil. If you have fish guts, or insides, on your clothing, then you may want to look up some of our articles on removing blood stains, because there will be more similarity there.

To remove fish from your clothing you will need the following:

  • Paper towels
  • Liquid detergent
  • Cold water
  • Soft cloth

Then perform the following steps:

  1. Start by removing any slime or pieces of fish from your clothing with a papertowel.
  2. Blot resulting stain with a clean papertowel or cloth to remove as much as possible.
  3. Rub liquid detergent into stain with a small amount of cold water.
  4. Scub with a soft cloth.
  5. Rinse.
  6. Repeat treatment with liquid detergent if  needed.
  7. Launder per manufacturers instructions.

This should help you get the fish stains out quickly and easily with simple household ingredients.

Removing Fish Stain Smell from Clothing

If your clothes smell like fish and you've already removed the stains, then you may need to get more aggressive and try the following: 

  1. Mix 1 cup of color safe bleach in a bucket with hot water 
  2. Soak your clothes overnight in the mixture
  3. Wash your clothes in the washing machine
  4. Check for stains and smell before putting in the dryer

This should help to get the fish stains and smell out for good. If this doesn't work, then you may want to consider the garment ruined by fish and move on.