How To Remove Grapefruit Stains

Grapefruits are a member of the citrus fruit family and therefore acidic, treat a grapefruit stain as soon as possible for the best outcome. As it is a fruit, the stain will become sticky as it dries and attract dirt, dust, and possibly Horton and the Whos, if they're floating around in the stratosphere. Then a simple grapefruit stain removal becomes an epic tale of woe and no one wants to be responsible for destroying that community, so get on removing that grapefruit stain, before it starts collecting fuzz.

How to Remove Grapefruit Stains

How to Remove Grapefruit Stains from Clothing

Chances are for a fresh stain, you won't need more than the following to get rid of it, before it collects a colony of Whos:

  • Paper towels or clean cloth
  • Liquid detergent
  • Water

Perform the steps below and the grapefruit stain should be as good as gone.

  1. Blot the the area with a clean cloth or paper towel to remove as much of the juice as possible.
  2. Mix a small amount of liquid detergent with cold water and work into the stain.
  3. Rinse the area with more water.
  4. Launder per manufacturer's instructions.
  5. Air dry to be sure stain is gone. Applying heat will permanently set it.
  6. If the stain still remains, repeat the procedure until it is removed or try a commercial laundry stain remover.

Not all stains come out on the first try, especially if it has been sitting a while. Diligence is often key to the success of stain removal.

How to Remove Grapefruit Stains From Furniture or Carpeting

The process for removing grapefruit juice stains from your carpet or sofa is similar to your clothes, except you won't be laundering your furniture and there is another step for stubborn stains. Gather the these items together, if you should have a grapefruit spill and try the following steps to remove the resulting stain:

What You'll Need:

  • Papertowel or clean cloth
  • Sponge
  • Liquid Detergent and cool water to make a solution
  • Ammonia

Instructions to Remove Grapefruit Stains:

  1. Blot the area with a clean cloth or papertowel
  2. Next sponge with a cool water and liquid detergent solution.
  3. Blot again with clean cloth until liquid absorbed.
  4. Continue until stain is gone.

If this fails to produce the desired results, try the second option:

  1. Mix a tablespoon of ammonia with 2 cups warm water.
  2. Blot stain with solution until removed.

**Although this site is primarily about using tried and true household products and doesn't specifically promote commercial preparations, as a general rule, a good all pupose stain remover, when most things fail is, an oxygen bleach (the most common brand being Oxy Clean).