Many times, the stains that you get on clothing or other materials are due to the grease in the butter and the dye in the frosting. That means you have to treat it both as a grease stain and a dye stain. Do not fret, though; this article will help you learn how to remove cake icing stains quickly and easily.
How to Remove Cake Icing Stains From Fabric
Your children may get excited about that cupcake they ate at school, or you may spill cake icing on your apron. It’s alright! Follow these instructions in order to remove cake icing stains from fabrics and from your favorite clothing.
What you will need:
- Heavy-duty liquid detergent
- Diluted solution of all-fabric powdered bleach (dilute according to the package’s instructions)
- Liquid chlorine bleach
- Commercial color remover
- Pretreat the stain with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Rinse thoroughly to make sure that all of the liquid detergent is removed before moving on to the next steps.
- Soak the fabric in the diluted solution of all-fabric powdered bleach. In some cases, this will eliminate the stain and you can launder as you usually do. If that is not the case, continue on to the next part.
- If the garment still contains the cake icing stain and it is white or colorfast, take the garment and soak the entire thing in a diluted solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water (usually 1 part bleach to 3 parts water). If you are concerned about whether the fabric will be ruined by the bleach, test the tolerance on a hidden seam before trying this step. Allow this to soak for fifteen minutes; if the stain is not removed, move on to the next step.
- Take the commercial color remover and follow the package directions. Only do this as a last resort; color remover eliminates all color, including the original color on the fabric, and not only the stained color. After the stain is gone, launder as usual.
How to Remove Cake Icing Stains From Tables and Countertops
If you’ve made a lot of cakes and iced them on the table, it could result in some deep-set stains. These stains could discolor the wood or whatever other materials you have on your countertops. Try this home remedy to get the icing stains out of your tables and countertops.
What you will need:
- Vinegar or ammonia
- Damp cloth
- Baking soda and water or toothpaste
- Old toothbrush
- If you notice the stain early, take a damp cloth and scrub the area with some vinegar or ammonia. This will help prevent the stain from setting in too deep in the surface. If the stain does not disappear with this, then move on to the next step; otherwise dry the area and you’re done!
- If the stain is heavier or set in deeply, make a paste out of baking soda and water or use plain white toothpaste if you have it available. Both the baking soda and water mix and the toothpaste are mild abrasives; these will serve the purpose of eliminating the icing stain without damaging your table or countertop too badly. Scrub it gently with the toothbrush and allow it to sit for five to ten minutes.
- Rinse the countertop or table thoroughly with warm water and wash the area with soap before using it again. Allow the area to dry. If the stain still has not disappeared, repeat step two in order to try and fully eliminate the stain.