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Remove tomato stains - 8 effective anti-drip stains

  • Remove fresh tomato stains
  • home remedies
  • Products from the trade
  • Different materials

Whether pure as a salad, processed into a sauce or in ketchup: tomatoes are delicious - and a real threat to textiles. If the attractive red juice splashes on the clothing, the carpet or the sofa, panic breaks out quickly. No wonder, because tomato stains are undoubtedly among the most annoying mishaps. Especially when dried, they are sometimes difficult to remove. In our post we present you effective ways to eliminate the obvious flaw without leaving a trace - so you can remove tomato stains effectively!

The fact is: the faster you notice and react to the tomato stain, the better the chances of removing it quickly, without any problem or residue. When dried fruit stains things are a bit more difficult. In order to inform you comprehensively, we first explain what to do in the acute case. After that we come to various remedies that help you to remove stubborn tomato stains. Important

Even if you do not hesitate for a long time after noticing a tomato stain, but should react as quickly as possible, a few preliminary considerations are necessary - otherwise you aggravate the problem rather than solving it (in the truest sense).
First, answer the question as to what kind of tomato stain it is. The following overview shows the potential stain variations and also gives information about the degree of tenacity.

a) Stain of pure tomatoes: The juice of fresh tomatoes contains only a small amount of colorant. Accordingly, the stain can be removed easily.

Persistence: low

b) Patch of Ketchup: Ketchup consists of concentrated tomatoes and lots of sugar. The latter makes cleaning a bit more difficult.

Tenacity: medium

c) Tomato Sauce Stain: A tomato sauce is usually made up of tomatoes, oil and sometimes sugar. The oil and sugar levels increase the degree of persistence of the stain.

Tenacity: medium

d) Pesto Rosso stain: tomatoes and a lot of fat are the basis of Pesto Rosso. Therefore, it is similarly difficult to remove a tomato stain as with other tomato sauces.

Tenacity: medium

Note: The listing refers to fresh spots. With a dried-up stain, the matter is generally more complex - no matter where the stain comes from. In such cases, the degree of persistence is considered strong.

Remove fresh tomato stains

Depending on the cause of the fresh tomato stain, you will need to adjust the steps a bit. This will prevent the stain from penetrating deeper into the tissue. Of course we always point out the required modification.

Step 1: Dab off excess red liquid carefully from the affected textile. Best use kitchen paper or a knife back.

Important: Dab, do not rub - otherwise the stain will be more tight in the tissue.

Step 2: Soak the textile in

  • carbonated mineral water OR
  • a solution of tap water and enzyme-containing detergent and leave to act for 30 minutes.

ATTENTION: In case of tomato stains with oil or other fat you should use cold water during the pretreatment. Operate with warm water, the fat settles in the tissue. We advise you to dab the stain with enzyme detergent - it will attack oil and grease directly - and then rinse with cold water.

Even with a tomato stain with vinegar and / or sugar caution is advised. Too hot water causes the sugar crystals to caramelize and stick deep in the tissue. Therefore, it is advisable to proceed with lukewarm water against the stain.

Step 3: Rinse the fabric with cold to lukewarm water, depending on the type of stain.

4th step: Wash the textile at the highest possible number in the washing machine.

home remedies

If you notice the stain later, the immediate measures described above do not help - on the contrary, they could increase the damage. Keep to a dried-up stain on the various home remedies that we now introduce.


Tomatoes contain beta-carotene. This substance is responsible for the red coloration of the fruit vegetable (and thus the stains) and extremely sensitive to light. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to hang textiles with a dried tomato stain in the sun for a few hours.

But beware: Colored fabrics run the risk of bleaching. For this reason, it is advisable to expose only bright textiles with dried tomato stains from the blazing sun.


Vinegar is one of the most popular home remedies when it comes to cleaning different things. He has also proven himself in the removal of stubborn tomato stains. Sprinkle the stain with vinegar. Leave to soak for about ten minutes, rinse the fabric and put in the washing machine.


Gall soap works even more effectively. It is a natural product consisting only of core soap and bovine bile and is considered a true miracle cure in terms of stain removal.

This is how it works:

Step 1: Moisten the tomato stain with water and then gently rub it with gall soap.
Step 2: Let the soap work for about ten minutes.
Step 3: Wash the soap out of the textile.
Step 4: Rub the remainder of the stain with gall soap once more.
Step 5: Let it work again for ten minutes.
Step 6: Place the textile in the washing machine as usual (do not wash out before)!

shaving cream

Shaving cream is something of an insider tip for removing dried tomato stains. Spray the foam on the stain and massage it gently (do not rub too hard!). Wait five to ten minutes. Then remove the residue of the foam (and the dissolved tomato stain) with a damp cloth or vacuum with a vacuum cleaner.

Important: For all home remedies, you should first test in an inconspicuous place, whether the respective textile at all with it. This will prevent your precious pieces of fabric taking more damage (which can happen if the material does not tolerate the medium optimally).

Products from the trade

If home remedies do not help, there are still retail products available.


Benzine serves as light gasoline and should always be used outdoors or in well-ventilated areas due to the gasoline vapors. All you have to do is dab the spot with the product, after a short exposure time of about five minutes put it into the washing machine and wash it at the highest possible number of degrees.


Glycerine is a trivalent alcohol that is found in almost all natural oils and other fats and cheap in the pharmacy / drugstore is available. Moisten the stain with a mix of water and glycerine (mixing ratio 1: 1). Then let it work for ten minutes and put the textile in the washing machine.


Even bleaches have the potential to completely remove red fruit stains. But beware: Use it with white textiles, otherwise your colored fabrics will fade too.

stain remover

There are stain removers for various types of stains to buy. Of course, some products are also available that focus specifically on the removal of tomato stains.

For example, the products of Dr. med. Beckmann. The well-known German manufacturer offers several means to tackle tomato stains:

  • Spot devil for fat and sauces (tomato sauces, ketchup)
  • Spot devil for red wine, fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, tomato juice)
  • Roll-on stain roller (tomato juice, ketchup)

Tip: The Roll-On Stain Roller helps you especially if you are dealing with a delicate textile made of silk, viscose or wool.

The advantage of the mentioned products is that they are suitable for both washable and non-washable textiles.

If you would like to intensively pretreat the tomato stains with a professional remedy, the gall soap stain brush will serve you well. As a supplement to the final machine wash, stain remover is suitable.

Different materials

For sensitive fabrics, you should always refer to suitable (proven) products from the trade or bring the respective textile with the tomato stains in the cleaning. Do not use any of the home remedies - this could have fatal consequences!

Insensitive garments - such as polyester or cotton - are less demanding. Very often it is sufficient to use one of the described methods (pay attention to the detailed instructions in the text!) To completely eliminate an unsightly tomato stain.

To remove a tomato stain from a carpet, shaving cream is well suited. Alternatively, powder detergent is also suitable. Sprinkle this on the stain and gently rub it with a hand brush and warm water until it lathers properly. Leave for 30 minutes. Finally, wipe off the remains with a damp cloth.
For sofas and other upholstered furniture, gall soap is the best choice.

Follow the tips and advice of this guide to effectively remove tomato stains!

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