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How to Remove Hot Sauce from a White Shirt

It was a great meal, until you dropped that food, covered in hot sauce, right on your crisp, white shirt. Accessorizing is one thing, but a giant orange-red spot on your shirt was not the look you were seeking.

Things You Will Need

  • Index card
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Old toothbrush
  • Bucket
  • Fabric-safe bleach
  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol

It was a great meal, until you dropped that food, covered in hot sauce, right on your crisp, white shirt.  Accessorizing is one thing, but a giant orange-red spot on your shirt was not the look you were seeking.

Before you turn that beloved--or possibly expensive--shirt into a set of rags, take a few minutes to try to remove the stain.  With some household ingredients, you can get rid of that spot and get back to enjoying your favorite foods.

  1. Grab an index card and scrape the top of the stain, removing any sauce or particles. Throw away the index card.
  2. Mix a solution of one cup of water and a few drops of dishwashing soap. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and scrub the stain. Avoid rubbing the stain onto any other parts of the shirt.
  3. Fill a bucket with cool water and soak the shirt in the cool water for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash the shirt in warm water, with fabric-safe bleach, according to manufacturer instructions. If your shirt cannot tolerate bleach, add half a cup of white vinegar to the wash.
  5. Check the spot before drying the shirt. If the stain remains, sprinkle a few drops of rubbing alcohol on the stain and leave it for 20 minutes. Then wash it again.

Things You Will Need

  • Index card
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Old toothbrush
  • Bucket
  • Fabric-safe bleach
  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol

About the Author

Tiffany Silverberg has written grants and copy materials for over three years. She graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in linguistics. Silverberg has conducted research regarding language development in deaf children and worked as the lead reporter at the Kingsville Record and Bishop News in Texas.

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