How to Remove Orange Juice Stains

Spilled or dribbled orange juice, whether on your clothing, carpet or upholstery, creates a tannin stain.

Remove Orange Juice Stains From Clothing

Orange juice stains are easy to remove the quicker you attend to them.
Since tannin stains react adversely to some cleaning and removal methods, ensure you use the proper cleaning supplies to remove orange juice stains. In addition to the stain orange juice creates, it can also leave sticky residue. Proper removal of orange juice stains---using supplies found at home---will eliminate both the orange stain and the sticky residue. .
Cool water rinses and loosens many stains.

Hold the orange juice-stained garment under cold water and allow the water to run over and through the fabric. Continue to rinse the garment until the orange juice stain has lightened.

Rub a little heavy-duty laundry detergent into the fibers of your garment. Allow the detergent to sit on the orange juice stain while you prepare to wash the garment in the washing machine.

Add all-fabric bleach to your wash cycle. If the stained garment is white, you can use chlorine bleach instead. Wash your garment in the hottest water possible, according to the directions on the care label.

Hang dry your laundry until you're sure the stain has been removed.

Hang your garment to dry. Once it's dry, check to see if all orange juice stains have been removed. Repeat steps 2 and 3 if any orange juice stain remains.

Remove Orange Juice Stains From Carpets and Upholstery

Scoop up any orange pulp from your carpet or upholstery using a spoon. Dispose of the substance in your garbage or sink.

Combine 1 tbsp. of liquid dish washing detergent with 2 cups of water. Use cool water for upholstery and warm water for removing the orange juice stain from carpet. Mix the solution in a bowl with your hand.

Keep a stack of old towels on-hand for stain clean-up and removal.

Soak a clean cloth in the soapy solution, wringing out the excess liquid. Dab at the carpet or upholstery beginning at the outside of the stain and working your way in. Use a dry, clean cloth to blot the moisture from the soapy solution and orange juice stain.

Continue to alternate dabbing at the stain with soapy solution and blotting up the moisture with a dry cloth until the orange juice stain is gone.

Rinse your carpet or upholstery with cool water on a clean cloth. Apply a dry cloth to the site of the orange juice stain to blot as much moisture as possible. Allow the upholstery or carpet to air dry.

Things You Will Need

  • All-fabric bleach
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent
  • Spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Liquid dish washing detergent
  • Bowl
  • Clean cloths


  • Mix 1 tbsp. of ammonia with 2 cups of warm water to remove orange juice stains from light-colored carpeting.


  • Heat from the dryer will set an orange juice stain. Be sure the stain has been fully removed before placing any washable fabrics in the dryer.

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.