How to Remove Egg Yoke Stains From Fabric

An egg yolk stain is one you really want to avoid, not because it's impossible to remove, but because it's so noticeable.

Remove egg yolk from fabric as soon as possible.Remove egg yolk from fabric as soon as possible.
If your breakfast egg got away from you and left a telltale mess where it doesn't belong, treat the stain immediately, as a fresh egg yolk stain is easier to remove than an old stain. Most protein stains can be successfully removed with quick action and proper care.

Scrape dried egg yolk from fabric, using the tip of a spoon or a dull table knife. If you're away from home and can't treat the spot immediately, dab the egg yolk with a damp cloth or paper towel. Use lukewarm water, as hot water will set a protein stain. Avoid rubbing, as this can set the stain.

Saturate the fabric with a stain removal spray or stick, and then allow the product to penetrate the egg yolk for about a minute. Alternatively, use a heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent. Place a few drops of the detergent in a sink filled with warm water, and then soak the garment for 30 minutes.

Launder the garment as directed on the garment's care tag. If the egg yolk has been completely removed, dry the garment as directed. If the stain is still visible, repeat the stain-removal treatment.

Things You Will Need

  • Spoon or dull table knife
  • Cloth or paper towels
  • Water
  • Stain removal spray or stick
  • Liquid laundry detergent

Tip

  • Always test any stain-removal product on an inconspicuous area such as a seam allowance before attempting to remove the stain. Stain removal products can sometimes strip color from the fabric.

Warning

  • Certain fabrics should be cleaned only by a professional dry cleaner. Always read the garment care tag.

About the Author

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.