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How to remove spaghetti sauce from clothes

Some people like their pasta sauce in the traditional Italian style, while some prefer it with masala spices. Pasta-lovers of all kinds, however, know the horror of splashing that lurid red sauce down your favourite shirt. There’s no need to despair, though – pasta sauce stain removal is easy once you know how. Here’s the secret.


Removing pasta sauce stains from clothing, step-by-step

Just found a spaghetti sauce stain? Removal from clothes will be easier if you act fast, but don’t worry too much if you can’t start right away. Just dab the stain with a damp cloth or napkin to keep it wet until the time is right.

All set? Here’s how to remove spaghetti sauce:

  1. Scrape off the sauce. Use a spoon or a dull knife to scrape away any bits of onion, tomato or other vegetables, then blot the area with a damp cloth or paper napkin.
  2. Flush with cold water. Flushing a stain just means rinsing it from the back to the front. Hold the fabric under the tap so that the stain is facing downwards, then direct a strong stream of cold water over the stained area. This will help to push the sauce out of the fabric, making spaghetti stain removal easier. 
  3. Pre-treat the stain. If you’re going to be washing your garment in the machine, Surf excel Matic liquid is a good choice for removing pasta sauce stains from clothing. Just pour a few drops onto the stained area and then gently it work in with the Scrubber cap before putting the item into the washer.
    If you’re a hand wash household, you might try the stain-busting Surf excel Bar – it works wonders on tough stains like this! 
  4. Wash as normal. Check the instructions on the care label first, especially if you’re washing in a machine – more delicate fabrics might need a special wash programme or even a hand wash.

Remember: If need to know how to remove spaghetti sauce from a fragile fabric, such as silk or wool, the label should give you a helping hand. Make sure you check it before you try any stain removal method. If you’re unsure, take it to a professional laundry service – they’ll know what to do. 

And there you have it: pasta sauce stain removal made simple! Enjoy your Italian-inspired feast, safe in the knowledge that you can handle any stains that come your way.

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