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Cherry Stains, Solved

Stains go hand in hand with cherry season. To remove them and other fruit stains from washable fabric, act quickly.
Martha Stewart Living, July 2011

Blot excess juice with a clean, damp cloth. Then squeeze lemon juice onto the stain, wait a couple of minutes, rinse, and let dry in the sun; the lemon's acid breaks up the stain, and sunlight has a bleaching effect. (Lemon juice works on cherry-juice-stained skin, too.)

For big, stubborn stains, soak the fabric in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon clear, mild dishwashing liquid for 15 minutes, then wash as directed. Make extra solution to store in a spray bottle for treating spots.

Comments (7)

  • stacesaun1 12 Jun, 2014

    to get cherry stains out of my son's white canvas karate pants I used the vinegar-dish soap (Dawn Power) on the stain, let it set 15 min. Put a towel between the back and front of the legs to prevent transfer. Stretched pants over a bowl in the sink, then poured kettle of boiling water over the stain. Repeat if needed. I got it all out. Laundered in cold water with detergent and Oxi clean and hung to dry. Like new!

  • Bettyt 1 Aug, 2011

    soak in Oxi-clean. so easy and works every time
    especially good for red wine stains but great on fruit stains too.

  • HeidiSmith 1 Aug, 2011

    yep we have done the boiling water thing for a long time too! it also works on cranberry juice spilled on your thanksgiving table linens. I *think* we have even used it on red wine stains. (if we haven't I'd be shocked LOL) any berry stains really I've tried it on. I'd not do it with Koolaid though if anyone is thinking about it, without testing it first. they don't use natural dyes.

  • 2blossom4 1 Aug, 2011

    Thanks for both tips! I think the boiling water sounds tricky, but if you were able to put the fabric in an embroidery hoop, that'd at least keep it taught. I've got a ton of bing cherries, thankfully no accidents, but I'll sure keep these tips in mind. :)

  • ocooch2 1 Aug, 2011

    My mother taught me to use boiling water on fruit stains. Spread the garment with stain over a sink and pour the boiling water from a little height. It works every time on any fruit stain. Foolproof.

  • paulagarrido 1 Aug, 2011

    Do NOT ever put lime fruit juice in your skin and expose yourself in the sun! It will burn it badly! I guess Lemon should not be problem, but...

  • NinaZoozoo 1 Aug, 2011

    Boil water in the microwave and pour over any berry or cherry stain - and it's like magic. Water must be boiling. Works every time!