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Summertime is synonymous with delicious, juicy blueberries. But nature's candy can cause heinous stains on clothes, leaving you wondering if they're ruined. Don't toss that garment just yet, though! Blueberry stains can often be removed. Our secret weapon for removing a blueberry stain is Dawn Original Dish Soap. You can see in our photos below an actual attempt at removing blueberry from some tan-colored boys' cotton pants. Dawn removed all those stains!
To treat a blueberry stain, apply undiluted blue Dawn to each spot as soon as possible after the mishap occurs. You don't need to rinse the item with water first, but if there are any solids on the garment, gently pick them off. Do not rub the stain. Let the garment sit with the dish soap on it for 24 hours. Don't worry about applying the soap to light colored garments — it will not stain them blue, as you can see from the after photos.
After pre-treating, next wash in cold water using regular laundry soap on the most appropriate cycle for that garment. For an extra stain-removing punch, you can add Oxiclean (oxygen bleach) for colored items or Clorox (chlorine bleach) for whites. Never wash clothes that are stained in warm or hot water — if laundering is unable to fully remove it, the heat can set the stain.
Hang the item to dry after washing. Never put an item that was stained in the dryer. Until you can see if a stain is gone, do not allow any heat on the garment.
Once it's dry, check if the stains are gone. If they are not, you can repeat the process again to see if you can remove the stains further.
Your best chance for gettuing a stain out is to treat the stain immediately if you can, or ASAP. Unfortunately, not all stains, blueberry or otherwise, will always come out. But we hope if you have a blueberry stain, this method will work as well for you as it did for us!
If you ever have a high-end, luxury, or specialty item with any stain on it and are scared to try and remove it yourself, bring it in to your nearest Max I. Walker location. We are expert stain removers with an array of specialized spotting agents that are each designed to treat and remove a certain kind of stain. If you bring an item to us for stain removal, make sure to tell us what caused the stain, and how long ago it happened.