Tips for moms: How to clean orange stains from clothes


It’s probably unlikely that orange juice hasn’t been spilled at least once on your child’s clothes or yours.

And the stain may be intense and worry you about whether it will come out in the wash, but you will find that it is not one of the difficult stains.


Teenage girl puts orange juice in the glass.

Orange stain removal

As with most stains, the sooner you remove it, the better it will clean.

Step 1

Immediately wipe the juice from the fabric with a clean white cloth or paper towel.

Step 2The

Mix a solution of warm water and oxygen-based bleach following package directions. For stains on synthetic fabrics such as polyester or nylon and colored or printed clothing, oxygen bleach is a better choice.

Completely submerge the stained clothing and let it soak for at least four hours or overnight. Then wash them as usual.

Step 3The

Washing the garment with detergent and warm water helps remove any shadow the stain may have left.

Step 4The

Before putting the garment in the dryer, check whether the stain has been removed. The heat of the dryer will make the stain permanent. If there is still some shade, follow the soaking process.


Little girl drinks orange juice.

Additional tips for orange juice stains

Older stains from juices or color-enhanced orange drinks may need additional treatment.

  • You can use chlorine bleach to remove stains from cotton white clothes and linens (follow product instructions carefully).
  • Alternatively, mix an oxygen-based bleach solution in cool water following package directions.
  • Dip a clean cloth into the solution and working from the outer edge of the stain to the center, apply the stain solution (do not over-wet).
  • Allow the solution to sit on the stain for at least 30 minutes before wiping.

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