How to Get Rid of Hot Sauce Stains, Fast!
Posted on June 15 2022
You just finished basking in the fiery glory of a hot-sauce-tastic feast and you’re settling in to throw back a cold one when you notice it: a spot of sauce that betrayed your mouth and bounced off your belly before settling into the carpet. Cue the panic. How do you get rid of the devilishly delicious evidence before it permanently fuses with your favorite white tee (and your wife’s cherished persian rug? Fear not, you hot mess, you. We’ve all experienced the woes of hot sauce gone awry and we’re happy to report that there are a few simple ways to erase hot sauce stains, fast!
Hot Sauce Stain Removal 101
Regardless of where the stain is situated, there are a few basics that universally apply to all hot sauce stains:
How to Remove Hot Sauce Stains from Shirts and Other Clothing
If you managed to contain the mess to the front of your shirt (or shorts), you’re in luck. Clothing stains are the easiest to remove because you have modern technology aka washing machines on your side. So, if you notice a spot on your favorite slacks, follow the “sponge, soak, wash, and sun” method.
- Sponge away the excess with a clean cloth. Remember, dab gently from the outside in to soak up any excess sauce and prevent it from spreading.
- Soak it with some soapy water. Mix a few squirts of dish soap in a cup or two of water and gently dab this concoction on the spot until it fades significantly or disappears entirely. Note that it may take some time for this one to work, so give the soapy water a chance to really soak in before you abandon all hope.
- Wash it well. What are you, a Victorian handmaiden? Once you’ve gotten rid of most of the stain, let your trusty washing machine take over. Throw it in the washer on the hottest cycle the fabric can handle (no shrinkage, please) and throw in some good quality detergent—this is not the time to skimp on stain-fighting promises.
- Harness the power of the sun. Seriously, did you know that sunlight has kickass stain-fighting powers? Skip the dryer until you are 100% sure that stain is gone. In the meantime, hang or lay it in the sunniest spot you can find and then pat yourself on the back for being such a nature-loving eco warrior.
This method is fairly foolproof for removing hot sauce stains from clothes, but if there are still some shadows lurking on your favorite flannel, give it another dish-soap-soak and repeat.
How to Remove Hot Sauce Stains from Carpets and Couches
So, you got a little too excited watching the big game and a super saucy hot wing slipped between your fingers and introduced itself to the couch before settling in on the carpet for the butt fumble of the century. Unfortunately, you can’t just throw ‘em in the washer and there’s no way you can hide that saucy spot without your wife noticing. Don’t panic; unlike Mark Sanchez’s quarterbacking career, there’s still hope to recover from this one.
How to Remove Hot Sauce Stains from Sheets and Blankets
We’re not gonna ask how you got hot sauce stains in your sheets or blankets—some things are better left to the imagination. But if you’ve gotten yourself into this saucy situation, we’ve got your back with these easy steps to clean it up and get back to whatever it was you were doing.