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Don't Let Tomato Stains Ruin Your Day! Here's How to Clean Them Up Easily

Tomatoes are a beloved addition to many dishes, but the stains they leave behind can be a bit of a headache. Don't panic – all you need is some simple household supplies and elbow grease and you're good to go!

Updated 14 Feb 2023

By Jaka Rizmal


Removing tomato stains from surfaces like clothes, tablecloths, or countertops can be tricky, but it's not impossible. You just need to know what supplies to use and the techniques for tackling stain.

1. Spot Test Beforehand

When you’re treating a tomato stain, it's important to spot test any cleaning solution on a hidden area of the material first. That way, you can make sure that solution won’t cause discoloration or damage. Especially when using bleach-based cleaners, this will help to prevent accidental damage.

2. Blot the Stain with Cold Water

With any stain, your first step should always be to blot away at the stain with a clean cloth dampened with cold water. This helps to prevent the tomato juice from seeping further into the fabric or material. Work from the outside in and use a new clean cloth each time so that you don’t spread the stain. Repeat until the cloth is no longer picking up the tomato juice.

3. Try a Laundry Pre-Treatment Product

If the stain remains after blotting, try using a pre-treatment product. Sprinkle the product onto stain and allow it to remain for a few minutes before you start to scrub the area. Rinse out with cold water and then use a regular laundry detergent to wash the item.

4. Rinse with Cold Water and Detergent

If the pre-treatment product isn’t doing the trick, mix a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of cold water. Dab the mixture on the stain and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then, rinse area with cold water and repeat the process as necessary.

5. Try a Baking Soda Paste

If the stain is still present, make a paste with baking soda and water. Gently scrub the stain with the paste and leave it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. Do not use any kind of strong bleach solution as this could cause permanent damage to fabrics or other materials.

6. Dry with a Clean Cloth

Once you’ve finished removing the stain, you’ll need to dry the area with a clean cloth. Place the cloth over the stained area and gently press down to absorb any remaining water. Do not rub the area, as this could cause the stain to set further into the material. Hang the fabric or material outside to air dry before using or storing it again.


Removing tomato stains doesn’t have to be difficult. Just follow steps above and you’ll have your surfaces looking as good as new in no time!

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