Barbecue Sauce Stains

By Tasha Zander

As the weather warms up, grills are being pulled out of storage, dusted off, and cleaned up. Burgers are being carefully crafted, and steaks are being delicately marinated. Each of us have a favorite barbecue sauce with the savory taste that makes our mouths water! But what happens when our favorite grill chef has a mishap and ends up with the savory sauce across his or her clothes?
As with a lot of stains, barbecue sauce is one of those stains that is best tackled while it is still fresh. Carefully scrap off any excess sauce without spreading the stain around. Then turn the article of clothing inside out and run water through the back side of the stain. This will rinse out the stain without driving it further into the fibers. Use the hottest water that the clothing can withstand (and that your hands can withstand while holding the clothing item!)
If you are lucky, maybe you have removed all of the stain. If not, do not despair! Grab your favorite stain remover, Zout liquid spray is a great option! Turn the clothing article right side out, and spray the stain with the stain remover. Gently rub it into the stain and let sit for five minutes. Then launder as you normally would, using the warmest water that the clothing will allow for.
If you want an extra boost of enzymes to help remove the stain, grab a bottle of Purex plus Oxi Liquid detergent to wash your laundry. As always, inspect the article of clothing out of the washer, before you place it in the dryer. If it stain has not been removed to your liking, repeat the process of pretreating the stain and wash.
Have another wonderful month of happy stain fighting! And enjoy your delicious barbecue treats!