In my opinion, blueberries are one of the cornerstone fruits of the summer season. My family and I love blueberries! We eat them in oatmeal, muffins, DIY popsicles, muddled in cocktails, frozen, raw, and so on. The ONLY issue I have with blueberries is the fact that blueberry juice stains nearly every surface it comes into contact with.
After plenty of trial (and some error), I am here to share exactly how to get blueberry stains out of almost anything.
Remove Blueberry Stains from Clothing
When it comes to removing blueberry stains from clothing fabric, make sure to start by checking garment care labels. Take care to use detergents appropriate for your garment’s fabric type. The stain removal steps detailed below will be appropriate for most casual clothing fabrics.
- Flush the stain with cold water rinsing from the inside out.
- For severe or stubborn stains, saturate the stain in distilled white vinegar for 5-15 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
- Rub a small amount of laundry detergent or other commercial stain remover into the stain and wait 5 minutes (or longer/shorter per product package instructions).
- Machine or hand wash per garment care label instructions.
- Add an oxygen bleach (if appropriate for the fabric) to the wash cycle for added stain removal power.
- Always line dry to ensure the stain is gone as heat will set the stain.
- Repeat steps as necessary until the stain is removed.
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Get Blueberry Stains Out of Upholstery and Carpet
It can be terrifying when you notice a squashed blueberry stain on the carpet or on a sofa cushion. With the right ingredients, methods, and tools, you’ll find that removing blueberry stains from upholstery or carpet is a less daunting task than you thought.
- Carefully scrape and remove any excess blueberries from the surface of the stain.
- Mix your cleaning solution of choice. Some simple options include:
- ⅛ tsp dish soap per 2 cups water
- ⅛ tsp laundry detergent per 2 cups water
- 1 part distilled white vinegar 1 part water
- Apply your cleaning solution to the stain either with a spray bottle or with a clean cloth dipped in the solution.
- Blot the stain (don’t rub!) repeatedly with the applied solution.
- Blot with a clean cloth dipped in water.
- Repeat until the stain has lifted.
- Press with a clean, dry cloth to remove as much moisture as possible.
- Alternatively, use an upholstery and carpet steam cleaner to remove the stain.
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Remove Blueberry Stains from Wood
From cutting boards to butcher block counters, wood tables to wood floors, it’s no wonder that blueberry stains on wood surfaces are so common. When it comes to removing blueberry stains from wood, I always recommend starting with the most gentle cleaning solutions first and slowly working your way up.
- Scrub the stain gently with dish soap and warm water.
- If the stain persists, you can apply coarse salt to the stain and rub with half a lemon (this method works well on cutting boards or butcher block counters).
- Rinse clean with water.
- Alternatively, apply distilled white vinegar or lemon juice to the stain. Allow it to sit for a few minutes then wipe dry.
- Rinse or wipe clean with water.
- Repeat until the stain lifts.
- Oil or polish the wood’s surface.
How to Get Blueberry Stains out of Marble or Stone
Does the idea of a blueberry stain on your precious marble counters or travertine floors make your heart sink? By following these steps as quickly after the stain occurs as possible, you can (and surely will!) lift blueberry stains from stone surfaces.
- Start by gently scrubbing the stain with a sponge dipped in warm, sudsy soap and water.
- Create a paste with baking soda and water. Cover the stain with this paste and leave it to dry overnight.
- If the stain persists, apply hydrogen peroxide to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping dry.
- Repeat until the stain lifts from the stone.
- Wipe the surface clean with water and a clean cloth.
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Remove Blueberry Stains from Grout
If blueberry juice somehow ends up on tile grout, don’t worry. We can fix it, and you don’t have to go straight to your bottle of chlorine bleach (unless you want to, I suppose). Follow these steps to remove blueberry stains from grout.
- Mix baking soda, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide until the mixture reaches the consistency of brownie batter.
- Apply the mixture to the stained grout and allow it to sit for several minutes (I let it sit for 5-30 minutes depending on the age and severity of the stain).
- Scrub then rinse clean with water.
- Repeat as necessary.
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Get Blueberry Stains Out of Plastic
There are so many plastic surfaces that blueberries could potentially stain. Plastic food storage containers, plastic cutting boards, plastic serving bowls, vinyl floors, and more. Removing blueberry stains from plastic is not a big deal, especially if you act quickly!
- Start by washing the stained surface with soap and warm water.
- Soak the stain in distilled white vinegar. Lemon juice works as well if you don’t have vinegar on hand.
- Rinse clean.
- If the stain persists, wash the surface with a loose paste of dish soap and baking soda.
- Rinse, and repeat all of these steps as necessary until the stain lifts.
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Kait is the founder and editor of A Clean Bee. She is passionate about discovering natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable ways to clean and organize her home. Kait has been featured in online publications such as NBC News, Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed and PopSugar for her expertise in natural cleaning techniques. She enjoys spending her off-time outside in her garden with her husband and their two small boys.