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Your Questions: Tomato Sauce Stains

By Dr. Laundry June 13, 2008

Q: I got tomato sauce on a white rayon blouse. I used Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel on it, and the stain disappeared, but after washing there were yellowed stains where I had used the Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel. After checking your website, I tried Clorox® Oxi Magic™ Powder on the yellow stains, but it didn’t remove them. Is there anything else I can do to save this blouse?

A: Very good choices in dealing with this type of stain. I suspect that the yellowed portion remaining on the blouse is the oily component that was not removed and may have been set and discolored from dryer drying. The colored portion of the tomato sauce was removed by the Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel. The best approach for removing oily components is usually pre-treating using a good liquid detergent or Stain & Soil Remover (Liquid Tide, Shout, Zout, Spray’n Wash). To apply, rub a small amount into the yellow spot, wait 5–10 minutes, then wash in the warmest water recommended on the care label. Check for success after washing as you might need to repeat the treatment.