Battling blueberry stains on your clothes can be daunting, read on to learn the best way to tackle these tough stains. Always check your clothing’s care tag before treating specialty fabrics like wool and delicates, which may require dry cleaning.

Cotton and synthetic fabrics in a washing machine.

How to get blueberry stains out of cotton and synthetic fabric

  1. Use a butter knife or spoon to gently lift away any remaining blueberry on the surface of the fabric. 

  2. Turn the clothing item inside out and rinse from the back of the fabric to the front, using cold water to flush out as much of the stain as possible.

  3. Apply an enzyme detergent to the stain and allow to set a few minutes.
     
  4. Wash in the warmest water safe for the garment. Add some oxygen bleach or chlorine bleach for white cottons to help combat dark blueberry stains.

  5. Line dry. Heat can set stains that aren’t completely removed. If a stain still remains, repeat the above steps.
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Use white vinegar or lemon juice to jumpstart treatment of a stubborn blueberry stain

Pre-treat the blueberry stain with white vinegar or lemon juice by saturating the stain and letting it sit for 5 minutes. Then, rinse thoroughly with cold water from the back of the fabric to the front. After rinsing, continue to follow the provided steps as designated by fabric type.


Always check your clothing’s care tag instructions before pre-treating, as some fabrics may have specific requirements like dry cleaning.


Learn more stain removal tips so you can act fast when they arise.

Wool, knits and other delicates in a washing machine.

How to remove blueberry stains from wool, knits & other delicates

  1. Use a butter knife or spoon to gently lift away any remaining blueberry on the surface of the fabric. 

  2. Mix a mild detergent in cool water then add the stained garment.

  3. Gently squeeze the soapy water through the garment to help release the stain.

  4. Wash in the warmest water safe for the garment. An oxygen bleach can be used to further help with removal if safe for your delicate fabric.

  5. Line dry. Heat can set stains that aren’t completely removed.
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Oxygen Bleach vs. Chlorine Bleach

Oxygen bleach is an alternative to traditional chlorine bleach that is generally safe on colors. It’s colorless, fragrance-free and comes in either a liquid or powder form. Products often begin with “Oxy” and don’t call themselves “bleach” but “stain remover” instead.

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