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BBQ Sauce Stains 101

It’s grilling season! Yes, summer is synonymous with a lot of things – and one is definitely firing up the grill for another season of backyard barbecues and cookouts with family and friends.

While we all love a good cookout, what we don’t love is one of the major byproducts of grilling – barbecue stains!

Here’s a look at how to get those stubborn stains out of your clothes:

  1. Start by blasting it with cold water. This helps prevent it from setting.
  2. After it has been wetted with cold water, pre-treat it with a stain remover and let it stand. This should help the stain lift out of the fabric. After it has sat for a few minutes, rinse the fabric again.
  3. Though this step is optional, you can blot the stain with vinegar, a powerful household cleaning agent to give your efforts some extra oomph.
  4. Remove as much as the stain as you can by repeating the above steps, then add another blast of stain remover ad throw it in the washing machine.
  5. Pour in detergent and run a normal wash cycle.
  6. Is the stain still there? If so, give it another blast of stain remover and soak it in warm water for 25 to 30 minutes. After it’s soaked, throw it back in the washing machine for another cycle.

As you can see, barbecue stains can be a pain to get out. Noting this, be sure to try to prevent your clothes from encountering them. How? If you’re grilling, wear an apron. And if you’re eating, place your napkin on your lap or in other areas of risk.

Sometimes, however, you can’t help but get barbecue stains on your clothing – and though tedious, the good news is that they can be removed so that your clothes can be salvaged.