How to Get Soy Sauce Out of Clothes and Carpet

Updated: Mar. 30, 2023

Yes, dark soy sauce will create stubborn stains—but your shirt can be saved. Here's how to get soy sauce out of your clothes and carpet.

It’s impossible to resist slurping noodles in a broth made with umami-rich soy sauce. But this condiment splatters easily and has a dark brown pigment (a result of the glucose and other sugars combining with amino acids during the fermenting process). If a splash of soy sauce accidentally lands on a light-colored shirt or rug—don’t panic!

We’re sharing simple, sure-fire methods for how to get soy sauce out of clothes and carpet.

How to Get Soy Sauce Out of Clothes

Soy Sauce stained shirt near cleaning supplies arranged on a counter topTMB Studio

Things You’ll Need

  • White cloth
  • Stain remover
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Laundry detergent

Directions

Step 1: Blot

Like all food stains, it’s important to act fast for best results. Blot the soy sauce stain with a clean white cloth to remove excess liquid. Continue blotting, using new sections of the cloth, until the soy sauce no longer transfers to the cloth.

Step 2: Rinse

Turn the garment inside out and flush the stain out of the fabric with cold water.

Step 3: Apply stain remover

There are a few options in this step. You can apply your favorite stain-fighting laundry detergent directly to the soy sauce stain, then gently rub with a soft bristled toothbrush. Or use a pre-treating stain remover like Shout Advanced Stain Remover (the bottle includes a built-in scrubber brush).

For an effective homemade stain remover, gently mix two parts 3% hydrogen peroxide and one part dish soap in a spray bottle.

With whichever stain remover you choose—apply it to the soy sauce stain and let it sit for five to 10 minutes.

Step 4: Wash

After the stain remover has had time to work its magic, wash the garment in a regular laundry cycle on the hottest water setting safe for your clothes. Check for the stain afterward and repeat the process as needed. Do not dry the garment until the stain has vanished, as drying could set the stain permanently.

How to Get Soy Sauce Out of Carpet

Soy Sauce stained carpet with cleaning supplies arranged nearby, sushi and chopsticks on an ottoman in the foregroundTMB Studio

Things You’ll Need

  • White cloth
  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Carpet stain remover

Directions

Step 1: Blot

As soon as the soy sauce spills, gently blot the stain with a clean white cloth to remove as much of the liquid as possible.

Step 2: Clean with dish soap

Mix one tablespoon of dish soap, like Dawn, with two cups of warm water. Apply to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat as needed.

Step 3: Apply stain remover

If the stain remains, apply a carpet stain remover. Folex Instant Carpet Spot Remover has over 60,000 five-star reviews on Amazon! Spray a generous amount on the soy sauce spot, gently agitate with your finger, and then blot with a clean absorbent cloth until the stain is gone.