Beets are a tasty and nutritious addition to many dishes. But their red juices can be a pain to get out of fabric, carpet and even your hands. (It’s almost as bad as cleaning up grease spatters.) Let’s learn how to remove beet stains from the most commonly stained surfaces.
How to Remove Beet Stains from Clothing
As quickly as possible, remove any beet pieces from your clothes with a fork or spoon. Try to avoid pressing down on the pieces, as that will push the stain in further. Then, immediately blot the stain with a clean paper towel to absorb the liquid. Turn the garment inside out and flush the affected area with cold water until the stain disappears. Launder the clothing as usual.
How to Remove Beet Stains from Carpet and Upholstery
If any beets have made their way onto your carpet or upholstery, don’t fret! But don’t rub them in, either. Instead, carefully pick up the pieces with a knife or spoon and set them aside. To get rid of the stain, first blot the spot with a paper towel to absorb the liquid.
Then, dilute one part ammonia in eight parts warm water, and use a clean white cloth dipped in the mixture to sponge the stain. Work from the outside in, trying to keep the stain as small as possible. Once the stain is removed, dip a fresh cloth in plain ol’ water to rinse. Allow the spot to air dry.
Not sure how to properly cook beets? Learn more here.
How to Remove Beet Stains from Skin and Hands
One drawback of preparing this root veggie is the pinkish-red stain you inevitably get on your hands. But thankfully, it’s a snap to get off. Over the kitchen sink, squeeze juice from one lemon half and rub it between your hands. Rinse and repeat as needed, or soak any pesky stains in a small bowl of lemon juice.