Let me preface this by saying that I don't know of anyone who’s found a simple, miraculous way to remove hot sauce stains. Different people can recommend different products, but when it comes down to it, the only way I've found to really remove these stains is with some effort. If the methods explained here sound like too much of a hassle for you, then you can consider these “quick and dirty” suggestions first:
Stained Clothes: Chuck the shirt with the stain and buy a new one. Easy.
Stained Carpet: Move a piece of furniture on top of it to cover it up. Problem solved.
Stained Upholstery:Flip the cushion over on the couch/chair, buy a cover for said couch/chair, or buy a throw pillow or blanket to put there and don’t let your parents sit there when they come visit.
Getting Hot Sauce Stains Out of Clothes
If you’re serious about getting the stain out of your shirt, then here’s what you should do: Don’t rub it, and don’t try to blot it out with a napkin or paper towel—you could actually push the stain deeper into the fabric and potentially spread it further that way. You’re going to put the spot with the stain under COLD running water, but first, carefully invert the spot with the stain so that the INSIDE of the garment is face-up and the part with the stain is face-down (see image). You actually want the water to run from BEHIND the stain, flushing the stain back out through the same way it got there and not forcing the stain to run all the way through the fabric. Let the faucet run over it for at least 1 full minute.
After flushing out the excess, fill the sink with cold water and add a splash of liquid dish soap and a tablespoon of vinegar. If you don’t have either of these, then add a teaspoon of laundry detergent. Let the stained clothing soak in this mixture for about half an hour. Then put it into the washing machine on a cold, cool, or warm cycle—NOT HOT because heat could set that stain in permanently. After that, don’t put the garment in the dryer. Let it air dry so that if there’s still a bit of stain left, you can put it through the washer again.
This method can also work for set-in stains, but it’ll have to be repeated several times. Again, don’t put the clothes in the dryer if the stain didn’t come out the first time. Let them air-dry and then rewash. Only use the dryer once the stain has finally been removed.
How To Remove Hot Sauce Stains From Carpet and Upholstery
Corn starch works best—not only on hot sauce stains, but on all kinds of stains. If you don’t have any, be proactive and go buy some to keep on hand; it’s not expensive. To remove the stain, first use a spoon to scrape off any excess sauce and then blot with a paper towel. Don’t rub it in. Next, sprinkle the corn starch over the stain so that it completely covers it up. Let it sit on the stain for about 20 minutes, and then vacuum it up. The cornstarch will absorb most (if not all) of the stain. If not, then sprinkle and vacuum again.
I’ve actually used the tips I wrote about here, and they’ve worked for me. If you’ve tried any of these methods, how did they work out for you? Or maybe you have a different method that you’ve found is even more effective? Feel free to post your ideas in the comments section.