Cleaning and Laundry

Removing Green Beer Stain

How do I get green beer stains out of my favourite shirt?

These things happen. Busy, bustling rooms full of cheerful people can lead to bumps, and these bumps can turn into spills. And on St. Patrick’s Day, many of those spills involve green beer.

Removing green food dye stains from a garment can be a challenge. The degree of success will depend on the fibre content of the garment and the concentration of the food dye. If the stain is on a “dry clean only” garment, take it to the drycleaners. If the stain is still fresh, you can dab off extra liquid with a clean fabric cloth, being very careful not to rub the fabric. If it is on a washable garment, try to remove the stain as soon as possible.

The sooner you tackle the stain, the better the results. First, massage the stain with Sunlight Bar Soap and a small amount of water; rinse under cool running water by holding it taut under the tap, to decrease the spread of the stain. Continue to work more Sunlight Bar Soap into the stained area and rinse and repeat until the stain is removed. If it is a stubborn stain, it may be necessary to use an OxiClean-type product following the product’s instructions. It is very important to test the product first in an inconspicuous area of the garment, such as the inside of a hem, to be sure it doesn’t change the colour of the garment. Another precaution is to avoid rubbing the garment against itself because it can damage the fibres. Do a final application of Sunlight Bar Soap and wash the garment to remove any of the remaining stain. Do not dry in the dryer unless the stain is completely gone.

If you get food dye on your hands, always try to wash them immediately with Sunlight Bar Soap, if available. If not available, use a concentrated amount of liquid dish soap and warm water.