Does pomegranate stain clothes

How to Clean Pomegranate Juice Stains


Pomegranates are known for their healthy qualities. If you’ve ever tried to open one, you know that it takes skill to remove the healthy seeds without squirting the juice. The key to removing these stains is prompt removal. The longer the juice is allowed to sit on fabric, the more difficult, or impossible, it will be to remove.

Removing Pomegranate Stains from Fabric

One of our wonferful site users submitted a removal method that has been successful for many. If you have some baking soda, consider trying that method first. See the comment below by Sunshine describing the baking soda method. If you are unable to pour boiling water as described, consider putting the item directly into the water instead as another commenter did.

You Will Need:

  • Cold water
  • An enzyme cleaner or
  • Liquid dish soap or laundry detergent
  • Small bowl or dish (large enough to hold the stained portion of the fabric)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (possibly)

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Begin by running cold water through the fabric to remove as much of the juice stain as possible.
  2. If you have a pet enzyme cleaner, such as Nature’s Miracle or Kids ‘N’ Pets, apply it to a small hidden area of the fabric first to look for any adverse reaction. If safe, apply the cleaner to the stain following the directions on the label of your selected product. Rinse the area thoroughly and if the stain is gone, wash the item as usual. If the stain is not gone, try using the enzyme cleaner again or go on to step 3.
  3. If you don’t have any enzyme cleaner available, apply liquid laundry detergent or dish soap to the stained area. Work it in gently with your fingers.
  4. Place the detergent covered stain in a dish filled with cold water.
  5. Allow it to soak for 30 minutes.
  6. Rinse thoroughly under cold water.
  7. If the stain is gone, launder the piece as usual. If the stain remains, test a small area with the hydrogen peroxide. This can bleach some fabrics, so ensure it is safe for your particular fabric before applying it to the stained area.
  8. If safe, blot the area with the peroxide. Allow it to set for 3 minutes.
  9. Rinse thoroughly under cold water.
  10. Launder as usual.

Removing Pomegranate Stains from Carpet and Upholstery

  • Cold water
  • An enzyme cleaner or
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Bowl
  • Soft white cloths
  • White vinegar

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Start by scraping away as much of the pomegranate as possible from the surface.
  2. Blot the area with a cloth to soak up as much of the juice as possible.
  3. If you have a pet enzyme cleaner, such as Nature’s Miracle or Kids ‘N’ Pets, apply it to the stain following the instructions on the label of your selected product. If the stain is gone, rinse the area then wash the item as usual. If the stain is not gone, try applying the enzyme cleaner again or move on to step 4.
  4. Mix one cup of cold water with 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap in a small bowl or bucket.
  5. Moisten a sponge or soft cloth with the mixture and dab it onto the surface of the stain.
  6. Blot it gently to work the soapy water into the stain.
  7. Use a clean cloth moistened with white vinegar to blot and “rinse” the area.
  8. Continue blotting with the soapy water and vinegar, alternating, until the stain is removed.
  9. Once clean, blot the area with a clean cloth and clean water to remove any remaining residue from the soap and/or vinegar.


Additional Tips and Advice

  • Additional products that have been helpful in removing pomegranate stains include lemon juice, stain removers, and baking soda with club soda. Ensure the product is safe for the fabric type before moving forward with any cleaning product.
  • Pomegranate stains become increasingly difficult to remove after they are allowed to set. Treat the stains promptly for the best chance at successful removal.
  • OxiClean has the same cleaning effect as hydrogen peroxide and can be used in its place to remove the stains as well.

How To Remove Pomegranate Stains

Learning tips and techniques for removing pomegranate stains quickly becomes something you need to learn if you ever work with pomegranates, their seeds, or pomegranate juice.

The reason is that pomegranates can easily cause stains on fabric, upholstery and carpet, because their seeds and juice readily stain just about anything they get into contact with.

For future reference, check out this video for how to cut pomegranates to prevent juice stains from happening.

After all, not getting the stain in the first place is the best result there can be!

Removing Pomegranate Stains From Fabric (Including Pomegranate Juice Stain Removal)

Step 1: Scrape off any excess fruit from the fabric.

Step 2: Run the fabric, inside out, under the cold water to flush out as much of the juice as possible.

Step 3: Apply liquid laundry detergent to the stained area and let it soak in cold water for 15-30 minutes.

Step 4: Rinse with cold water.

Step 5: If no spot remains, wash as normal with either color safe bleach or chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric. If not, proceed to Step 6.

Step 6: Apply hydrogen peroxide (or oxygen bleach in paste form) to the stain, if safe for the fabric. Let sit for a few minutes and then rinse well. Then, follow Step 5 above.

Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set the stain. Repeat if necessary.

Pomegranate Stain Removal From Upholstery

Step 1: Scrape off any excess pomegranate from the upholstery.

Step 2: Mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid.

Step 3: Using this solution, sponge the spot with a clean white cloth.

Step 4: Next, blot until the liquid is absorbed.

Step 5: Rinse with white vinegar, and blot with a clean white cloth.

Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 until the stain is removed from the upholstery.

Step 7: Now that the spot is removed you should get plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.

Hint: Be sure to get the upholstery only as wet as necessary to remove the stain from the pomegranates.

You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.

Removing Stains From Pomegranate From Carpet

The instructions for removal of stains caused by pomegranates from carpet is the same as for upholstery.

However, if you don’t have luck with this method above you can also do something additional with the carpet stain, which is to mix a solution of one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups warm water, and use this as a cleaning solution.

You may also find this video on how to remove fruit juice stains from carpet helpful.

Fun Pomegranate Facts

Did you know that in Greek mythology Hades gave Persephone five pomegranate seeds to eat while she was down in the underworld? Since she ate food in the underworld she was doomed to spend her time there, and was not able to return up into the world, at least permanently.

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Pomegranate juice is the new craze in the health juice industry. Be careful though. Pomegranate juice is great for your health but it is a nasty stain. Learn to remove pomegranate juice stains from our blog:

Have you eaten a pomegranate before? It is not exactly an easy task.

You have to cut the pomegranate open then peel away each pomegranate kernel, then carefully suck the juice out and spit out the seed.

No matter how careful you are, you will most likely end up with pink hands and pomegranate juice stains on your shirt.

You don’t have to eat pomegranates to enjoy their taste and health benefits. You can drink pomegranate juice instead.

Unfortunately. Just because you don’t have to struggle to figure out how to eat a pomegranate anymore, doesn’t mean you might not end up with a stain. It is not easy to remove pomegranate juice stains from clothing or carpet..

We have provided some helpful steps to remove pomegranate juice stains from carpet.

But quick let’s talk about why everyone is drinking pomegranate juice, besides its rich color and unique taste, it is an antioxidant powerhouse.

Health benefits of pomegranate juice:

  • Improves blood flow to the heart
  • May reduce plaque from building up in blood vessels and keep cholesterol levels down
  • Antioxidants found in pomegranate juice may slow prostate cancer

Cheers to that!

So enjoying a glass of pomegranate juice can be a good thing but not so great when its spills.

Kids are probably most likely to have a spill but truly it happens to everybody.

So if you find that pomegranate juice has made its way to your carpet we have provided some assistance.

Remove Pomegranate Juice Stains

  1. Blot as much juice as possible with paper towel or a clean white cloth. It is important to address the stain immediately so it does not set.
  2. Spray or sponge some water on the stain. Dab or spray lukewarm water to dampen the stain. Do not get the carpet too wet, or the stain may spread.
  3. Blot the water. Pressing paper towel or clean cloth to soak up the water. Never use a circular motion to clean up spills, this will spread the stain. If needed damp the area with water again and blot again.
  4. Mix the cleaning solution. Add ½ teaspoon mild, non-bleaching detergent to 1 liter of warm water. Mix the solution thoroughly.
  5. Test the solution. Before you apply the cleaner, you should test it in a small inconspicuous area like the corner of a closet, to be sure the solution does not damage the carpet. Wait a few minutes. If the solution discolors or causes any damage to the carpet remove it immediately with cold water and a sponge.
  6. Apply the solution. If you tested the cleaner and it did not cause any damage, apply it to the stain. Using a sponge or clean white cloth sponge the solution onto the area liberally. Then lay the cloth over the stain.
  7. Massage the cloth with a spoon. Using the back of a kitchen spoon gently press down on the cloth. Work your way all over the cloth. Start on the outside and work your way toward the center in a spiral motion to prevent the stain from spreading. This works the solution into the carpet without rubbing the stain further in or damaging the carpet fibers.
  8. Continue blotting. Blot the stain with a paper towel or new clean cloth. If needed repeat step again. Continue blotting until there is no trace of the stain on the towel when you blot.
  9. Rinse the area. Spray or sponge cold water onto the area. Soap left behind on carpet will attract dirt and dust and become discolored.
  10. Dry the carpet. Place a clean, dry towel of paper towel over the damp area. Place a plastic bag over them and then place something heavy on like a heavy book. Level this for at least a few hours, overnight is best, before removing the towel. The stain should be gone and the drying process should lift even the deep stains out so it does not reappear.

Professional Carpet Cleaning Service

Even if you follow our tips to remove pomegranate juice stains from carpet the stain might still not be gone. Some stains are more difficult than others depending on what it is.

A darker juice like grape or pomegranate may be more difficult than other juices, like orange juice, to remove.

If you cannot remove juice stains then call Chem-Dry of Auburn/Lincoln at (530) 889-1144.

Chem-Dry of Auburn/Lincoln carpet cleaning uses the finest green and eco-friendly cleaning products with the most innovative equipment to fight almost any kind of stain you can imagine.

Chem-Dry of Auburn/Lincoln will also remove pomegranate juice stains from furniture too with our professional upholstery cleaning service.

Your best chance to successfully remove juice stains is to address them immediately. Don’t delay in contacting Chem-Dry.

Feasting On Pomegranates: Deseeding / Juicing / Tips

Pomegranates are an apple-shaped fruit produced from a shrub that grows quite tall (up to 10 meters) and originates in the middle east. Enjoyed since early biblical times, they can be used all sorts of ways in cooking: in both baked & savory dishes; fresh salads; juice/wine/smoothies and more.

Here’s a tipsheet on how to process them (harvesting those ruby nuggets of deliciousness), as well as some answers to frequently asked questions.

I also put a few tasty suggestions and serving ideas at the bottom of this page (including a recommendation for making a homemade molasses/syrup from them, so yum!).

Kitchen Q&A

  • How do you eat them? Once you cut one open, you’ll see loads of plump, juicy red arils (this is the fruity flesh that covers and protects hard tiny seeds). These little ruby nuggets are the edibles that you consume.
  • Do you spit out the hard inner seed or is it ok to swallow them? It’s up to you, some people eat them, some don’t. But they are perfectly safe to eat and are edible.
  • What to look for when buying them? Ways to tell when they are ripe? They should be nice and shiny, bright in color and fairly large, firm and heavy for their size. Avoid those that have cracked, bruised, shriveled skin. Did you know: the larger a pomegranate is, the juicier it will be! The color will vary according to variety, it can range from a nice pink to a deep red.
  • Any suggestions for storage and what’s their shelf life? You can keep whole fruit refrigerated for about a month or at room temperature up to three weeks. If you remove the arils first before storing, keep them refrigerated in an airtight container and they’ll last about five days.
  • Can the seeds be frozen? Yes they can so stock up when they’re on sale! Pack in airtight containers or freezer bags and stack in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you want to process them so they’re individually frozen, arrange them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet in a single layer, flash freeze for a couple hours then pour them into a container, seal tight and freeze.
  • Is it ok to eat the white membrane or pith? This is bitter tasting and not pleasant to consume.
  • How are they juiced? First soften the fruit by rubbing it back and forth along the counter or cutting board (use some pressure but don’t break the skin while doing this). This method helps break up the pieces inside and “warm” things up a bit. Once soft, cut out and remove the top “crown” and center white membrane. Next, position the pomegranate on top of a glass so the hole you just made is facing down inside the glass. The juice will run free into the vessel (squeeze as you do this to remove as much liquid as you can). If any seeds escape into the juice, just strain out with a piece of cheesecloth. You can also use a food processor or citrus juicer and strain out any bits before drinking.
  • How many will it take to make a litre? One pomegranate should yield about 1/2 cup of juice, so you will need 8 to 9 pomegranates to produce a liter. Kept in an airtight container and refrigerated, this should have a shelf life of about 5 days. This can also be frozen, shelf life is about one year (make sure to leave about a 1/2 inch headspace).
  • Problems with staining: Remedies for removing the red stains on skin? Handling and processing pomegranates can leave your hands stained, try squeezing fresh lemon juice onto your skin then sprinkle with a bit of salt, rub to work in the liquid then wash in soapy water.
  • What is the method for cutting and peeling it? This can get a little messy and finicky, but here are a couple ways that make the job easy: First cut around the top “crown”, remove it and then pick out the center white core with a spoon. Score the outer rind into quarters (just cut through the outer red skin, not through the whole fruit) then break apart the pomegranate into those quarters (pulling them apart with your fingers). Once successfully in pieces, peel off any white pith then pop out the arils by pushing the quarters inside out. Another easy method: Cut the pomegranate in half, hold one half over a bowl (flesh side down), then wack the outer skin with a wooden spoon until those ruby nuggets fall out.
  • Tricky Stuff: How to remove all the white pith from the arils? Put them in a bowl of cold water and the arils will sink to the bottom while the white pieces float on top. Drain off the white bits and enjoy the fleshy seeds!

Here’s a method of removing seeds by cutting the pomegranate in pieces then submerging them in a bowl of cold water, gently breaking apart the arils with your fingers. The seeds float to the bottom and the white pith floats to the top (it’s a combination of the last two tips above):

Ideas For Serving

  • The seeds are delicious sprinkled over top yogurt, oatmeal, granola
  • Liven up salads, they pair well with plenty of ingredients including spinach, lettuce, avocado, blue cheese, goat cheese, orange segments
  • Add to frozen yogurt or ice cream
  • Delicious when mixed in a rice pilaf or dish (either brown or white) as well as couscous and quinoa

If you have a bunch on hand that you don’t know what to do with, make a homemade molasses (or syrup)! This can then be used to drizzle over things like roasted vegetables, dips, hummus, desserts, mixed in salad dressings or used as a glaze on meats. It’s so easy to make and so delicious…well worth the minimal effort it takes to make! A recipe is found here at and only requires 3 simple ingredients. This has a shelf life of 6 months (if kept covered and refrigerated). Easy peasy!

Neat to Know: Make a homemade ink with the peels, instructions found here:

Tips To Remove Pomegranate Stain


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Steps to Remove Pomegranate Stain from Washable Fabric
Scrape off excess caked on pomegranate.
Use a liquid laundry detergent over the area, after running cold water through it.
Let the fabric soak in the detergent for 15 to 20 minutes.
Rub in white vinegar to the stained area and let sit for 10 minutes.
Rinse the area well and check the stained area. If stain persists, repeat the steps until stain is removed completely.
Wash the fabric with water and use either color bleach or chlorine bleach.
Upholstery, carpets, etc stained with pomegranate juice can be cleaned using hydrogen peroxide or ammonia. Take care not to wet the area too much. This method can be used to clean stains of tomatoes, beetroots, chocolates etc. Do try it!
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You can’t wait to cover up that nasty beige on your walls, but as you take a close look at all the areas you’re gonna have to prep you see a lot of grime, gunk, and stuff that looks too stubborn for your standard vinegar wash.

Any cleaning rookie can wipe off dust and cobwebs. But it takes a cleaning pro to scour grease stains, watermarks, and kids’ crayon and ink wall art.

Kitchen Grease on Walls

Grease is an occupational hazard of cooking. If only it wouldn’t ind it’s way onto your walls and cabinets, trapping all kinds of gunk. Yuck!

Good news. Any decent dish soap can remove grease stains on walls.

For small stains, mix: 1/4 teaspoon of soap in a cup of warm water, and wipe. Rinse with clean water, and blot until dry. Clean stubborn grease stains with solution of 1/3 cup of white household vinegar with 2/3 cup of water.

Dirt and Grime Buildup

The oil from your hands gets onto walls, cabinets, doors, and door frames. A wall eraser, like the Mr. Clean Eraser ($3 for 4 pads), easily wipes away these stains.

Wet the sponge and rub gently to avoid taking bits of paint off with the stain.
Or make your own homemade wall cleaning sponge:

  • 1 cup ammonia,
  • 1/2 cup white distilled or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • one gallon of warm water.

Wipe the solution over walls with a sponge (or cloth), and rinse with water.


Wall erasers work like a charm on crayon marks. If they don’t do the trick:

  • Rub marks with toothpaste (not gel).
  • Erase marks with an art gum or a pencil eraser; use a circular motion.
  • Swipe marks with baby wipes.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub marks.

Permanent Marker

Permanent markers are tough to remove from walls. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and dab the stain. Or spray marks with hairspray, then wipe drips.


Ballpoint ink, which is oil-based, often melts away if you use foaming shaving cream, dry-cleaning solvents such as Carbona, or nail polish remover.

Make sure you open windows when using cleaning solvents and polish remover.


Mildew is a fungus that eats soap scum and body oil. To remove from walls, spray with vinegar water: 1 tablespoon white vinegar to 1 quart water. Also, try an enzyme laundry detergent; follow the pre-treating directions on the label. Blot it on the stain, and then rinse thoroughly with water.

Water Stains

After you’ve solved the problem that caused the water stains, rinse with a solution of 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water to prevent mold and mildew from growing. Thoroughly dry with a hairdryer or fans. If bleaching doesn’t remove water stains, you’ll have to repaint. Prime the walls with a stain-killing primer, such as Kilz Paint.


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Recently, my wife spilt some Pomegranate juice on a white top. The instant we added some soap to wash the stain out, the stain turned a dark blue.

I turned to Google to find out what was going on – but all that immediately came up was this post asking why their cheesecake had failed to pick up the pomegranate colour

(The above link has some interesting comments about two points – emulsification, and pH. I’ll focus on the latter)


The following explains roughly what is going on here:

The colour of Pomegranate Juice appears to be caused significantly by anthocyanins – which are a group of secondary metabolites found in some plants (Anothocyanins are given the E number E163 in the EU).

The interesting thing about Anothocyanins are that they can be used as pH indicators – they change colour depending on the pH of the surrounding liquid.

Perhaps the best known example of this effect is red cabbage – which is commonly used in lower school science experiments as an example of pH indicators (or at least it was when I was at school)


I thought I’d test my theory that the colour change was pH based.

First, I set out three Petri dishes (Yes – I have petri dishes in my kitchen – and yes, they’re only used for food!)

Secondly, I prepared an acid an an alkali – using some handy Vinegar (Acid) and Bicarbonate of Soda (Alkali).

With solutions made, I layed them out in the petri dishes (Note the control dish – containing just water):

Finally, I used a pipette (again – food quality) to distribute a few drops of pomegranate juice evenly between the dishes:


The results are fairly clear – the colour of the pomegranate juice clearly changes considerably with the pH of the solution.

Interestingly, the alkali solution can be seen reacting with the added juice. Many Anthocyanins degrade in higher pH solutions like this – and it appears that the pomegranate colour readily degrades in alkali solution


In a quick one-liner: If you want to use Pomegranate (or any anthocyanin-containing plants – including blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and cherries) then make sure the pH of your mixture is low (acidic) by adding some citric acid (E number E330 – lemon juice) or other acidity regulator before adding the pomegranate juice (so it does not degrade).

As a bonus – if you have an alkali base mixture for your food, and you want to colour it with a similar red-purple colour, then it might be worth using Beetroot or Swiss Chard – which contain a different family of Pigments (Betalains) – which (from what I can find) do not appear to vary with pH.