How to remove BlackBerry stains?

Blackberry Stain Removal Guide

Blackberry stain removal tips and techniques come in handy during those summer months when all the berries get ripe, juicy, and cause stains its seems the moment they touch anything.

Below are step by step instructions for removing blackberry stains from your clothes, upholstery and carpet.

But first, please note that removing stains caused this fruit is easier the sooner you do it, so treat those stains as soon as possible after they happen.

I’m not saying that it will be impossible to remove these stains if you wait, but it will take more effort, elbow grease, time and patience.

Removing Blackberry Stains From Fabric And Clothing

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 blackberry juice as possible.

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

Step 4: Rinse with cold water.

Step 5: If no stain 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 blackberry stain, if safe for the fabric. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse well. Then, follow Step 5 above.

In the alternative, you can also presoak the item in an oxygen bleach, such as Oxiclean. I myself did this on this stain (see the picture to the left) with great success. You can read exactly how I removed my blackberry stains here, where I share even more pictures and instructions.

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.

You may also find this video on how to remove berry stains from clothing helpful. It gives tips for using boiling water, lemon juice, glycerin, and denatured alcohol for berry stain removal.

In addition, a reader wrote in a great story of exactly how she removed blackberry stains from a shirt with lemon juice, which might also help you.

How To Remove Stains Caused By Blackberries From Upholstery

Step 1: Scrape off any excess blackberry from the upholstery, being careful not to spread the stain further.

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

Step 3: Using this solution, sponge the stain from the blackberries with a clean white cloth.

Step 4: Next, blot at the stain 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 stain from the blackberries 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 blackberries.

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

Blackberry Stain Removal From Carpet

The instructions for removal of blackberry stains from carpet is the same as for upholstery.

However, if you don’t have luck with this blackberry stain removal 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 stain removal solution.

Recommended Blackberry Stain Removers

Perhaps you don’t want to make your own stain remover, but instead want to use something designed for blackberry stain removal. Don’t forget the suggestions above for natural or home remedies though.

Here are some articles and reviews on this site which discuss various products that are designed for removing berry stains:

Oxiclean {How Taylor Used It Successfully} Carbona Stain Devil #8 Stain Rx {Taylor’s Article} Tide To Go Pen

White Bar Soap To Pretreat Laundry

You can also share your own stain remover reviews here for other removers that work on blackberries, or any other stain.

Do You Have Any Tips To Share For Removing These Stains?

I’m always looking for more tips and ideas for how to remove stains. You can share your berry stain removal tip here, or read other tips already submitted, several with videos included.

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Removing Blackberry Stains from Clothing

Tip: Boiling Water for Berry Stains

June 22, 2009

I had some dark red beverage spilled on our polyester tablecloth and didn’t realize it until the next day when I was putting the table back to normal size and taking the tablecloth off.

It so happened I was talking to my friend who told me her granddaughter had thrown up blackberries all over her light colored dress, white shoes, and her mom’s dress. My friend scraped off the berry seeds; boiled water and poured the boiling water over the 2 dresses and shoes. Presto! Stains completely gone.

I tried this on my tablecloth – same result! I also poured boiling water over the cloth napkins as some of them had food stains and lipstick on them and the stains came right out. I then took out a very old, delicate lace tablecloth which had some very old coffee and other miscellaneous stains on it. I had been reluctant to toss it but embarrassed to use because of the stains. Presto! After pouring boiling water over the stains, they disappeared!

I think this would work on grass stains, wine stains, or any type of stain. Coffee, tea and lipstick, and hubby’s grease-stained clothes are the ones which I’ve fought with for years. I wish I had known about this when our daughter was a baby and then youth and stained so many beautiful clothes. Now that I know this trick, I’ll be saving energy, time and money on stain removal products.


By Mary Feldhahn from Twin Cities, MN

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How to Remove Berry Stains

Blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and strawberries are like little exploding bombs. Evidence of their fallout can creep up on your furniture, your clothes, even your floors. Use these methods to sop up all traces of these berries.


Remove Berry Stains From:

Acetate, Carpet/Synthetic, Carpet/Wool, Fiberglass,

Rayon, Rope, Triacetate, Wool

Sponge (the method of using light strokes with a dampened pad working outward from the center of the stain) with cool water. Then sponge the area with lemon juice (or rub the cut sides of a slice of lemon over the stain). Flush (the method of applying stain remover to loosen staining materials and residue from stain removers) with water. Blot as much excess liquid as possible and allow to dry. If stain still persists, apply a wet spotter. Cover with an absorbent pad moistened with wet spotter. Let stand as long as any stain is being removed. Change the pad as it picks up the stain. Keep the pad and stained area moist with wet spotter. Flush with water. If any trace of stain still appears, moisten the area with an enzyme presoak product (follow directions on label). Cover with a clean absorbent pad that has been dipped in the solution and wrung almost dry. Let it stand for 30 minutes. Add enough solution to keep the stain and pad moist, but do not allow the wet area to spread. When no more stain is visible, flush thoroughly with water and allow to air dry.

Remove Berry Stains From:

Acrylic Fabric, Modacrylic, Nylon,

Olefin, Polyester, Spandex

Sponge with cool water immediately. Then sponge with lemon juice or rub a lemon slice over the stain. Flush with water. Blot as much excess liquid as possible and allow to dry. If any trace of stain still exists, presoak (the method of soaking in the washer or in a sink or tub before washing) in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing or laundry detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse with water and launder as soon as possible.

Remove Berry Stains From:

Acrylic Plastic, Aluminum, Asphalt, Bamboo Brass, Bronze Cane,

Ceramic Glass/Tile, Copper, Enamel, Glass, Grout, Iron,

Paint/Flat, Paint/Gloss, Plexiglas, Polyurethane, Porcelain Dishes,

Porcelain Fixtures, Stainless Steel, Vinyl Clothing, Vinyl Wallcovering

Wipe up any excess spill with a cloth or sponge dipped in warm sudsy water. Rinse well and wipe dry.

Remove Berry Stains From:

Bluestone, Brick, Concrete, Flagstone, Granite,

Masonry Tile, Slate, Terrazzo

Wipe up excess spill. Wash area with a solution of washing soda or detergent (not soap) and water. Use a soft cloth or soft-bristled brush. Rinse thoroughly with clear water and allow to dry.

Remove Berry Stains From:

Cork, Linoleum, Vinyl Tile

Wipe up excess spill and wash the area with a solution of washing soda or detergent and water. Use a soft-bristled brush or cloth to scrub gently. Rinse thoroughly with clear water and allow to dry. If stain persists, wipe area with a cloth dampened in a solution of 1 tablespoon oxalic acid and 1 pint water. Rinse well and wipe dry. Re-polish the surface if necessary. Caution: oxalic acid is poisonous; use with care and wear rubber gloves.

Remove Berry Stains From:

Cotton, Linen

Test fabric for colorfastness. If color doesn’t change, stretch the stain over a bowl; fasten in place with a rubber band. Pour boiling water through the fabric from the height of 2 or 3 feet. Avoid splatters. This procedure must be done immediately. If stain persists, soak in a solution of 1 quart warm water and 1/2 teaspoon detergent for 15 minutes. Rinse with water. Sponge the area with rubbing alcohol and launder as soon as possible.

Remove Berry Stains From:

Leather, Suede

Blot up any excess liquid. Mix a solution of mild soap in lukewarm water. Swish to create a great volume of suds. Apply only the foam with a sponge. Wipe with a clean dry cloth. On leather only, follow with Tannery Vintage Leather Cleaner & Conditioner or Fiebing’s Saddle Soap to condition the leather.

Remove Berry Stains From:


After wiping up any excess liquid, wipe surface with a cloth or sponge dipped in warm sudsy water. Rinse well and wipe dry. If any stain or discoloration remains, mix a poultice of water, powdered detergent, and chlorine bleach. Apply a thick paste to the stain and cover with a damp cloth to retard evaporation. When the stain has been bleached out, rinse thoroughly and dry.

Remove Berry Stains From:


Wash silver as soon as possible in hot sudsy water. Rinse in hot water and dry immediately with a soft cloth to prevent tarnish.

Remove Berry Stains From:


Mix dishwashing detergent in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds. Dip a cloth in only the foam and apply to berry stain. Rinse with a clean cloth dampened with clear water. If any stain remains, rub the area with a cloth dampened in a solution of 1 tablespoon oxalic acid to 1 pint water. Rinse well and wipe dry. Wax or polish as soon as possible. Caution: oxalic acid is poisonous; use with care and wear rubber gloves.

Berry stains can be stubborn, but these suggestions are sweet solutions to removing them for good.

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Most berries, while delicious, can leave your hands stained. Some lemon juice, either on its own or combined with other things, will help return your hands back to normal without the need for any hardcore cleaning products.

If you go berry picking, do any cooking or baking with berries, or just like to snack on them, your hands and fingernails will get stained. You can wear gloves, but then you also lose some dexterity and feeling. Mrs. Clean at House Cleaning Central suggests using the juice of a fresh lemon. Cut a lemon in half, make a few slits in each segment, then stick your fingertips in there to soak a little. Add a sprinkle of salt on to your hands afterward—for the abrasiveness—and then wash them normally. As an alternative, Mavis at gardening blog One Hundred Dollars a Month suggests mixing the lemon juice with some cornmeal to form an abrasive paste to rub all over your hands. This works with all kinds of berries so you’ll never get caught red-handed. If the stains got anything else, however, you’ll need to find a different approach


How to remove blackberry stains? | Mrs. Clean

Photo by Andrea Parrish – Geyer.

I have this image in my head of my grandma putting the kettle on to boil as soon as my cousins and I sat down to eat blueberry pie. I don’t know if she actually put the kettle on before we started eating her homemade pie, but let’s pretend she did. What I do know is that one of us five little girls would inevitably end up with a blueberry stain on her t-shirt, or sundress, or leggings, and that as soon as the plates were cleared my grandma would whisk whichever of her granddaughters sported stains away into the bathroom with a kettle of boiling water. The stained garment(s) were traded for pajamas, and as long as we stood back a safe distance, we could watch as she performed her magic stain removing trick.

My grandma would lay my t-shirt down flat on the bottom of the bathtub and raise the kettle up as high as she could. She’d pour the boiling water in a steady stream onto the purple berry stain until it was gone in a puff of steam.

As I grew older I helped my mom remove berry stains from tablecloths, napkins, and clothes using the same trick. It didn’t just work for blueberries, but for blackberries, strawberries, and cherries as well. We did a lot of berry picking every summer, which meant a lot of berry baking, which meant a lot of berry stains. But as long as we could boil a kettle of water, we could always remove those stains. (I still use the trick today—the only difference is that I use my electric kettle.)

The part of the technique that is the most important, and why my grandma always placed the stained items on the bottom of the bathtub, is to pour the boiling water from a great height. The further away from the fabric you are, the harder and faster your stream of boiling water will hit the stain and drive it away. Doing this in the bathtub (while you stand outside the tub of course) is the safest way to avoid being splattered with boiling water. If you don’t have a bathtub, you could lay your stained clothing on the bottom of your kitchen sink and stand on a step stool over the sink to achieve sufficient height and power.

Some people say you need to stretch the stained fabric over a bowl and then pour boiling water in a firm steady stream to ensure that it goes through the stained fabric, but I’ve never bothered with that step and it always works fine. But there is one caveat to this trick you must heed: the sooner you perform it, the better. If you can’t do it right away, within 24 hours is still fine—just don’t wash and dry your berry-stained items before trying the trick, because at that point the stain will already be set.

In other words, step away from the pie! When you have a stain, that is. This trick gets the stain out so quickly, you’ll be back to your plate in no time.

Speaking of pie, here are some good ones.

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