How to remove tomato sauce stains

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How to remove tomato sauce stains

Tomato has tannins that stain fabrics easily and make stain removal very difficult. However, there are ways to remove tomato stains from nearly eve

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Tomato has tannins that stain fabrics easily and make stain removal very difficult. However, there are ways to remove tomato stains from nearly everything in your home, from plastic containers to clothing. chatted to This Morning’s Queen of Clean and author of The 15 Minute Clean (@lynsey_queenofclean on Instagram) to find out how to remove tomato sauce stains from five different surfaces.

Plastic containers

Got a load of stained containers at home? Tomatoes are usually the culprit.

Plastic is porous, which means at the micro-level it has many gaps that food can get stuck in.

When you reheat your tomato sauce in the container, the plastic will expand and make more room for the red sauce.

When it cools down, the gaps shrink and the tomato stains are stuck there. However, Lynsey has revealed how to get rid of the stains.

She said: “Fill the container with hot water and then pop a few denture tablets or Alka Seltzer tablets into the water. Use more than one if the stains are old or severe.
“Then, leave the tablet to fizz and sit in the water-filled container overnight or as long as you need.”

Once you remove the water, you’ll notice that your containers are as good as new.

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Tomato sauce stains wooden furniture and flooring because of its acidic nature.

Letting acid sit on wood is a big mistake, but you can normally remove it with some vinegar.

Tomato sauce has a pH of about four, and white vinegar is even more acidic with a pH of about three, so the white vinegar should remove the stain.

Lynsey said: “Mix together some white vinegar, a squirt of washing up liquid and water in a spray bottle.

“Spray the mixture onto the stain and leave the solution to work for a few minutes, then simply wipe clean with a gentle microfibre cloth.”


Painted walls never stay fresh for very long, especially if you’ve got children, pets, or you’re clumsy in the kitchen.

If you’ve accidentally splattered the walls with tomato sauce, you can still get the stain out with some fabric or hair conditioner.

Lynsey said: “Apply a tiny amount of neat fabric conditioner or hair conditioner to the stain on your painted walls.

“Leave it for a few minutes and then rinse away the conditioner using warm water.”


If you’ve spilt tomato sauce down your favourite t-shirt while eating dinner or splashed some onto your apron while cooking, there is a solution.

Lynsey said: “Use a mixture of white vinegar and washing up liquid I recommended for wood and kitchen surfaces and apply both of these neat to the stain.

“Leave them to sit and do their work and then rinse and wash as normal.”