Watermelon stains?

nisiSeptember 28, 2006

Anyone have any success getting watermelon stains out of clothing that can't be bleached? I have tried several different detergents, a variety of pre-treatments (Zout, Shout, etc.), and an overnight oxyclean soak. I've tried different water temps, from cold to the hottest my tap can produce (which admittedly isn't very hot, as I have young children in the house, hence the watermelon stains). The stains get a bit lighter but they don't disappear.

Any suggestions?

I swear, next time the kids eat watermelon, they're wearing raincoats!

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For fruit juice stains of any kind, I've always used boiling distilled water. Just pour on/through. I just did this with pomegranite stains on white cotton/polyester two days ago (about as bad as it gets) and they came out immediately.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2006 at 7:02PM
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Boiling water, eh? I'll give that a try. Thanks.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2006 at 11:23AM
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I would be extra careful with the boiling water. If the fruit stain contains any sugars, the heat will carmelize the sugar and set the stain making it very difficult if not impossible to remove. A good enzyme pre-soak product should easily remove watermelon.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2006 at 6:50PM
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Interesting for me to read because pomegranites and pretty much all fresh fruit juices have plenty of sugar.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2006 at 7:03PM
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That is interesting especially with pomegranite. Stranger things have happened, but generally introducing heat initially to many food or protien stains will in fact set the stain. Perhaps you can explain your procedure and the products you are using, because it defies the law of laundry chemistry.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2006 at 9:27PM
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Nothing special. Boiled distilled water and poured directly on the stain. That's it. Quite literally nothing more. No "products" of any kind. Just the boiling water. The stains faded instantly. Were totally gone in less than a minute. I learned from my mother. She did it throughout her life.

I'm not talking about something I think or read. This is something I've done many times -- most recently a couple of days ago.

I'm not a chemist. All I'm saying is it works.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2006 at 10:01PM
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Well I'll be!! Sometimes you just can't beat moms advise. :) Must be the mineral free distilled water and free ions. And better yet, it works. Thats good advise to keep in the arensal of stain removal.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2006 at 10:08PM
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Where can I buy distilled water?


    Bookmark   November 13, 2006 at 1:21AM
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You really do not need distilled water. I use this trick often, and I just boil tap water and pour it through the stain. It's worked on every berry/fruit stain I've tried it on.

Jean Marie

    Bookmark   November 14, 2006 at 11:49AM
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I included a link to this forum in my watermelon posting at askdrmanny.com. Thanks for the tips.


Here is a link that might be useful: Watermelon Days

    Bookmark   September 12, 2007 at 10:43AM
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I have used my mother's advice as the previous person stated to pour boiling water over other fruit juice stains and had great results, but it TOTALLY DID NOT WORK WITH WATERMELON JUICE. I used the boiling water on a fresh, rinsed out, stain I got on a white cotton skirt and now I'll have to resort to using bleach! :-(

    Bookmark   July 17, 2009 at 8:19PM
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I just used boiled spring water on a horrid watermelon stain out on my daughters new top and it literally made the giant stain vanish! How bizarre that we all had had different experiences with the same problem!! :)

    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 7:35AM
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Maybe it depends upon the fabric. megs and mell, what fabrics?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 9:12PM
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I use boiling water on red wine stains and it works like magic. I've been doing that for a couple of years now. Before, my tablecloths were never entirely stain free (the stains would fade over time but not disappear), now no more red wine stains! I haven't tried it on other stains but I would think that other fruit juice stains would react the same as red wine.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 3:52PM
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I have never had problems getting watermelon out of our clothes. I never even had to pretreat. It just comes out in the wash. That must have been some super duper watermelon.

My problem stains are tomato sauce, some chocolate, and mustard. Those three make me crazy.

Now watch... I just posted this and we have watermelon waiting for consumption in our fridge and I will end up with melons stains that don't come out. LOL

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 9:16AM
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A couple of clarifications would help here:

-contrary to what someone stated above, boiling water cannot caramelize sugar. Sugar can only be caramelized by heat that is substantially higher in temperature than boiling water (at least at sea level). In fact, when you make caramel on your stovetop, you will not begin to get that brownish color until all moisture is gone from the pot.

-typically, it is protein based stains that will "set" when treated with hot water. WHat happens here is not unlike what happens when you boil an egg. Tangly proteins coagulate to form a network. I do not know if watermelon contains protein, but a typical example of this is a blood stain. And everybody knows the best way to get rid of a blood stain is an immediate soaking in cold water.


    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 6:00PM
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I stumbled upon this web site and am so glad! My $100 jacket is stain-free now with the boiling distilled water that removed all trace of the stain. Thanks!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 10:02PM
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