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How to wash off mulberry stains from clothes and hands: effective life hacks

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Mulberry. Source: Open source photo

Both children and adults love to eat mulberries. It would be a favorite summer berry for many if not for one thing. It is extremely difficult to get rid of purple stains on clothes and hands.

Mulberry pigment is extremely resistant and quickly penetrates the fibers of the fabric. OBOZ.UA has collected effective life hacks to help you wash mulberry juice.

How to wash off mulberry stains from your hands

Anthocyanins, natural plant pigments that give intense red or purple hues to vegetables, flowers, and fruits, leave traces on the skin and clothing.

The first step is to try to wash off the juice as soon as possible. Simply washing your hands with warm water and soap will help remove fresh stains.

If the juice is already deeply absorbed into the skin, you can try lemon juice. The acid will quickly destroy the pigments, making the spots less noticeable. You just need to pour a little lemon juice onto your hands, rub it in for a few minutes, and rinse with warm water.

You will also need baking soda. Mix it with water to form a thick paste. The mild abrasive effect helps to remove stubborn stains.

If the previous methods don't work, try mixing equal parts white vinegar and water and using the solution as a quick hand rinse. Acetic acid dissolves pigments, and when combined with baking soda, it becomes a powerful cleanser.

After the procedure, apply a moisturizer or lotion to your hands to restore the skin's natural balance and prevent it from drying out.

How to wash off mulberry stains from clothes and hands: effective life hacks

How to wash off mulberry stains from clothes

Important: do not use laundry soap and detergent as these products will not help remove pigments from the fibers.

Experts advise trying one of the following methods:

  • You can pour boiling water over a fresh stain and then put the item in the washing machine. This method should not be used on delicate fabrics, such as silk or wool.
  • If the stains have already dried, try mixing three tablespoons of vinegar, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and a glass of water. Pour the mixture onto the stain and wait for the active ingredients to work.
  • If you don't have any cleaning products at hand, try a natural method. Just squeeze some green juice on the stain. Unripe berries have an acid similar to citric acid, which can also remove the stain.
  • Salt and water is an effective folk method for stains. Mix the ingredients in a 1:1 ratio to form a paste and apply to the stain. Salt acts as a natural absorbent that will absorb the mulberry pigment.
  • Kefir contains lactic acid, which discolors stains. Experts advise soaking clothes in kefir for 2-3 hours and then washing them in the usual way.

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