Saucesplosion: How do I best clean this hot sauce or ketchup off fabric?
December 7, 2013 11:40 AM Subscribe
In what is probably the strangest cleaning issue I've had to date, a seemingly inexplicable,* large glob of hot sauce (or maybe ketchup? hard to tell) found its way onto the floor of our bedroom. What's worse is that it was under several bags of clean laundry that had been brought up from the laundry room a few days ago. What's even worse than that is that I lifted those laundry bags up and put them on my bed where I was going to sort and fold the laundry. So, now we have sauce 1) on the wooden floor, 2) on my bedsheets in small amounts, 3) potentially on some of the clothes that were in the laundry bags, and 4) in thick globs on the exterior of all of our laundry bags (this is the one I'm least sure how to deal with). Help me!
posted by ocherdraco to Home & Garden (10 answers total)
First, the laundry bags: the sauce is globbed on these pretty thickly. Do I need to soak them before washing them in the machine? Or should I declare laundry bag amnesty and just throw them out?
What is the best thing to use to get thick red sauce out of fabric? I'm dealing with both natural and synthetic fibers here.
FYI, we live in an apartment building with communal washing machines--I'm worried about getting sauce all over the machines.
*Best guess for origin of sauce: rogue sauce packet from a takeout dinner earlier this week that was intact (and therefore not noticed) when the laundry bags were set down, and then smooshed accidentally sometime later. But this is really all speculation. Imagine my horror when sauce from nowhere is all over things in my bedroom of all places.