Berries, chocolate milkshakes, burgers, hotdogs, potato salad, sparklers and fireworks – oh my! What do these things have in common? It can only mean one thing – it’s time to celebrate the 4th of July!

From enjoying a backyard BBQ, a friendly cookout with your next-door neighbors or a family picnic at your favorite park - if you’ve got a stain - we’ve got you covered. Here are some handy tips from Rejuvenate on how to get rid of stains from your 4th of July barbecue using Outrageous.

OUTrageous® Stain Remover & Laundry Pre-Treater works on all dirt, oil, grass, fruit juice, red wine, food grease and other natural stains. The powerful pre-treater works to instantly separate the toughest stains from fabric fibers and is suitable for all fabric colors, even your bright-white pants and tank tops.

Handy Stain Removal Tips

The key to removing BBQ sauce, and other picnic stains, from clothing is to pre-treat them with a powerful laundry pre-treater like Rejuvenate’s OUTrageous® Stain Remover. To remove stubborn stains, work a bit of the stain remover into your clothes before washing. Depending on the delicacy of the fabric being treated (silk vs jeans as an example), use either a clean microfiber towel or a small brush (like an old toothbrush) to work the Rejuvenate OUTrageous® Stain Remover into the stain.

Once you’ve followed our stain removal tips always follow with a cool wash cycle. If you still see signs of the stain after removing your item from the washer, repeat our stain removal tips until all signs of the stain have disappeared. Once you’re happy with the results, follow with a cool to medium cycle in the dryer. That’s it – problem solved!

Bonus Tip

Unless you’re treating a grease or oil stain, it’s always best to avoid heat when treating stains on clothing, linens and garments. The heat from hot water, or an overly hot dryer, can set the stains making them almost impossible to remove.

Red, White and Blueberry Stains

What’s red, white and blue all over? If you guessed a triple layered strawberry, blueberry and raspberry gelatin mold with whip cream topping then you guessed right! The bright red and dark purple stains from berry juice can spell trouble when it comes time to do the laundry.

Blueberry cobbler and mixed berry parfait certainly are delicious but are a pain the you know what when spilled on your new beach cover up or favorite picnic blanket. Here’s how to remove those berry dessert stains like a pro in no time.

Top Tips for Removing Berry Stains

  • Rinse the item under cool water, working from the reverse side of the stain, to remove as much color as you can

  • Wring out excess water from the garment - then lie flat on top of a clean, dry towel

  • Pour some Rejuvenate OUTrageous® Stain Remover over the stained area

  • Work the stain remover into the item and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes

  • Rinse the garment out under cool water

  • If you still see signs of the stain, repeat the steps above

  • Once you’re happy with the results, launder the item as normal

Ketchup, Mustard and BBQ Sauce Stains

4th of July celebrations usually mean it’s time to dig in to hot dogs, hamburgers and even veggie burgers laden with loads of delicious toppings like ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions and sauerkraut. Sounds like heartburn to some - but heaven to others.

Grilling chicken on the grill, smoked ribs dripping with sauce, pulled pork with your homemade Carolina-style BBQ or hot sauce all have one thing in common. They all make a giant mess when spilled on your favorite sundress or new beach towel.

The only problem with eating outdoors is sometimes the paper plates aren’t up to the job. Splat – YIKES! Now there’s a giant glob of bright yellow spicy mustard that just dropped on your new pair of khaki shorts.

We’ve got you covered. Here’s how.

Top Tips for Removing Ketchup and Mustard Stains

  • The first thing to do is make sure the stain doesn’t dry out

  • Flush the stain out under cool running water, working from both sides of the stain

  • Saturate the area with Rejuvenate OUTrageous® Stain Remover and work it in using a clean microfiber towel

  • Launder the item on a cold wash

  • Check the item carefully before drying as heat will set the stain

  • Repeat the stain removal steps, if necessary, before placing in the dryer

Bonus Tip

If you’re working with an older model gas or charcoal grill and it’s starting to show signs of wear, check out our article on removing garden and outdoor stains from your clothing. We’ve included an entire section on how to get rid of rust, charcoal and BBQ grill stains.

Ice Cream Sandwich, Chocolate Sundae and Milkshake Stains

Hot fudge sundaes, chocolate milkshakes, sugar cones dripping with chocolate ice cream and rainbow sprinkles – sinful, delicious, and difficult to remove from clothing. Due to its protein base (unless you’re eating vegan ice cream) ice cream, milkshakes and other milk product stains can be tricky – tricky – tricky.

No worries if you spilled that chocolate milkshake all over your new hoodie, with a bit of Rejuvenate OUTrageous® Stain Remover you’ll have no more sticky – sticky – sticky!

Top Tips for Removing Ice Cream and Dessert Stains

  • Remove as much of the remaining ice cream as possible (5 second rule?)

  • Pre-treat the stain with Rejuvenate OUTrageous® Stain Remover

  • Let the garment soak in a bucket of cool water for at least 30 minutes

  • Remove the item from the bucket and wring out excess water

  • Place on a clean, dry towel and saturate the stain with more Rejuvenate OUTrageous® Stain Remover working it in with a brush

  • Repeat the above steps until you no longer see any signs of the stain

  • Let the garment air dry then check to see if the stain is history – ice cream stains have a way of reappearing as pale yellow marks

  • Once the stain is gone, launder as usual

Iced Tea, Coffee and Wine Stains

Slurp – slurp. There’s nothing like sipping on a delicious and refreshing glass of Iced tea, iced coffee or ice-cold soda. But that’s where the fun ends and the stain begins.

Oh, and let’s not forget WINE! Spilling a drop or 2 of white wine probably won’t even be noticeable. But if you happen to accidentally dump a bowl of sangria or glass of red wine while chasing after your kiddos – help is on the way.

Top Tips for Treating Drink Stains

  • Flush cool water through the backside (reverse) of the garment to remove as much of the stain as possible

  • Wring out excess water, flatten out the garment and place on top of a clean, dry towel

  • Treat the stained area with a bit of Rejuvenate OUTrageous® Stain Remover

  • Gently rub in the laundry pre-treater with a microfiber cloth

  • Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes to work its magic

  • Launder as normal

Grass, Mud and Clay Stains

Running through the park, chasing your dog through the grass, kids rolling in the grass, a friendly pickup game of pickleball in the park – all spell disaster for your clothes. But there is no need to despair when it comes to removing grass, dirt, mud, clay and other stubborn outdoor stains from your clothes.

Top Tips for Treating Mud, Dirt and Grass Stains

  • Remove any large clumps or bits of grass, mud or dirt

  • Soak the garment for about 30 minutes in a container of cool water

  • Wring out the item to remove as much excess water as possible

  • Spread the garment out on top of a clean, dry towel

  • Rub a generous amount of Rejuvenate OUTrageous® Stain Remover into the stained area

  • Gently agitate with a soft brush (an old toothbrush works good for this task)

  • Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes to work its magic

  • Wash your clothing as normal

 

Butter, Mayonnaise and Oil Stains

We’ll call these nasty grease and oil stains the good, the bad and the ugly. A variety of foods fall into this stain category. Mayonnaise from your potato salad, delicious butter dripping off your ear of sweet corn, accidentally dropping your plate of grilled chicken on your lap - don’t you hate when that happens? Grease and oil stains can be some of the toughest stains to remove from clothing.

While all of our previous stain removal tips recommended using cool or cold water, the best way to treat grease stains is with plenty of warm to hot water and a generous application of Rejuvenate OUTrageous® Stain Remover. The heat will help melt away and remove all traces of the greasy mess. Outrageous to the rescue!

Top Tips for Treating Grease and Oil Stains

  • If your clothing is really oily, blot with a dry paper towel on both sides of the stain to help soak up as much of the grease as possible

  • Saturate the affected area with Rejuvenate OUTrageous® Stain Remover and gently work it in with a soft bristled brush

  • Launder the item on a warm cycle – this is the one time you can use hot water if the care label on your clothing says it’s okay

Bonus Tip

These same handy tips can not only be used to remove oily food residue stains, they can also be followed to remove sunscreen and tanning oil from clothing, beach towels and fabrics.

More Outrageous Stain Removal Tips

The key to any successful stain removal process is to pre-treat with a powerful stain remover like Outrageous. Rejuvenate’s Outrageous is a powerful laundry pre-treater that will have your stains gone in no time!

We’ve published an entire series of Outrageous stain removal articles to the Rejuvenate blog. For more great stain removal tips, here are the links to all the articles in our laundry stain removal series.