How to Get Meat Stains Out of Clothes

by Erin Griffith

Say you're cooking a tasty stew and some of that savory meat juice splashes up onto your clothing. Or perhaps, you're eating a fresh-off-the-grill burger, just dripping in juicy grease, and on your first bite, it oozes all over your lap. Even when you have a bib or apron on (no judgments here), meat stains are a danger of being a carnivore. They're typically grease-based, and as a result they require special care to be successfully lifted.

Items you will need

  • Absorbent paper towel
  • Disposable muslin (optional)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish detergent
  • Stain removal products (such as OxiClean)
  • Butter knife (if stain is dried)
Step 1

Scrape any dried, crusty part of the stain off with a butter knife if the stain is older than a few hours. The best line of defense, however, is to act as soon as the stain occurs.

Step 2

Dab any excess juice on the surface of your garment with a clean, dry paper towel or disposable muslin, then with a damp towel. Don't rub the stain in.

Step 3

Rinse your garment in cold water from both the front and back.

Step 4

Apply OxiCclean or another specialty stain remover to the stain's location and gently rub it in by placing your knuckles under the garment, folding it over your fists and rubbing the sides of the material together.

Step 5

Soak the garment in cold or lukewarm water (as warm as your garment's washing instructions permit) for 30 minutes.

Step 6

Wash the garment in the laundry machine according to its washing instructions. Throw in several drops of of liquid dish detergent and OxiClean or other stain remover.

Step 7

Hang your garment to air dry. Do not dry it in the dryer because it will set the stain if it has not been fully lifted. If this is the case, repeat the above process up to two more times.

Tips

  • For a pesky meat juice stain, the best option is careful use of watered down bleach like Clorox. For non-washable garments, dry cleaning solvent can be applied carefully from the back of the stain with a piece of muslin.

Photo Credits

  • meat on grill image by blaine stiger from Fotolia.com

About the Author

Erin Griffith has covered finance, private equity and mergers and acquisitions since 2005. She has served as a senior reporter for peHUB, a Reuters subsidiary, associate editor for "Buyouts" magazine and reporter for Mergermarket, dealReporter and Ft.com, a Financial Times Group subsidiary. Griffith has a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a certificate in women's studies from Ohio University.