How to Remove Pickle Juice Stains

by Daniella Lauren

Spilt pickle juice is bothersome mainly because of the powerful scent associated with vinegar; however, the juice can also stain fabrics because of the dyes used in the pickling process. Removing pickle juice stains is not very difficult, but it can be time consuming.

Items you will need

  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush
  • White cloths
  • White vinegar
  • Liquid handwashing dish detergent


Step 1

Flush the stain with cold water immediately, and set aside the garment in a bucket of cold water for at least 20 minutes.

Step 2

Check the garment for physical evidence of the stain. If there is still a greenish-yellow tint to the garment, flush with cold water again and soak in cold water.

Step 3

Mix some laundry detergent in a bucket of warm water and agitate so that suds form. Place the garment inside the bucket, and set aside for several hours, or overnight.

Step 4

Remove the garment from the bucket and wring out excess water. Sprinkle powdered detergent onto the stain and gently scrub the area with a scrub brush, making sure to get the detergent into the fibers of the material.

Step 5

Mix another bucket of warm water and laundry detergent, and set the garment inside for another round of soaking. Set aside for several hours or overnight.

Step 6

Remove the garment from the soaking bucket, wring out excess water, and launder as normal. After the washing cycle is complete, allow the garment to air dry, and check for any remaining scent or dye. If the stain remains, repeat the process again.


Step 1

Blot the spill immediately with a clean white cloth and remove excess liquid.

Step 2

Combine 1 tbsp. of liquid dish detergent, 1 tbsp. white vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, apply a small amount of the solution to the area. Blot excess liquid with another white cloth, and continue using the solution until the stain is removed.

Step 3

Sponge the area with cold water and blot dry. Apply pressure to a dry, white cloth to remove excess moisture.


  • Vinegar is acidic and should be rinsed off cloth immediately to help prevent damage to the material. Warm or hot water can set stains, so use cold water when rinsing and soaking the stained area.

    Since the dryer can set stains permanently, do not use the dryer to dry the garment until you are sure the stain has been removed.


  • Although white vinegar is commonly used as a home cleaning product, it should not be applied to cloth undiluted.

About the Author

Daniella Lauren has worked with eHow and various new media sites as a freelance writer since 2009. Her work covers topics in education, business, and home and garden. Daniella holds a Master of Science in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Pensacola Christian College.