How to Remove Rhubarb Stains

by Richard Brown ; Updated September 28, 2017

The stalks of rhubarb are edible -- don't eat the roots or leaves.

rhubarb stems image by Maria Brzostowska from

From soups and entrees to jam and pie, rhubarb is nutritious and adds a distinct flavor and texture to many dishes. Rhubarb is high in Vitamin A, calcium and Vitamin C, so it makes a wonderful ingredient in a number of recipes. Rhubarb juice is even an interesting addition to many cocktails. When an accident causes your rhubarb dish to spill on the tablecloth, your shirt or your sofa, take immediate action to avoid permanent staining.

Items you will need

  • Container of warm water (bowl or bucket)
  • Old towels
  • Oxygenated bleach
  • Mild detergent

Stains on White or Light Cloth

Step 1

Add 4 oz. of oxygenated bleach to a bucket of warm water, about 2/3 full. Stir briefly to ensure the bleaching agent is mixed throughout the water.

Step 2

Completely immerse the piece of clothing into the water. Allow it to soak for about an hour. Check it occasionally to ensure that the clothing is submerged.

Step 3

Check that the stain has disappeared, then launder as normal. If the stain has not faded away after an hour, submerge the garment for another 30 minutes to an hour. Then launder as normal.

Stain on Colored Cloth or Upholstry

Step 1

Add 1 to 2 oz. of mild detergent to a bowl of warm water. Stir briefly to distribute the detergent throughout the water.

Step 2

Saturate the stained area of upholstery with the solution using an old, clean towel. Allow the solution to sit on the fabric for 15 minutes.

Step 3

Dab at the stain with the soaked towel until the stain is lifted. Switch to a second old clean towel if the first becomes too stained. Continue until the rhubarb stain has disappeared.

Step 4

Allow the upholstery to air-dry.


  • Treat a rhubarb stain as quickly as possible for the best success in eliminating the stain.

    An alternative treatment for clothing is to flush the stain repeatedly with white vinegar, then rinse thoroughly before laundering.


  • Test a small areas of the cloth with the oxygenated bleach solution before applying the mixture to the stain.

Photo Credits

  • rhubarb stems image by Maria Brzostowska from

About the Author

Brown is a writer with expertise in many topics, including law, health, fitness, travel and outdoor recreation. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Utah State University. He began working as a freelance writer in 2007, and his articles appear on several Demand Studio websites, including eHow.