How to Remove Ketchup Stains

You’d be hard-pushed to find a house in Britain without at least one bottle of ketchup stowed away. A breakfast butty’s best friend and a delicious dip to so many dishes, our love for it is undeniable –but as most of us will know, this household favourite can make a mighty mess on once-spotless clothes.

Luckily, Vanish allows you to do just this – simply use our powder or gel to pre-treat and then wash your stained clothing. Or, for carpets and upholstery, use our powerful Vanish Carpet Cleaner + Upholstery, Gold Oxi Action Stain Remover Spray.

Read on for instructions on how to get best results with Vanish Gold Oxi Action and how to remove ketchup stains from:


How to remove ketchup stains from clothes

To remove ketchup stains from clothes, first use a spoon to scrape off any ketchup residue. Next, blot the stain carefully using a clean, damp paper towel or cloth to soak up as much as you can, being careful not to rub it into the material as this will smear the stain more. Finally, use Vanish Gold Oxi Action Stain Remover Gel to treat the stain in these simple steps:

Step 1: Pour 2ml of the Vanish Gold Oxi Action Stain Remover Gel directly onto the stain

Step 2: Softly rub the stain as required using the base of the cap

Step 3: Leave the gel on the stain for 10 minutes (max)

Step 4: Pour 1 cap full (50ml) of Vanish Gold Oxi Action Stain Remover Gel into your washing machine, or 2 caps (120ml) if it’s a particularly tough, dried stain, and wash the clothing as usual with your normal detergent


Before using Vanish Oxi Action, you should always follow the usage instructions on the packaging and follow its care advice.


How to remove ketchup stains from white clothes

To remove ketchup stains from white clothes you’ll need a different product to when you’re removing ketchup stains from coloured clothes. Vanish Gold Oxi Action Crystal White Powder will help to keep your white clothes white, at the same time as removing the stain.

First, gently remove as much of the stain as possible with the side of a spoon. Then blot the stain without smearing using a clean, damp paper towel or cloth. Finally, follow these quick and easy instructions:

Step 1: Mix ¼ scoop of Vanish Gold Crystal White Powder with ¾ scoop of warm water into a paste.

Step 2: Gently rub the paste into the affected area using the base of the scoop, then leave for 5-10 minutes.

Step 3: Pour a scoop of the powder into the machine with your laundry, or in the drawer with your detergent.


How to remove ketchup stains from shoes

To remove ketchup stains from your shoes, you should first assess the material. If your shoes are made from materials such as cotton, nylon and polyester, follow the same steps you would for removing stains from clothes based on whether they are white or coloured, and make sure you put them in a mild wash – being sure to remove shoe laces first.


How to remove ketchup from carpet or upholstery

To remove ketchup from your carpet or upholstery, dampen the affected area with cool water to stop the stain from setting. You’ll then need to scrape the excess off with a spoon or butter knife. Then use Vanish Carpet Cleaner + Upholstery Gold Oxi Action Stain Remover Spray, for the ultimate stain removal action and odour elimination in these easy steps:

Step 1: Open the nozzle and spray around 15cm from the stain

Step 2: Leave for a maximum of 5 minutes, and then blot with a clean white absorbent cloth so you can see the stain being removed

Step 3: Sorted! If it’s an extra stubborn stain, simply repeat Steps 1-2 until it vanishes

So many meals have ketchup as the sidekick, which means a splodge here and there is a common case. But with our vast range of Vanish products, fixing the problem is always a possibility – with minimal elbow grease required.


General Advice

  • Always follow washing instructions on garment or fabric care label.
  • Before use check for colour fastness by testing a hidden area of the fabric.
  • Rinse and allow to dry.
  • After washing or treating garments with Vanish Gold, dry away from sources of direct heat and direct sunlight.
  • When using Vanish to pre treat, use lukewarm water.
  • For best results it may be necessary to repeat parts of the process.
  • Do not use on garments requiring dry cleaning.
  • Do not pour the product on any metallic parts of the garments (e.g. buttons, zips).
  • Do not expose pre-treated or soaked garments to sources of direct heat or direct sunlight before washing or rinsing thoroughly.
  • Do not leave the product to dry on garments (maximum 10 minutes contact time).