how to remove soy sauce stains

Does soy sauce stain?

One common question that arises when dealing with soy sauce stains is whether or not soy sauce actually stains if left untreated. The answer is yes, soy sauce contains dark pigments that can leave stubborn stains if not dealt with promptly. However, with the right techniques and stain-removal methods, soy sauce stains can be effectively removed from various surfaces, including clothes and carpets. Acting quickly and following the steps mentioned below will help prevent soy sauce stains from becoming permanent. So, if you ever find yourself with a soy sauce mishap, rest assured that there are ways to tackle the stain and restore your belongings to their former glory.

Step 1: Blot the stain

As soon as you notice the soy sauce stain, make sure to clean up any excess liquid that may be on the fabric. Always remember that it's important to blot the stain instead of rubbing it as rubbing can spread the stain and make it more challenging to remove. Make sure to use a clean cloth or paper towel and gently blot at the mark. This will help absorb the excess soy sauce without spreading the stain further. Make sure to handle the fabric carefully whether the stain is on a delicate piece of clothing or something more hardwearing like a carpet in order to avoid any more damage or further staining.

Blot the stain

Step 2: Apply Vanish stain remover

Start by selecting a stain remover that is appropriate for the fabric of your clothes. If the fabric is cotton or polyester, select Vanish Oxi Action Multipower stain remover powder, if it’s wool or silk, select Vanish Oxi Action Multipower stain remover gel. Apply the stain remover directly to the soy sauce stain, following the product's guidelines. Gently rub the stain remover into the fabric using a soft cloth or with your fingers. Allow the stain remover to penetrate the fabric for a few minutes, giving it time to work its magic. With this step, you'll be one step closer to saying goodbye to that stubborn soy sauce stain. For best results on coloured garments, opt for a colour-safe stain remover to prevent colour transfer, such as Vanish Oxi Action Multi Power powder. It removes tough stains even at 20 degrees and prevents colour transfer. If you want to know how to get soy sauce out of white clothes, look for a stain remover specifically designed for white clothes to ensure optimal results, such as Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White powder.


Vanish Oxi Action Multi Power Powder

Vanish Oxi Action Multi Power Powder

Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White Powder

Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White Powder

Step 3: Wash the clothes

First, check the wash symbols on the care label on your garment to determine the appropriate washing instructions. Different fabrics require different care, so it's important to follow the recommended temperature and detergent for your specific garment. Explore our range of stain removers to find the product that’s best for your fabric type. If the fabric allows, you can wash the clothes in the washing machine – but make sure to always check your garment labels first. However, for delicate fabrics, it may be necessary to hand wash them instead. Not sure on how to treat different fabrics? Read our blog post ‘How to remove stains from fabric?’ to learn more.

Wash the clothes

Step 4: Inspect the stain

Once you have washed the clothes, it's important to inspect the stained area to determine if the soy sauce stain has been completely removed. Sometimes, stubborn stains may require a bit more effort to fully disappear.

Take a close look at the stained area and check for any remnants of the soy sauce stain. If you still see traces of the stain, it's best to avoid putting the clothes in the dryer. Heat can set the stain, making it even more difficult to remove. Instead, repeat previous steps,, applying a stain remover and washing the clothes again. Be patient and persistent in your stain removal efforts. Remember, it may take a few tries to eliminate the stain. With determination, you'll be able to restore your clothes to their original condition.

Inspect the stain

Step 5: Air dry and assess

After successfully removing the soy sauce stain, it's important to air dry the clothes. This step ensures that the stain is completely gone and allows you to assess the results of your stain removal efforts.

Hang the clothes up or lay them flat on a clean surface, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Direct heat can cause the stain to set, making it more difficult to remove. By air drying the clothes, you give them the best chance to fully dry and for any remaining traces of the stain to disappear.

Once the clothes are dry, take a close look at the stained area and assess the results. Remember, every stain is different, and some may require additional steps to eliminate.

Air dry and assess

Removing soy sauce stains from carpets

If you're dealing with a soy sauce stain on your carpet, use Vanish carpet and upholstery Oxi Action spray and you'll be amazed at how the soy sauce stain has vanished. If in doubt, make sure to test on a small, inconspicuous area before full application and always follow the instructions on the back of the packaging.


Oxi Action Carpet Care & Upholstery Stain Remover Spray

Oxi Action Carpet Care & Upholstery Stain Remover Spray


Now that you have a step-by-step guide on how to remove soy sauce stains from clothes and carpets, you can tackle these pesky stains with confidence. Remember to act quickly, use the right cleaning methods, always test your stain removers and most importantly – be patient. With these tips, soy sauce stains will no longer be a cause for worry in your household and you will be able to keep both your clothes and your carpets in good condition. Read our blog post on oil-based stains and coffee stains to find out more effective cleaning methods for other common household accidents.