Uncle Shifty Asked:
“Got some St. Paddy’s Day collateral damage at the pad. The green food colouring was supposed to go just in the beer but somehow got spread around a bit–on the rug, on my favourite party T-shirt (you know, the one that says I Eat Road Kill) and worse, I dunno how, all over my Tony Soprano poster. How fix, Karen? Help me out here.”
Uncle Shifty – the t-shirt and the poster sound ridiculous. You should have thrown them out long before they even had a chance to get covered in green food colouring.
However, I promised to help whenever I could so I performed a little experiment and as luck would have it, it worked.
To remove food colouring from clothing soak the stain with a product called “Goof Off”. You can get it at most hardware stores in the paint remover aisle.
To make sure it worked as promised, I performed this test for you. Even though you have questionable taste in clothing and home accessories.
1. I first spilled diluted green food colouring onto t-shirt.
2. I then dripped a couple of undiluted food colouring drops onto t-shirt.
3. I let the stains set overnight.
4. Soaked the stains with Goof Off and let sit for 15 minutes. It stunk. And at this point it didn’t look like it was going to work. Most of the stain remained.
5. Washed in cold water (did not put in dryer afterwards because heat would set the stain). Low and behold … most of the stain was gone!
6. Treated again with Goof Off.
7. Washed again in cold water (did not put in dryer afterwards). Still an even fainter stain so ….
8. Treated a final (3rd ) time – rubbed the remaining stain quite a bit – and washed in cold water.
9. Stain gone! Put in dryer.
To remove food colouring treat with Goof Off. It may take several treatments. Wash in between each treatment in cold water.
There’s all kinds of crap on the Internet about how to remove stains. Don’t waste your time with ’em. Just go buy a can of “Goof Off”.