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How do I get tomato stains out of white t-shirts?

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WhereYouLeftIt Mon 31-Oct-16 18:03:30

Three times I washed these t-shirts now, and I can still see the faint red marks where tomato splashed when cooking. I've used biological powder, Dr Beckman's stain remover, Vanish - any ideas?

PhantomPringles Mon 31-Oct-16 18:04:19

If they are plain white and cotton, you could boil wash or bleach?

ChickyDuck Mon 31-Oct-16 18:05:31

Sunlight! I know it isn't really the weather for it, and it sounds a bit random, but hang it outside in direct sunlight for a couple of days. It really is miraculous!

issynoho Mon 31-Oct-16 18:07:56

Yep, sunlight. On a hanger in the window, even if it's not sunny the UV will work.

trixymalixy Mon 31-Oct-16 18:14:05

Sunshine is amazing for getting tomato stains out.

wooooofudge Mon 31-Oct-16 23:39:55

I am currently doing this with a tomato based stain on a pale cotton t shirt (hanging up in the conservatory). It has faded significantly in one day so I'll leave it another and see if it goes completely.

fusspot66 Mon 31-Oct-16 23:47:01

Keep wetting the stain as it hangs in the UV.

janetmoore Tue 01-Nov-16 12:41:36

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JosephineMaynard Tue 01-Nov-16 12:47:24

Yes, sunlight.

icelollycraving Tue 01-Nov-16 18:34:20

Absolutely, sunlight is bloody brilliant on stains.

bookbook Tue 01-Nov-16 19:07:23

Mild bleach, then sunlight!

LapinR0se Tue 01-Nov-16 19:12:56

You need a detergent with enzymes. I'd say Persil small & mighty bio would do the job.
Now you've washed it multiple times only sunlight will get the orange halo out

WhereYouLeftIt Fri 02-Jun-17 16:36:47

Just thought I'd (belatedly) come back to this thread to thank you all. Sunlight does indeed work a treat, and I've used this method loads since I started this thread. I've got a t-shirt hanging in the window right now, it's on day 4 and that massive stain is almost gone.

So again - thank you all!

wowfudge Fri 02-Jun-17 19:32:13

It also works really well on red wine and gravy stains (once you've got the grease out).

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