As parents the infamous ketchup and mustard stains have always determined how long clothing or upholstery lasted but with a few simple steps on your part you can change that. You will need a few things before you get started so make sure you have access to the following:


  • Peroxide or Rust Remover
  • Detergent or cleaning solution
  • Vinegar solution
  • Water
  • Rag or sponge


First you want to apply some of the vinegar solution to the stained area; the amount really depends on the size and area of the stain. Blot the vinegar solution for a few moments with your rag or sponge. Next you want to apply the detergent or cleaning solution, wait a few moments and then blot that area the same way for a few minutes.


Next apply a small amount of the hydrogen peroxide to the area and then blot the same again. By now the stain should have lifted off or be dramatically smaller than when you started. If the stain has not changed then you may need to repeat the process again but after a second time then the stain may need to be removed by a professional. Just remember to never use alkaline cleaners or ammonia on these types of stains because it can be harmful to your upholstery and clothing as well as your health.


The combination of the peroxide, cleaner and vinegar solutions is actually a very popular cleaning method for a number of stains. If the solutions are safe to use on the upholstery or clothing then it never hurts to try out these cleaners especially in short notices. Before you toss something out or pay to have it cleaned, try doing it yourself first because it saves time and money!