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The Right Way To Clean Barbecue Sauce Stains

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Picture this. It's summer time. You just got home from a summer party only to realize that you have a big honking stain on your shirt, thanks to that second helping of deliciously saucy ribs you had. Welcome to my world.

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Flickr photo from 21TonGiant

Barbecue stains are difficult to remove for two reasons; The sauce not only leaves a discolored spot on the fabric but an oily residue as well. You can deal with this type of stain with two simple things you can find in your kitchen: dish detergent and vinegar.

It's a two-step process. Soak the garment just like you would soak a dirty dish: In warm water with dish detergent. Not only does this help loosen the sauce from the fabric, but it helps clean the stain. After that, pour some vinegar on the stain and scrub it with a kitchen sponge. The vinegar helps repel the oily residue.

This is a great way to treat a stubborn stain. After you treat it, run the garment through the washing machine like normal. It'll leave your clothing BBQ free!