How to Remove Jell-O Stains

Jell-O is made from two stain-causing ingredients: artificial colored dye and gelatin. The colored dye in Jell-O (especially red) can make for stubborn stains, while plain, non-dyed gelatin is a protein stain that is easier to remove through soaking and washing. Fortunately, you can work to remove Jell-O stains at home using products you likely already have in your cupboard. Never use hot water on plain or dyed gelatin because it cooks the protein and can set the dye, making the stain hard to remove. The dye, especially in red Jell-O, sets quickly, so treat the color immediately. If you’re using ammonia to clean a Jell-O stain, never combine it with bleach, as the fumes are toxic.

Stain typeDye-based/protein-based
Detergent typeHeavy duty
Water temperatureVaried
Cycle typeVaried

When to Call a Professional

If your stained garment is labeled as dry clean only, remove any Jell-O solids and visit your dry cleaner as soon as possible. If you are using a home dry-cleaning kit, treat the area with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag. Do not use the oxygen bleach or a water-soaking solution on wool, silk, or anything trimmed with leather. If your stained upholstery is silk or vintage, blot the stain and then contact a professional cleaner.

Materials

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Ammonia
  • Detergent
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Vinegar

How to Remove Jell-O Stains from Clothes

Enjoying a cup of sweet, refreshing Jell-O can sometimes result in a stain or two. You can take at-home steps to eliminate the stain before it permanently sets.

  1. Scrape Excess

    Use a dull knife or spoon to remove any solid Jell-O pieces from your clothing. Don’t rub or wipe, as it will push the stain deeper into the fabric and make it harder to remove.

  2. Rinse

    Rinse the area with cold water by holding it under a faucet or sponging as soon as possible. 

  3. Sponge the Stain

    Sponge the stain with a bit of plain rubbing alcohol or household ammonia and rinse well. When the color is gone, wash as recommended on the care label using heavy-duty liquid detergent.

  4. Mix Solution

    If the stain is dried or any artificial colorings remain on the fabric, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (recommended brands include OxiClean, Nellie’s All Natural Oxygen Brightener, and OxoBrite) and tepid water following package directions, and submerge the garment. Allow it to soak at least four hours or overnight, and then launder as usual. 


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Tip

Typically, darker dyes are more challenging to remove than lighter dyes. If your Jell-O is yellow, the stain may come out more quickly than a red Jell-O stain.


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How to Remove Jell-O Stains from Carpet and Upholstery

You can remove Jell-O stains from upholstery using the same cleaning solutions and techniques as you would for carpet. Be careful not to over-wet cushions because excess moisture can cause mildew and mold. 

  1. Lift Solids

    Lift the solids out of the carpet fibers using a spoon or spatula. Be careful not to press the solids into the fabric while doing so.

  2. Mix Solution

    Mix 1 teaspoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent, 1/3 cup of distilled white vinegar, and 1 and 2/3 cups of warm water. Use a clean white cloth, sponge, or soft bristle brush to blot the solution into the stained area. Work from the outside edges toward the center to prevent the stain from spreading.

  3. Air Dry

    Air dry the carpet away from direct heat. If the stain remains, mix a solution of oxygen bleach and cool water following the package directions. Use a soft-bristle brush to work the oxygen bleach solution into the carpet.

  4. Let Sit

    Let the solution sit for at least one hour before blotting away and rinsing with cold water on a cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone. Allow the carpet to air dry and vacuum to lift the carpet fibers.


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Additional Tips for Handling Jell-O Stains

If the Jell-O stain persists, you may repeat your cleaning method of choice as many times as you see fit. Although at-home practices can be very effective in removing Jell-O stains, if you can’t manage to eliminate the spot, you can call a professional cleaner for more specialized advice.


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