How To Get Mustard Out Of Clothes

Hot dogs with a little bit of mustard are the specialty in backyard barbecues. But sometimes, not only kids but adults also get mustard smeared all over your dress/shirt. This will be a big problem for you if you are wearing a white shirt. This might ruin your clothes as the yellow color in mustard originates from turmeric. 

And both of them contain tannins- a natural dye obtained from grape peels, and this can be a primary reason why it is so difficult to get the wine stain out of your clothes. But it would be best if you didn’t bother with tannins. It only requires some professional know-how to get those spots out of your precious clothing. 


  • Chilled Water
  • Washing Detergent/Soap
  • Stain Remover 
  • A White Shirt 
  • Color-safe Bleach 

How To Get Wet Mustard Out Of Clothes?

The most excellent method to extract a mustard spot is to wash it before it dries because dried mustard spots are tough to remove. So, whenever you get a stain, make sure you understand these measures. 

  1. If there is extra mustard on your shirt, please scoop it with the help of a spoon. 
  2. After that, look at the clothing tag. If that clothing has a label of clean dry only, then please don’t toss it in the washing machine. Either give it to a dry cleaner or utilize the dry cleaning machine. If there is a case with a sensitive fiber like cashmere or silk, always conduct a spot assessment in a hidden section before using any detergent or spot removers. 
  3. After looking at the safety of the cloth, take the affected area, wash it thoroughly with chilled water, and try to wash off the stain as much as you can. And make sure that you do not scrub or brush the area which has the spot because it might set the mustard even more. Try to keep the current of water a little concentrated to avoid the stain spreading further. Ensure the water is cold because the warm water’s heat might embed the stain, making the spot challenging to get out. 
  4. Take a plain cloth, pat heavy-duty laundry soap/detergent on the spot, and leave it for 10-15 minutes. 
  5. Go back to the sink and again wash it off with chilled water from behind the cloth. And keep one thing in mind: do NOT wash the stain with warm water and do NOT rub or scrub it. 
  6. After washing, if the stain is still there, you can use stain remover and put it directly on the stain. Keep it like that for 5-10 minutes or the time limit mentioned on the packet.  
  7. Toss the garment in the washing machine on the cold cycle with detergent and just a bit of color-reliable bleach. And if you do not have that handy, you can also use vinegar which is the organic choice for bleach and will assist in getting the yellow color out of your garment. 
  8. And please do not put your clothes in the dryer. If it has a little bit of stain left in the garment, the heat will set the stain in and might make it impossible for you to get the stain out of the garment. Let it air-dry instead. 

Tip:  If you get the mustard stain while in public, taking off clothes might be a little bit inappropriate. But you can carry wipes, which can prove a lifesaver for you (they only work when the stain is fresh). Ensure all the instructions are written on the packaging and conduct a spot test to ensure safety. 

How To Remove Dried Mustard Stain? 

Things often do not go as planned; in those cases, it won’t be easy to remove the mustard stain when it’s dried. Therefore, you must follow these methods, which are a little bit identical to the previously mentioned steps, but they require a little bit of extra work and effort.

  1. Take a spoon and scrape all the extra dried mustard. 
  2. Carefully read the instructions given on the clothing label. If it has a dry clean only label, give it to the dry cleaner or utilize the dry cleaning machine at home. It will be wise to conduct a spot test on sensitive garments like other stain remover or detergent. 
  3. After that, Please take off the clothing and keep it in the sink. From the back of the garment, wash off the stain with chilled water. Warning you once again, do NOT use hot water. 
  4. Apply some heavy-duty laundry detergent on the stain with the help of the white cloth. Keep it as it is for about 60 minutes. 
  5. Rinse the garment with cold water repeatedly. 
  6. If the stain is still apparent, dab some laundry stain remover. Please keep it for at least 15 minutes, and then rub the stain from the back of the fabric. 
  7. Toss the fabric into the washing machine with your regular laundry detergent and color-safe bleach. 
  8. Do not transfer the clothes into the dryer because its warmth might set the remaining stain, so air dry it.


Removing a stain is not as tough as it seems. Sure, mustard can be a little notorious as it does not get out that quickly, but you have to save your beautiful white shirt from this horrible stain.