Mustard Stains

Mustard is a great condiment when paired with delicious meat in a sandwich, marinated on chicken or on top of a hotdog that you’re about to enjoy, but it isn’t as well received when accidents happen and it ends up on your clothes, walls or furniture.

Without the right techniques, trying to clean up mustard spills could just spread the problem literally and you could end up with a bigger mess then you had originally started with.



Mustard or Mastarde which comes from latin – Mustum (the seeds were ground with Must) and Ardens  (Hot) is a condiment made up of mustard seeds that are mixed with various liquids and spices.

These spices are the main cause of staining when it comes to mustard. Yellow mustard in general contains Turmeric which is used as a dye in many foods like cheese, yogurt and margarine to give it colour and to protect it from sunlight, but it is also used as a dye in clothing.

These dye properties is what stains anything it touches and why its essential to attend to the problem as soon as possible.



The most important thing to remember is NOT to panic. When mustard gets spilt the first thing people do is panic and try to rub the mustard off the surface its on – this is bad.

Stay calm and follow these steps.


1. Don’t wait: Mustard stains easily, so if possible try to attend to the problem as soon as possible to avoid permanent stain. It will be much easier to clean up mustard before it dries and hardens.

2. Remove excess mustard: Grab a spoon and scrape away any excess mustard from the surface then use a paper towel or cloth and lightly dab the mustard to remove whats remaining. Frequently fold the paper towel to a fresh spot to avoid spreading accidently.

WARNING: Do not rub the mustard stain as this will only spread the stain.

3. The Cleaning Solution: Mix White Vinegar with a bit of warm water and use a soft sponge or cloth to clean the mustard off the surface. Sometimes, depending on how old the stain is, it can beneficial to dab the white vinegar water solution on the stain and leave it for a minute so it can start to dissolve the turmeric in the mustard.

Handy Tip: Make sure to regularly rinse the sponge to prevent spreading the stain.

For stubborn spots you can use a green scourer and gently rub the areas that need that extra attention. Apply more pressure slowly but do this at your own risk as the scorour can damage your paintwork.

4. Final wipe down: When you have removed as much of the stain as possible, change the water and this time put a bit of detergent in and use a new sponge to do a final pass over the stained area to remove any vinegar residue that is left.

Remember, depending on the life of the stain, it may not be possible to remove all signs of the stain but following these tips you will be able to dramatically lighten the stain to a point it may be hardly visible.

If it is important to you that the wall be perfectly clean and you have tried the above method a few times then you may have to hire a profession cleaner to come in. They will have harsher chemicals that will be able to help remove more of the stain.



Ever had your favourite outfit ruined by a stain? It can easily ruin your night and can be expensive to take it to a dry cleaners to get it professionally cleaned and a stain on the couch will also set you back a bit if you need to call someone out to clean it for you.

Following these tips could just save you the money and stress in cleaning some of your more expensive possessions. 

  1. Remove excess mustard: Use a spoon or a knife to scrape away any excess mustard off the item – avoid rubbing the stain as it will case it to spread.
  2. The Cleaning Solution: Mix up White Vinegar and water into a spray bottle. If the stain is on clothing, place something under the stain or try to seperate the stain section from the rest of the clothing so it doesn’t spread if the solution accidentally drips or runs.
  3. Clean the stain: Spray some of the vinegar solution onto the stain and let it sit for a minute then lightly dab the stain with a cloth or paper towel, regularly folding it to a clean section to avoid spreading the stain. Repeat as many times as needed.
  4. The final wash: Hopefully the stain is now mostly removed. The final stage is a pre-wash and wash.

If the stain is on clothing, fill up the sink with warm soapy water and a bit of bleach (colour safe bleach if the item has colour in it) and place the item in there to soak before placing it into the washing machine for a normal wash.

If the stain is on furniture then mix some warm soapy water into a spray bottle and spray the stain cleaned area, rub it in with a cloth, then use a dry clean cloth to dab it dry.