Uh oh... meatball sauce stain on nice white shorts!


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 23, 2009
NZ, South Pacific
I was devouring a Subway meatball footlong earlier and happened to get some of that delicious marinara sauce on my new, bright white cotton shorts. :mad:

Immediately, I took the shorts off (put some other ones on) and tried to dab the stain out. When that didn't work I added some pre wash stain remover to the stain and threw them in the wash. That didn't work either. So I tried to soak them in cool - warm water mixed with laundry powder for a few hours and that hasn't worked either?

What are my options? How do I get stubborn orange sauce stains out of my nice white shorts?


macrumors member
Apr 28, 2011
Greenwood, MO
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You said they are white shorts? How about some bleach?


macrumors G5
Dec 22, 2004
Chicago, Illinois
The very first thing you should have done was to take a cloth, dip it in club soda, and rub it on the stain. That keeps the stain from setting. Then when you washed it, it most likely would have come out.

Unfortunately, you're left with bleach as your only option now, as the above poster mentioned. The bad part about bleach is that it can yellow the clothing. Good luck!


macrumors 604
Mar 2, 2008
Always a day away
What are my options? How do I get stubborn orange sauce stains out of my nice white shorts?
The same way you'd get it off of your dishes - use dishwashing detergent.

My wife keeps some uncolored dishwashing detergent around for emergencies such as this (between me and my 7-year-old son, she's gotten really good at spot removing). Works better than anything I've ever seen.

The caveat is that it really only works on FOOD stains.


macrumors 68040
Mar 24, 2009
Bemalte Blumen duften nicht.
OxyClean spray or the nub works wonders. Let it sit 10 minutes. Then wash it in the warmest water you can for the material. Throw some bleach in there with a little bit of laundry detergent (Tide is my suggestion) and should be alright.

Sources: I have white shorts myself and have had many a stain opportunity arise.


macrumors newbie
Jun 9, 2010
Dawn dish washing liquid has saved many a shirt for me. I don't even bother with stain remover anymore.
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