Iodine is an excellent antiseptic that is in every first aid kit. The only negative of the product is that after treatment, the brown pigment remains on the skin for a long time. When disinfecting a wound or scratch, you can accidentally spill liquid on clothes, floors or furniture. But do not worry: these stains are easy to remove at home using various popular means. In the article we will tell you how to wash iodine quickly and efficiently.

The video listed folk recipes for dealing with antiseptic stains

All about removing iodine from different surfaces

improvised means
– Acetone
— Laundry soap
— Starch
— ammonium chloride
— Baking soda and vinegar
— Milk
— Alcohol
— Vitamin C
Special funds
— Bleach
— Stain remover
— Sodium thiosulfate
– Soft upholstery
– Wooden surfaces
— Plastic
Floor coverings
— Linoleum
— Laminate
— Carpet
Recommendations and restrictions

How to remove a stain from iodine in folk ways

1. Acetone

His Can only be used on whites. If pure acetone is not available, replace with nail polish remover. Pour a little on a cotton pad and carefully rub the stained area. When the pigment is discolored, you can send the item to the machine. The strong chemical smell of acetone will go away after washing.

2. Laundry soap

Helps remove stains from delicate materials. Soak the fabric area in cold water, then lather well and leave the foam for 15 minutes. Repeat the procedure if the pigment did not dissolve the first time. Then you can start washing. It is desirable to use soap, which contains 72% fatty acids. It will remove even the old mark faster and more efficiently.


3. Starch

Use Starch for Delicates and Denim. First, the product must be soaked for 20 minutes in warm water. Then carefully wring out and apply potato starch powder to the contamination. After 15 minutes, a chemical reaction should occur, and this area will turn blue. After that, you can rinse the clothes in cold water and wash.

4. Ammonium chloride

You can use ammonia to clean white fabrics.. Mix one tablespoon of ammonia and 200 ml of water. Moisten a cotton pad with the resulting solution and rub it on the contaminated area. Repeat the procedure until the pigment is discolored. After that, you can wash in the usual way.

5. Soda and vinegar

These products effectively remove even the old pigment. Sprinkle baking soda on the stain first, then pour some vinegar on the spot. Leave the item like this for 10 hours, then rinse with warm water and wash. Such method should not be used on delicate fabrics.

6. Milk

With the help of milk, fresh small stains can be removed. To do this, the area of ​​u200bu200bthe fabric must be soaked in milk for half an hour, and then rub the remaining pigment with soap suds. After that, you can proceed to the main wash. This gentle method is suitable for colored things..


7. Ordinary alcohol

Suitable for cleaning colored fabrics. If there is no diluted alcohol in the house, you can use vodka. Pour some liquid on the contaminated area and wait 15-20 minutes. After that, rinse the item and send it to the wash.

8. Ascorbic acid

Dissolve two tablets in 200 ml of water. Dip a cotton pad into the resulting mixture and apply it to the contaminated area. Repeat the procedure until the pigment is completely removed.

Special funds

1. Bleach

Bleach or other strong chlorine-based cleaners can be used to clean white clothes. To get the best effect, apply them in two steps:

  • First, pour bleach on the local area and scrub with a brush.
  • Next, completely dip the thing into the basin and soak in water with whiteness for several hours.

After these manipulations, rinse the product and wash.

2. Stain remover

In household chemical stores and marketplaces, you can find stain removers that are suitable for different types of fabric. They differ in composition and have different concentrations of surfactants.

Such products are sold in the form of a powder, liquid or a convenient soap bar. Manufacturers indicate instructions for use, restrictions and precautions on the packaging.

For white items, you can use chlorine-based formulations. Colored and delicate items are best washed with oxygen stain removers.

3. Sodium thiosulfate

This substance is always in the house of those who are engaged in film photography. It is part of the fixer, you can pour it on the stain and start processing. Also in any pharmacy there is sodium thiosulfate in its pure form — it is produced in the form of a powder or liquid mixture. To prepare the solution, you need to dilute the powder with water according to the instructions that are indicated on the preparation.


Removing a stain on furniture is more difficult than on clothes. Many of the above tools are suitable for this, but when cleaning, you need to take into account the features of the upholstery and material. Next, we will tell you how to wipe iodine from upholstered furniture, as well as wooden and plastic surfaces.


Upholstered sofa or armchair

We choose a tool depending on the upholstery fabric.

Flock, chenille. These are wear-resistant artificial materials that will not suffer from strong friction. For white upholstery, you can use a solution of ammonia — 1 tablespoon per 500 ml of water. Blot a white cloth and apply the solution to the stain. Excess moisture can be removed with a dry cloth. Repeat the procedure until the stain disappears. Colored upholstery can be washed with starch gruel. Apply it to the contaminated area, leave for 10 hours. If excess powder remains on the surface, collect it with a vacuum cleaner. The rest — rinse with clean water.

Velvet and velour. These fabrics can be cleaned only with special gentle means.

Linen and cotton. Strong friction will damage the structure of natural materials, so it is better to use only effective products right away. For this, specialized ready-made formulations or a gentle method with starch are also suitable. On a white fabric, you can bleach the pigment with peroxide.

Jacquard. This material requires increased care in care, so it is better to entrust its cleaning to a cleaning service.

Natural and artificial leather. Such a surface does not absorb traces of antiseptic, so cleaning it is easier and faster. To do this, moisten a cotton pad with diluted alcohol and rub the contaminated area until the pigment dissolves. A white leather sofa can be treated with a baking soda solution.


From the surface of chipboard and MDF, you can literally erase the stain with a regular eraser. If this does not help, treat the area with alcohol, starch or ascorbic acid.

Another thing is when it comes to raw wood. Then iodine can be absorbed into its structure, and you will have to sand the surface with sandpaper.


To clean plastic items, it is more convenient to use a sponge. Any sanitary ware cleaner removes dirt well from a white surface. The color coating can be cleaned with alcohol and ascorbic acid solution.

Floor coverings

We tell you how to wipe iodine from linoleum, parquet and carpet.


The most successful (if I may say so) material on which it is not scary to spill iodine. Over time, the pigment is not absorbed, but on the contrary, it evaporates itself. This process will be accelerated by direct sunlight on the dirty area. Under the influence of ultraviolet light, a chemical reaction occurs.

But if the pollution is in a conspicuous place, you can quickly wipe it off with whiteness diluted in water. Dampen a cloth with this solution and scrub the floor. For a fresh stain, soap suds, soda and ascorbic acid are suitable.

Laminate and parquet

The stain on these floor coverings can be spotted out with a solution of soda, starch gruel or alcohol. Scrub the area thoroughly with a rag or sponge, and then mop the floor.


A fresh stain should be gently blotted with a dry cloth so that it absorbs excess liquid. Next, locally apply starch, soap suds or a solution of vinegar and soda to the contamination. Leave for a few minutes, then remove the product with damp cloths or a brush, and then wipe dry. Disposable paper or cloth towels are suitable for this. Pigment can be removed from a white carpet with hydrogen peroxide, acetone, or sodium thiosulfate.


Recommendations and restrictions

We told how to wipe off iodine and what means for this can be used on different fabrics and materials. Now let’s look at what precautions there are to make the procedure more efficient.

  • If the antiseptic gets on your clothes, do not rub it on a dry cloth.
  • Start rubbing the dirt from the wrong side, and then go to the front.
  • Clean the area, moving from the edges of the stain to the center. This is necessary so that it does not spread further through the fabric.

It is best to use iodine not in a bottle, but in the form of a pencil. It cannot be spilled, it takes up less space, and it is also convenient to take it with you when traveling.