How to Remove Paint from Clothes with Baking Soda

Painting is fun. It’s one of the things that give me pure joy. But guess what’s not fun at all? Accidently putting paint stain on your clothes. Removing paint out of clothes is such a pain.

Paint stains are super frustrating and irritating. When our clothes get covered with paint, it becomes a matter of great pain. 

The risk of getting paint on clothes sometimes becomes unavoidable. But no worries. We have a solution to this significant issue.

In this article, I will briefly discuss how to remove paint from clothes using baking soda. I’ll explain why we should use baking soda, how it works and how to do it properly. Follow my cleaning instructions carefully.

So let’s get right in.

Remove Paint from Clothes with Baking Soda


You might be wondering why we use baking soda? Don’t we only use baking powder when we try to bake something? How do baking soda and oil-based paint come to the same question!

You can remove acrylic and oil paints using baking soda. Turns out baking soda is an excellent absorbent. And this chemical property of baking soda makes it easier to blend in with the paint and thus remove it.

Ordinary paint quickly gets absorbed into fabric clothes. So do oil-based paints.
As a result, Baking soda won’t remove the excess paint stain directly from the cloth that easily.

We need to use warm fresh water with baking soda and follow some easy steps to complete the whole thing correctly.

In that way, the soda particles can blend in and remove the paint particles from the cloth. Follow this article for further details.

Ways to Remove Paint from Baking Soda

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Let’s get started with how we’re going to continue the process. First, Let’s take a look at the things you’ll need.

  • A cup
  • Some water
  • A spoon or a brush
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Sponge
  • A bucket
  • Paper towel

Collect these items carefully. After that, Let us begin the step-by-step process.

Step 1: Making the Baking Soda Solution

First, take some water in a pan and start applying heat. Warm running water will also help. After the water is warm enough, add Vinegar and create a solution.

Take the solution and pour it into a bucket of hot water.

After that, take 1/4th cup of baking soda and mix it well with the Vinegar solution.

Dishwashing detergent or laundry detergent can also be used. But Laundry detergent doesn’t work with every fabric.

This mixture of baking soda and vinegar will be your main recipe. Baking soda added with vinegar will work as a paint-removing agent for our process. Keep the bucket in a secure place.

Step 2: Remove Excess Paint

After making your recipe take your cloth and start removing extra paint stain from your cloth.

You can use the bottom side of the spoon to remove the extra paint. Or you can use an ordinary brush if the stain remains.

This step will remove all the extra paints situated at the surface level. We only have to deal with the paint particles inside the cloth fabric. Oil-based paint can be a bit tricky.

Removing the extra paint particle from the surface will make the following steps easier. I recommend you thoroughly remove the excess paint.

Step 3: Soak the Cloth

After completing the 2nd step, we will get back to our recipe. Take your cloth and soak it in the bucket full of baking soda solution.

Make sure the whole cloth is soaked in the solution. Especially the parts with paint on them. And keep the cloth in the solution for 10-15 minutes.

This will give the solution enough time to react with the paint. And you can move on to the next step.

Step 4: Scrape the Paint

After soaking the cloth, all you need to do is scrape the paint from the cloth. The Vinegar and baking soda solution will dissolve with the fabric very easily.

This means you can take off the paint stain easily by scrapping. Continue scraping until all the paint comes off.

Don’t apply too much force. Too much force may damage the surface of your cloth. A small amount of force will easily do the trick for you. Instead, smoothly scarp the whole paint area with the proper time. You will get your result.

Step 5: Wipe the Area

After scrapping, carefully wipe the area with a soft paper towel. Take a dry soft towel and smoothly rub the cloth with it. This will take out the extra water and paint marks from your cloth.

Step 6: Dry the Cloth

And the final step of this process (probably the easiest) is simply drying off your cloth. You can use a hairdryer if you’re in a hurry, or else you can let it dry off naturally.

I recommend taking your time and naturally drying your cloth. This way, there will be no side effects of any sort.

Make sure to follow the steps mentioned above carefully. Prepare the ingredients first, plan out all the processes, and calmly execute them. Don’t rush and treat your clothes too harshly.

After you’ve dried your cloth, your cloth will be as fresh as new for sure! You have successfully cleared the paint out of clothes.


Q: What home remedy removes paint from clothes?

Paint on your clothes is one of the frustrating situations you can get yourself into. And when it gets on your clothes, you might want something to remove the paint instantly.

Some homemade remedies can do the trick. They are easy to get and quick to work with as they are homemade.

Rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, hairspray, Baking soda, etc., can be used as a paint remover. They are present at our home. And the time calls, they can be our rescuer from paint stains.

Q: Can baking soda remove paint from the woods?

Many people don’t believe this but using baking soda in paint works. Putting it in simple terms, baking soda can be used to remove paint from the woods. You can easily do it yourself.

You need to make hot water and add baking soda to it. Apply the baking soda solution directly to the wood and leave it for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, simply scrap the paint off the wood. That’s it. No other ingredient or step isn’t necessary.

But the type of wood will affect the result.

Q: Can baking soda be used on metals?

I recommend not to use baking soda on metal surfaces. I’ll tell you why.

Baking soda is excellent for removing paints. This is a well-known fact. But when it comes to metal, we should be careful about one thing.

There will be no issue if you use baking soda on metal surfaces and quickly rinse it off. If you’re sure you can do it fast, do it.

But if you’re late in the process, you might get into trouble. Because allowing the baking soda solution to stick onto the surface will cause the metal surface to oxidize.

And it can result in corrosion and color change. That means using baking soda on metal will get you into more trouble. Be careful and give this idea a thought before implementing it.

That’s why I prefer not to use it.

Q: Can nail polish remover remove paint from metal?

Turns out nail polish removers can remove nail polish and remove paint from any metal surface.

Nail polish remover is a well-known paint remover. Mainly, it is used to remove paint from clothes.

But it can also be used to remove paint from the metal surface. It works as a substitute for acetone.

Nail polish will perform just fine. If you don’t have acetone near you, use nail polish remover to get your job done. You can follow the general procedures and steps.


Throughout this article, I’ve talked about baking soda and its use as a paint remover. Paint removal can be a tricky process. And using a good solution is the key to removing paint properly.

Baking soda will get the job done. I’ve discussed how to take the paint off properly in the step-by-step process. Carefully follow these steps and utilize the items properly. And next time, be careful while painting.

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Hi there! I’m Eva, artist, designer, photographer and mom of three little gentlemen altogether. When I’m not playing with my kids, you’ll find me researching and writing for ChooseMarker.

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