Kombucha has been seeing a rising popularity for the past few years. If you have plans to give this drink a try or this is already your current favorite, it is important to know if your clothes are also safe from kombucha. Does kombucha stain? How to clean scoby?
What is kombucha made of
Not a lot of people are familiar with kombucha but it is actually a trendy new drink among the community of lovers of healthy food and culinary connoisseurs.
Kombucha tea is a type of fermented beverage assumed to have originated from China. The Chinese regarded kombucha as an elixir of immortality over 2,000 years ago. It soon spread to other countries including India, Japan, and Russia. The tea also reached more cultures and countries such as Korea, Germany, and Poland.
Kombucha tea is fermented liquid made from black tea, white tea, or green tea and natural fruit sugar. SCOBY sours the tea, which is fungus mixture from the symbiosis of yeast and bacteria.
The enzymes and Scoby bacteria consume most of the tea’s sugar content. It then transforms the tea to a sugar-sweet, low-calorie, slightly acidic drink.
Why does Kombucha SCOBY go moldy?
If your Kombucha SCOBY goes moldy, it is majorly because you are brewing it under a low temperature. When the temperature under which you are brewing your Kombucha drops below standard ( 60-85°F), it will stop acidity and lead to the growth of mold. Therefore, you must never put your SCOBY inside the freezer! Also, brew under moderately warm temperatures. Any temperature level below standard will affect your Kombucha.
Does kombucha stain carpet
Unfortunately, kombucha stains the carpet. Similar to other types of colored drinks, your kombucha tea may leave behind some permanent marks and blemishes on your carpet.
Does kombucha stain clothes
Similar to green teas and other forms of colored water, kombucha will cause stains if you spill it on your clothes. There is a simple explanation for this and that is because kombucha contains tannin, a type of alkaline substance that forms a hard to wash glue.
During worst case scenarios, this may even stick permanent stain traces over your clothes that might prove to be very difficult to remove.
This is why you must remove kombucha stains out of your clothes at the soonest time possible. Failure to do so immediately will end up making the stain color set in. As a result, you may no longer be able to remove the kombucha stains from your clothes.
Does Kombucha stains the couch
Yes, Kombucha will stain your couch if it accidentally spills over it. Kombucha stains are similar to tea stains, check below for information on how they can be effectively removed.
- Dab the stained spot with water to clear the stains a little.
- Make a solution from the mixtures of 1 or 2 cups of water, and a tablespoon of white vinegar.
- Dab the solution on the stained spot using a towel or washcloth.
- Leave it to sit for close to 10 minutes.
- Soak another towel in water and sponge on the treated spot to rinse off lifted stains.
- Use a microfiber cloth to blot it dry.
Can Kombucha stain teeth
Yes, kombucha can stain your teeth. Kombucha contains both tea and sugar, and therefore, you can easily get your teeth stained with the drink.
To avoid getting your teeth stained by kombucha, drink a mouthful of pure water, after guzzling a cup or two of kombucha drink. However, do not swallow, agitate in the mouth for a few seconds and spit it out to get rid of all lifted acidic stains from the mouth and teeth.
Does Kombucha stain jeans
Yes, Kombucha will stain jeans. Kombucha contains tannins and will definitely stain your jean if you accidentally spill over them. To know how you can remove Kombucha stains from jeans, refer to the section of this article where I discussed “how to get Kombucha out of clothes”
Do kombucha stains hard to clean
Kombucha stains may be a bit tricky to remove on your own. Just like other types of stains, the secret is to always act fast. if you don’t deal with the stain right away, it will simply set in that can make it almost impossible to remove.
What can remove kombucha stains
To remove kombucha stains, you can prepare a mixture of one liter of water and one teaspoon of vinegar. Soak the stained fabric in this solution for 10 minutes and rinse this with water as usual afterwards.
If the kombucha stain already turned yellow, use liquid detergent and rub it on the stain. Steep the stained area with water then leave this for more than 30 minutes.
What to do with Kombucha that has turned to vinegar
Well, this is an ambiguous question as it can be interpreted to mean different things. Did you mean what to do to fix it? Or what you can do with your vinegary Kombucha? You know what? Never mind! Both implied meanings shall be appropriately treated below, so read on.
How to remedy vinegary kombucha
If your Kombucha is vinegary and you would like it to taste restored, check below for tips on how it can be achieved.
Make use of a neutralizer
The neutralizer here could be anything sweet as long as it is capable of neutralizing the taste of the affected Kombucha. You can make use of fruit juice, pureed fruit, or you can use natural sweeteners like sugar and honey. Whatever your choice may be, just mix with the vinegary Kombucha. You can drink (to confirm if there are any changes) right after the first fermentation or you can wait until it ferments the second time). Sweetness offsets sourness!
Dilute with water
For some people, sugar may be a no-go area for them because it affects their health. If you are among these sets of people, mix the vinegary Kombucha with any carbonated water, soft drink, or tap water. Although this may not have to the sweetness of the Kombucha, it sure will make the taste more tolerable.
How to use sour Kombucha
I know you are probably wondering whether this section is actually necessary. Well, it is, because before Kombucha turns to vinegar, the taste will become sour. At this point, you can still make the best out of the situation before it completely changes to vinegar. Check below for details.
- Make a strong starter Kombucha out of it.
- Apply to protein or vegetables as a marinade.
- Soak grains in it to improve its digestion.
- Lastly, since it is about to become vinegar, leave it to ferment till it tastes like vinegar. Once it changes to vinegar, you can use it as an alternative to real vinegar. You can use it to dress your salad, mayonnaise, or use it as a household cleaner.
How to prevent my kombucha from turning vinegar
Kombucha goes through a process called fermentation before it is transformed into that fizzy, tart, and slightly tasty favorite drink of yours. However, there’s a thin line between tartness ( vinegary or sour)and sweetness and therefore, you must achieve a balance between these two tastes so you don’t alter the original flavor of your Kombucha. Check below for details on how to prevent your Kombucha from becoming vinegary.
Do not leave your Kombucha to ferment for a long time: The longer you ferment your Kombucha, the more it becomes sour. Therefore, on its first fermentation, it is better to reduce the number of days than to extend it further. The first fermentation should not be extended more than 7 to 12 days. If you would like to ferment your kombucha for the second time, ensure the Kombucha is still somewhat sweet before you begin fermenting for the second time because it will continue to be more acidic in the second fermentation.
Place in a cool spot: Heat speeds up fermentation rate, and that is why when you ferment Kombucha in warm areas, they ferment faster. Therefore, it is recommended that you ferment your Kombucha in a cool place under a temperature level of about 60-85°F.
Balance the yeast: If trying out the two recommendations above, your Kombucha still ferments at a faster rate, balance the yeast in your brew. You can balance your Kombucha in the following ways.
- Pull out SCOBY ( kombucha is a result of year and bacteria reacting on sweet tea: SCOBY is the cellulose mat that houses them) from the container and wash off the yeast ( they are the brown stringy bits you see on the SCOBY).
- Reduce the number of times you steep your tea. This will reduce the number of tannins available for the yeasts to feet on, hence, reducing their activeness.
How to clean kombucha out of carpet
Obviously, you cannot put your carpets in your washing machine. This is why the first thing you need to do is dab the kombucha stain with clean cloth dipped in water.
Check if this will loosen up the stain a bit to help you remove it. if this fails to work, you can try mixing a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar and a tablespoon of liquid washing detergent.
Add two cups warm water to the mix to help dilute everything and gently apply this on the kombucha stain.
Try getting the stain out with clean microfiber cloth. It is a very effective method that works most of the time. But, for dry and old stains, you might have a harder time getting them out.
If the stains are already old and dried out, you can rub some detergent on it. Soak the stained area of the carpet with some water and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
Use a clean cloth afterwards and dab this on the stain to try getting it out. But, since kombucha stains are often quite firm, it might be more difficult for you to get it out completely.
Here are other things you can do to clean kombucha stains out of your carpet if the traditional methods don’t work.
How to remove kombucha stains from carpet with carpet stain remover
An effective way to remove kombucha stains is by using a carpet stain remover. These products are available in stores but you need to ensure that you buy one that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals that may cause permanent damages on carpets.
When using a carpet stain remover, you have to be extra gentle and ensure that you only apply it on the stained parts of your carpet. Wait for a few minutes to allow the carpet stain remover to penetrate deeper into the carpet fibers. Use tissues or rag to blot the stain out.
How to remove kombucha stains from carpet with with baking soda and vinegar
If there is no traditional carpet stain remover available in your house, you can also use distilled white vinegar and baking soda. Using this mixture will not only remove the stains for at the same time, it also helps get rid of foul odor that might not have penetrated the carpet.
If you accidentally spilt kombucha on your carpet, the very first thing you need to do is dry this out first as much as you can. Blot the stains off first before you apply the vinegar and baking soda solution for at least 30 minutes. Use your vacuum cleaner to get everything out afterwards.
How to get kombucha out of clothes
- To remove kombucha stains from your clothes, dab the stain with water to check if it will clear it up a bit.
- Mix 2 cups of warm water, one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar, and one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent.
- Apply this to the stain gradually and dab it with clean microfiber cloth until you remove the stain.
- For dry or old stains, rub some detergent at the stain and let the fabric soak for 30 minutes in cold water.
- Rinse the garment thoroughly.
- If there are still traces of tea, rub some liquid laundry detergent on the tea stain then soak f or 10 to 15 minutes in warm water.
How to get rid of the Kombucha smell
Well, keep in mind that you can not entirely reverse the smell of kombucha but you can reduce it to some degree. Check below for details.
- Add baking soda
- Add water to the batch
- Add more sugar
- Add more fruit juice
- Or better still, make use of purified water.