How to Get Betadine Out of Clothes [Stey-by-step Guide]

Betadine helps to prevent wounds, minor cuts on the skin, burns from infection, and treats skin infections. Although betadine may help to alleviate pain, but the downside of it is that it can be a source of frustration when you accidentally stain your cloth with this ointment.

This article is meant to guide you through the process of how to get betadine stains out of clothes.

How to remove betadine stain from clothing

What are the ingredients in betadine

Betadine contains both active and inactive ingredients.

Active ingredients in Betadine is povidone-iondine.

Other ingredients include sodium chloride, glycerine, sodium hydroxide, nonoxynol-9, dibasic sodium phosphate-citric acid, purified water, and disodium phosphate.

Does Betadine stain clothes

Yes, Betadine can stain your cloth. Betadine is golden brown in color, so it will definitely stain your cloth if it drops on your clothing fabric during the application or you hug someone whose skin is already stained with betadine.

Can betadine damage clothes

Betadine stains can hardly damage cloth if treated promptly. Even if the stain sets in, it can be difficult but can still be removed if you persevere. But if you are the lazy type, you can easily give up and lose your cloth to betadine stains.

Will betadine stain come out of clothes

Yes, betadine stains come out of clothes. Although removing betadine stains from cloth may be challenging at first, but with the proper stain remover, you can easily get rid of it.

If you’re very familiar with my articles, I always recommend that stains should be treated on the spot if you can make it happen at that moment. The same thing applies to betadine stains because the longer it is left untreated, the more difficult your job will be.

What can remove betadine stains from clothes

You can get rid of betadine stains from clothes using any of the following cleaning agents; Vinegar, baking soda, Ammonia, acetone, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, or sodium thiosulfate crystals.


It is important for you to know that most cleaners suggested here are abrasive cleaners and are likely to affect your fabric. The reason for these tough choices is that betadine stain can be difficult to remove, so it is reasonably justifiable to attack it with potent cleaners like the ones listed above.

You are thereby enjoined to test any of the cleaners above on the hidden part of the fabric to see how it reacts to the cleaner before application.

How to get rid of betadine stains on clothes

I believe you’ve waited long enough, and it’s high time I took you through the steps involved in removing betadine stains.

  1. Prevent the stain from setting by washing the affected area under running water and ensure it is fully dampened. This must be done almost immediately after your fabric got stained.
  2. Make a solution comparing Ammonia, cool water, and a liquid washing detergent.
  3. Leave the fabric in the solution and let it soak for about 30 minutes.
  4. Withdraw fabric, squeeze the fabric to rid it of excess water, and do your laundry normally.
  5. Verify if there are no stain traces before drying. If the stain is completely removed, you can put it in the dryer or sundry. If the stain persists, repeat the process until it’s fully gone.

How to remove betadine stain with Acetone

Acetone is a chemical-based cleaner that can be used to clean the toughest stains. It can be used to clean paint, oily or greasy stains. Apart from being super effective, it is very easy to use.

  1. Apply Acetone on the affected spot using a towel or any applicator of your choice.
  2. Leave it to sit for few minutes.
  3. Wipe off the cleaned surface with a clean towel or cloth.
  4. Rinse and wash the normal way.

How to remove betadine stain with vinegar and baking soda

Both baking soda and vinegar are abrasive cleaners, and they are effective cleaners when used separately. When both are combined, they tend to be more potent.

Using both baking soda and vinegar.

  1. Make a solution of 2 cups of vinegar, half cup of baking soda, one tablespoon of laundry detergent, and 2 cups of hot water.
  2. Saturate the affected area with this solution and leave it there for a minimum of 2 hours.
  3. Withdraw fabric and wash the normal way.

Note: You should make use of this method if the betadine stain has already set in.

Betadine stains FAQs

Does betadine stain skin?

Yes, betadine can stain your skin just as much as it can stain your clothes. And besides, most betadine stains on clothes are transferred from the skin.

Getting betadine stains out of the skin is not as difficult as those on fabrics, so you might not have to worry much about it.

How to remove betadine stain from skin?

Getting out betadine stains is easy. You can easily remove such stains by following these steps.

  1. Dip a cotton ball into isopropyl alcohol and let it soak.
  2. Rub the soaked cotton ball on your stained skin.
  3. Change the cotton ball and soak in isopropyl alcohol once the stain has completely transferred into a soaked cotton ball.
  4. Wash your skin with warm water and use a towel to dry it.

Is hydrogen peroxide the same as betadine?

No, both are different! Although both are cytotoxic, i.e., they are both harmful to living cells, but they have certain dissimilarities.

Differences between Betadine and Hydrogen peroxide.

  • Betadine is a stable disinfectant, while hydrogen peroxide is more potent and unstable.
  • Betadine is better used on open wounds, while hydrogen peroxide is better used on a dried wound.
  • Hydrogen peroxide can affect the skin if used excessively; Betadine doesn’t affect the skin.
  • Betadine can kill bacteria present in wounds, but hydrogen peroxide is better at irrigating wounds.

Can I have betadine stain my nails?

Yes, betadine can stain your nails. However, you can easily remove betadine stain from nails by washing with soap and water.

Is betadine stain permanent?

No, betadine stains on both clothes and skins are not permanent.

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