8 Simple Ways To Get Rid Of Saliva Stains(From Dog Drool To Baby Spittle)

Dogs, babies, our own sleeping selves – whatever the cause, drool is something we encounter on a daily basis! And as you probably already know, saliva can stain a variety of different fabrics and materials. Thankfully, those white marks can be a thing of the past, but only if you take the necessary steps to get rid of them. This article will cover it all: dog drools to baby spittle, sheets to upholstery. This is the ultimate guide on how to get rid of saliva stains! Check out the list of the best non-toxic  Stain Removers on Amazon now!

How To Remove Saliva Stains From Fabric

First of all, let’s get two things out of the way early, so that you remember them for this section and every section hereafter:

NEVER use hot water on saliva, and ALWAYS check your product’s label. The guidance we are going to give here should be seen as general advice. Yes, it works, but make sure it is safe to do on your specific fabric/upholstery/clothing/sheets or whatever it is that you need to remove saliva stains from. We don’t want you to ruin your favorite sheets by not checking the label first.

OK, now that the warning is out of the way, here’s how to remove saliva stains from fabric:

  1. Apply a pre-treatment stain remover to the fabric, directly on the stain.
  2. Leave to soak in cold water for one hour.
  3. Wring out fabric with your hands.
  4. Apply liquid detergent directly on the stain.
  5. Wash on a cold cycle. Never warm!

How To Remove Saliva Stains From Upholstery

So you’ve fallen asleep on the sofa again, and now you’ve drooled all over it. That’s OK, it happens! And better yet, there is a sure-fire way to fix it. Here’s how:

  1. Check the label for a “W” or an “S”. This will lead to different approaches.
  2. If your label has a “W” it means it is safe to use water-soluble cleaners. Fetch an upholstery shampoo or pre-treatment spray and apply directly to the stain. You might also like to spray a small amount at the back of the upholstery first where nobody can see – just to make sure it doesn’t affect the dyes. Wait for 30 minutes, and then remove the shampoo by dabbing the area with a damp cloth.
  3. If your label has an “S” this means you need to use a dry solvent cleaner. Apply a small amount to the affected area. Dab with a dry cloth. Make sure your product expressly says that it is a dry solvent cleaner, water will damage upholstery with an “S” on the label.

How To Get Drool Stains Out Of Pillows/Sheets

Congratulations, you made it to the bed instead of the sofa! But you still drooled, huh? Don’t worry, you can fix that too!

  1. Apply enough laundry detergent to cover the saliva stain.
  2. Apply some cold water.
  3. Rub the fabric together so the detergent works deep into the fibers.
  4. Soak in cold water for up to an hour.
  5. Wash on a cold cycle.

How To Remove Old Drool Stains From Clothes

Now, if you’ve already tried to treat the clothes with hot water, then there’s probably little you can do. BUT, there may be something you can at least try before getting rid of the clothes. Follow these steps, and you might just be able to save your favorite pair of PJs!

  1. The first thing to do is pre-treat it as you would with any fresh stain. Really let the cleaner soak deep into the fibers and rub them together with your hand. Be vigorous: You’re battling an old drool stain, so now isn’t the time to be delicate.
  2. Leave to soak in cold water for an hour.
  3. If it looks as though it hasn’t faded even slightly, apply more pre-treatment stain remover, rub vigorously, and soak again.
  4. When it’s looking at least a little better, apply laundry detergent and rub vigorously again. Remember, you’re trying to really work the cleaner into the fibers.
  5. Wash on a cold cycle.
  6. You may need to repeat the steps above a few times with old stains. If it doesn’t make a difference though, it’s bye-bye favorite PJ’s we’re afraid…

How To Remove Baby Drool Stains

OK, we’ve focussed enough on our own drool stains now, so let’s remind ourselves that we aren’t the worst droolers out there, that still very much belongs to the babies! And baby drool can actually be some of the toughest stains to remove. Saliva as a whole is quite a difficult stain to get rid of, mostly because of the proteins in it. But baby drool just seems to be even worse. But here’s the best way to remove baby drool stains from fabrics:

  1. Soak in cold water first, without any cleaning products. This can help loosen baby drool.
  2. Apply an enzyme cleaner to the stain – this will break down those proteins we talked about and help to lift the stain right out.
  3. Use an old toothbrush to really work the enzyme cleaner into the fibers of the fabric.
  4. Wash on a cold wash to avoid cooking the stain into the product forever.

How To Get Rid Of Dog Saliva Stains

Second to babies in terms of the most notorious droolers out there, thankfully isn’t us, it’s everyone’s favorite furry friend: dogs! Some breeds are quite persistent with their drooling, so it’s good to know how to treat those stains to stop your whole house from turning into stain central! Here’s the best solution that we’ve found:

  1. Regular stain removers don’t seem to work quite as well on dog drool as it does our own, so creating your own is best.
  2. Mix together cold water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1 tsp of baking soda, and 1 tsp of dish soap. Mix well, but be careful not to let it fizz over the sides of your bowl.
  3. Take a white absorbent cloth, and soak it in the mixture.
  4. Wring out with hands until damp.
  5. Dab, don’t rub, the cloth onto the fabric.
  6. For persistent stains, you can leave to soak for up to 15 minutes.
  7. Take a clean damp cloth and dab the area again to remove the homemade cleaner.

How To Remove Dog Drool From Hardwood Floors

Once you’ve created the homemade cleaner above, you can use it on hardwood floors!

  1. Simply take the mixture from above, and dab the area with a damp cloth that has been soaked in the homemade cleaner.
  2. Only leave to soak for 2 minutes maximum, so you don’t damage the integrity of the wood.
  3. Dab with a clean damp cloth.
  4. Then pat dry with a towel.

How to Get Dog Drool Out Of Leather Seats

Whether it’s in your home or the backseat of your car, dogs just seem to love drooling on leather. Unfortunately for you, your homemade cleaner won’t work on this one, so you’ll have to pick something up from the store. Still, it’s worth it for your beloved pet, right?

  1. Purchase a leather cleaner.
  2. Apply to the affected area – just a small amount.
  3. Leave to soak according to the package instructions – some stronger ones might suggest doing it for less.
  4. Dab with a white cloth.

Saliva stains Q&A’s

We thought we’d add this little section to the end to try to answer some of your most burning saliva-related questions, so we hope you find it useful after our how-to guide on all things saliva!

Why does drool turn white?

This is a little disgusting, but our saliva is made up of a mixture of mucus, proteins, and predominantly water. When we drool onto something, the water part of the saliva usually evaporates pretty quickly. That means all those white stains on your pillowcase – that’s your leftover mucus and proteins drying into the fabric. We told you it was disgusting.

Why does my drool stain my pillow?

This sort of relates to the above point. But the main reason is, you’ve probably slept for a few hours, and you probably started drooling the moment you fell asleep. Typically our mouth will dry out a little after sleeping with our mouths open for a while, so most of the saliva stains you wake up to have been there for a while. The water has evaporated long ago, and the proteins and mucus of the saliva have been working their way into the fibers of the fabric all night long, making it more difficult to get out. Check out the list of the best non-toxic  Stain Removers on Amazon now!

Does dog drool stain?

Anybody who has a big loveable drooling fur baby knows that it does. And it’s pretty difficult to get out. That’s why we recommend making your own homemade cleaner for dog drool.

How do you get old milk stains out of babies’ clothes?

Now, anybody who has had a baby knows that nine times out of ten, if they’re drooling, they’re mixing saliva with something else. Milk is probably the most common, so we thought we’d address this here too. Old milk stains usually yellow over time and the best way to remove them is by bleaching the clothes with the sun. Wait for a nice hot day, and place the clothes flat on the ground outside. Make sure it will be exposed to the sun for the maximum amount of time. After that, simply wash as normal and you should see a difference!


Hopefully, this how-to get rid of saliva stains guide has taught you a thing or two about removing those stubborn pesky stains! Be sure to refer back to this article so you never make a mistake when treating saliva stains again!