How to Remove Turmeric Stains from Your Clothes Safely

Turmeric is a great ingredient to cook and experiment with, as it adds to the deliciousness of food. But unfortunately, on your clothes it becomes a stubborn yellow stain; here’s how to remove turmeric stains from clothes.


How to remove turmeric stain from clothes
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If you are wondering how to remove turmeric stain from clothes, you have come to the right place. The faster you can deal with a turmeric stain, the easier it will be to get rid of it. Using a liquid detergent can be a good option to pre-treat stains. Being liquid, it dissolves entirely with water and washes away without leaving any residue. You can try using Surf Excel Matic Liquid for this; it is easily available in the market. Before using any product, check the instructions on the pack.

How to Safely Remove Turmeric Stain from Clothes?

If you want to know how to remove turmeric stain from clothes, the first step is to read the wash care label instructions on your clothing and employ a suitable technique to get rid of the turmeric stain on your clothing item as per the instructions. For example, you cannot use bleach on delicate fabrics like silk and wool. Follow the methods given here to know how to remove turmeric stains on your clothes. 

How to Pre-treat Powdered Turmeric Stains

Use laundry detergent. Whether it is in powder form or mixed with oil in curry, turmeric can leave behind a nasty stain on your clothes, if you do not act swiftly. Turmeric contains curcumin which gives it that vibrant yellow colour. Please note that curcumin is not water-soluble.  

If the turmeric on your clothing is in powder form, take it outside and brush away the turmeric powder as much as you can. You can now pre-treat the stain by pouring a few drops of liquid detergent directly on the stained area. Gently rub it with your fingers in circular motions and wash with plain water. You can repeat the step once again if needed. 

How to Pre-treat Oil-based Turmeric Stains

Use cornstarch. If the stain is oil-based, you must blot as much of the liquid as you can with a paper towel. An oil-based turmeric stain can be that of a gravy or food. Remember, you must blot and not rub the stain as rubbing will only spread the stain further. Once you’ve wiped off the excess liquid, you must prevent the oil from settling into the fabric. Cover the stained spot with cornstarch and leave for 20 minutes. Later, pre-treat the stain with the laundry detergent. 

You can also use lime juice. If you are sitting in a restaurant and pre-treating the stain is not possible, ask for lime juice. It acts as a mild bleaching agent. Apply the juice on the stained spot and leave it for 15 minutes. You can then rinse off the lime juice from your clothing using a damp cotton cloth.

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How to Remove Turmeric Stains From White Clothes?

While treating turmeric stains on white clothes, remember to be gentle. When using any cleaning product or solution, always test it on a small patch to check the compatibility. Follow the methods given here to get rid of turmeric stains on your white clothes. 

Ingredients to keep handy:

a) Bleach-based detergent 

b) Bucket of cold water 

c) Dishwashing liquid 

d) White vinegar

e) Mild laundry detergent

Method 1: Using Bleach 

  1. Step 1: Read the Care Label

    It is important to ensure that your clothing item is bleach-resistant. Exposure to bleach of delicate fabrics can ruin them forever. So, double-check if you have to. 

  2. Step 2: Treat the Stain

    If the stain is dry, brush it away as much as you can using a nylon brush. Next, dampen the stained area with water. This will make the cleaning process effective. Now, pour 4-5 drops of liquid detergent directly on the stained area. Gently rub it with your fingers and wash with plain water. You may repeat the step once again if the stain is stubborn.

    For oil based turmeric stains, remove the excess residue with paper towels. Now sprinkle baking soda over the stained area and allow it to sit for 1 hour. Meanwhile, make a cleaning solution by mixing ½ cup of white vinegar, 1 tsp. of dishwashing liquid and ½ cup of water. Now spray this solution over the baking soda paste. Make sure you spray enough amount of solution to dampen the stained area. Using your fingers, gently rub it for 2-3 minutes. Wash away with plain water. 

  3. Step 3: Soak in Bleach

    In a bucket filled with cold water, add 1 cup of bleach. You can use a bleach (sodium hypochlorite) like Rin Ala. Rin Ala being sodium hypochlorite bleach is recommended to use on white clothes only. Do not use on coloured clothes. Read the instructions on the product label to know the exact amount to be used. Soak your garment in this solution for 20 minutes. 

  4. Step 4: Rinse and Soak

    Rinse your garment. If you still see a faint mark on your clothing, soak it overnight in ½ bucket of water mixed with 1 cup of baking soda. 

  5. Step 5: Wash

    Now, wash your garment like you usually do. The stain must have completely disappeared. Let your garment air dry. 

Method 2: Using White Vinegar 

This method is useful for removing stains from delicate fabrics like silk, linen etc. 

Step 1: Prepare Stain-removing Solution 

Mix 2 tbsp of white vinegar with 1 tbsp of dishwashing liquid in a bowl. Now, soak the stain affected area of your garment in this solution for at least 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water. 

Step 2: Treat With Laundry Detergent 

If needed, add 2-3 drops of detergent in a bucket of cold water. Always test the cleaning products on an inconspicuous area of your garment to check for compatibility. Soak your clothing in the detergent solution for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

Step 3: Allow Air-Drying

Let the garment air dry thoroughly before you store it away. 

How to Remove Turmeric Stain from Coloured Clothes

Ingredients to Keep Handy:

a) Dishwashing liquid 

b) Vinegar

c) Paper towels

d) Laundry detergent 

e) Toothbrush

Method 1: For Normal Stains 

  1. Step 1: Apply Laundry Detergent on the Stain

    Cover the stained spot on the clothing with a liquid detergent. You can try Surf Excel Matic Liquid as it leaves no residue (like powders do) as being a liquid it dissolves completely in water. Scrub with your fingertips so that the liquid gets into the fabric. Leave it for 30 minutes. 

  2. Step 2: Rinse

    Rinse off the soapy layer on your garment with cold water. The stain must have disappeared or reduced to a pale pink colour. 

  3. Step 3: Treat the Stain With Vinegar

    Soak a paper towel with vinegar and dab it on the stain affected area. Keep at it until the stain disappears completely. 

  4. Step 4: Wash Your Garment

    Use the washing method suggested by the wash care label. If you prefer to wash your clothes in a washing machine, you can use Surf Excel Matic Liquid. It is specially formulated for washing machines. Run a second cycle if the stain hasn’t completely disappeared. Now you know how to remove stain from coloured clothes.

Method 2: For Stubborn Stains   

Step 1: Prepare Stain-removing Solution 

Mix 2 tbsp of white vinegar with 1 tbsp dishwashing liquid in a bowl. Soak the stained area of your garment in this solution for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water. 

Step 2: Treat With Laundry Detergent 

Hold the stained portion of the fabric in running tap water. Dip a damp toothbrush in powdered laundry detergent and scrub the stained part of the garment. Keep at it until the stain is lifted off the fabric. 

Step 3: Wash the Garment as Usual 

Put away your clothing item for washing like you usually do. Hang it to dry in the sunlight. It is a natural bleaching agent. However, keep checking if the stain has disappeared every 1 hour. Direct exposure to sunlight can also result in discolouration of your garment.

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In ancient India, turmeric was revered for its golden colour. Nowadays, the spice is also used in Western countries because of its health benefits. Fresh, powdered turmeric stains anything it comes in contact with. But don’t worry; these techniques will keep your clothes stain-free. 

Do not use hot water to treat turmeric stains as it will set the stain more firmly in your garment. 

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