Getting curry stains out of clothes is a pain. You can’t just throw them in the wash with your other clothes because it will ruin everything else, but you also don’t want to toss them in the trash.
We’ve all been there before – we get home maybe from a delicious Indian restaurant and find that our favorite shirt now has a bright yellow stain on it!
Luckily, there’s an easy way to remove these stubborn stains – by following these simple steps.
Why Does Curry Stain?
Curry is a mixture of spices, and one of the main ingredients in curry powder is turmeric. The color from the turmeric stain comes from the curcuminoids in this spice, which are potent natural anti-inflammatory agents also found in olive oil and other healthy foods.
Are curry stains permanent?
“No, curry stains are not permanent. But they can permanently stain your clothes if not removed quickly.”
How to get curry stains out of clothes
Here are some of the most effective curry stain removal techniques. Keep in mind that these are most effective when done right after a curry spill.
- Scrub off excess curry Stains
- Scrub off as much of the excess curry stains as possible, with a spoon or butter knife. Do it carefully and make sure not to damage the fabric.
- Soak in cold water
- Soak the stained clothes in cold water for 10 o 30 minutes, checking periodically to see if any stains have been removed.
- Then soak the stained area in the mixture of water and heavy-duty laundry detergent which is specially designed for removing stains.
- Wash as normal with detergent, following the instructions on the garment label
- Repeat the process if necessary.
- Air-dry the garment
How to remove old curry stains
Pour the vinegar directly onto the stain and rub it with an old toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly before washing in cold water. Be aware that vinegar may cause colors to bleed when used with other fabrics or when diluted with water, so it is best to use this product on white clothing only.
Apply lemon juice to the stain before washing, then wash as usual.
Baking soda paste
Mix baking soda with just enough water to form a thick paste. Rub it into the stain, let dry completely, then launder as usual.
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How to get curry stains out of white clothes
Pour some dish detergent onto the stain before washing as usual.
Mix a tablespoon of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide until you have a thick consistency, then apply it to the stain. Let sit for thirty minutes, then wash as usual.
Distilled White Vinegar
Apply distilled vinegar directly to the stain before washing as usual.
How to remove turmeric stains on carpet
- Make a paste out of three parts baking soda and one part distilled white vinegar.
- Then apply it directly to the stain.
- Srub the area until no more stains seen
- Rinse with cold water
- Let the carpet dry
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How to get rid of curry stains from plastic
- Make a mixture of three teaspoons of dishwashing liquid and one tablespoon each of white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
- Apply the mixture to the stained area of the plastic
- Scrub until the stains disappear.
- Then clean with cold water and dishwashing detergent.
How to get curry stains out of jeans
- Be sure to pre-treat or soak stained jeans in some cold water and mild detergent.
- You can also apply a paste of baking soda and water, allow the pates to sit on stained area for 20 minutes
- Rinse the jeans
- Wash as normal
- Air dry
How to get curry stain out of wood
Mix a quarter cup of lemon juice into two cups of boiling water and baking soda to make a paste, then add it to the stained area of the wood.
Allow the mixture to sit for 20 minutes
Clean the mixture
How to get curry stains off hands
Mix a few tablespoons of liquid hand soap with a cup of water, then wash your hands with the mixture until the curry stains are off your hands
Curry Stain Prevention Tips
To prevent curry stains, be sure to wash new clothes before wearing them. If the label says “dry clean only,” follow those instructions. It’s best to hang dry new items for a few days before wearing them, just in case.
When cooking with curry powder, try not to make a mess! Keep food covered as much as possible, and try to avoid scratching pots or pans with utensils.
Try not to get curry powder on your hands when cooking with it. If you do, be sure to rub them with some vegetable oil first so the stain won’t stick as much.
Rinse off spoons and spatulas quickly after stirring spices.
Wear an apron while cooking.
Avoid using the dryer on your stained items if possible, since heat can set stains.
Avoid using chlorine bleach to remove curry stains—it only makes them worse because it fades colors over time.
Can baking soda remove curry stains?
“Yes, but it will not remove the brown color that is left behind by the curry. It can only remove superficial stains.”
Can toothpaste remove curry stains?
“The answer is yes. Toothpaste will remove curry stains. In order to do so, you will need to apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to the stain before washing as long as there is no pre-existing baking soda paste on the stain.”