How to get curry stains out of clothes

Worrying about making a mess shouldn't be on your mind when enjoying a delicious curry! Find out how to remove curry stains from clothes.

Updated 29 August 2019

curry stains

Hot and fiery or fresh and fruity, we all have our own favourite curry, but not everyone knows how to get curry stains out of clothes. Why is it important? Because whether you’ve cooked it from scratch or ordered from your local takeaway, curries aren’t always the cleanest of eating experiences! Unless you’re wearing an apron, it’s almost impossible to avoid the odd curry stain or spillage.

Thankfully, whilst cooking a curry requires certain skill, curry stain removal is far less complicated – and there’s no need for it to make you feel all hot and bothered (we’ll leave that to the chillies). Here we show you the best way how to get curry stains out of clothes.

To remove curry stains from your clothes, pre-treat the affected area with liquid laundry detergent like Persil small & mighty before washing to achieve the best results. Always check the garment care label and test on an inconspicuous area before widespread use.

Getting Curry Stains out of Clothes

  1. Act fast. The quicker you can attack a curry stain, the easier it will be to remove it. The colours and oily base of curries and spices such as turmeric can permanently dye a piece of fabric, so try and treat it while the stain is fresh.
  2. Blot the stain to remove the majority of the moisture, being careful not to scrub and smear it further and deeper into the fabric.
  3. Run the stain under cool water until the liquid runs clear.
  4. Soak your garment in a mixture of water and a liquid laundry detergent like Persil small & mighty Bio. Just follow the directions on the label in the section marked ‘hand-wash’. You can also apply a small amount of liquid detergent directly to the stain to pre-treat it if you would prefer.
  5. Wash as normal, following the advice on the care label.
  6. Hang up and leave to air dry.

Curry Stain Removal – More Tips

  • Curry stain still not budged? A simple solution might shift any remaining discolouration. When cleaning with chemicals, always wear gloves and be sure to run a test patch first.
  • Eating out? Don’t panic. Gently blot as before, then squeeze the juice of a lemon or lime over the stain. Most restaurants will have a plentiful supply of these fruits for serving with drinks, so do not be afraid to ask. Alternatively, ask for a small amount of white vinegar. Anyone of these three ingredients will serve as a natural substitute. Leave for 10-15 minutes and blot dry with your napkin, washing again with detergent when you get home (try to do this within 48 hours).
Originally published 19 July 2018