Known for its fiery flavour and rich, creamy sauce, curry is a favourite of takeaway enthusiasts and discerning gastronomes alike. However, as anybody who has ever missed their mouth will tell you, curry stain removal can be a tough task, as vivid ingredients such as turmeric – a bright spice containing the yellow pigment, curcumin – have the power to stain clothing, surfaces, furniture, and table coverings. If you’re a fan of any curry, from the ever-popular tikka masala to the notorious vindaloo, these vibrant spices make it incredibly useful to have some emergency stain removal strategies standing by.
Curry or Turmeric Stain Removal on Surfaces
To tackle curry stains on kitchen tops, floors, or any other hard surface, first try swapping your regular kitchen top cleaner for a robust anti-bacterial spray. Check the label for proper instructions, but where possible leave the spray on for a few minutes before working at the stain with a cloth.
Alternatively, you can try to remove the stain with a homemade cleaning paste – just be sure to test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area, as these can be slightly abrasive.
- Mix water and bicarbonate of soda together to form a paste.
- Apply it to the stain, and rub gently with a soft cloth.
- Rinse and repeat as necessary.
How to Remove Curry Stains from Clothing
For those curry stains that find their way on to your clothes (particularly sleeves and laps), try these three effective, easy-to-apply solutions. Make sure to test any method on a small area first, and to follow the directions on the product’s label as well as on your garment’s care label.
- Laundry detergent. Good laundry detergents, like Persil small & mighty, can help treat tough stains. If you find a curry stain on your clothing, apply a bit of liquid Persil detergent directly on the stain and gently rub it in. You can also let the garment soak in a basin or sink in cold water with a bit more Persil detergent. Then, wash the garment as usual.
- Lemon. As well as adding a mouth-watering zing to your Balti, lemon is a handy ally in the battle against turmeric stain removal. Simply slice a lemon in half, squeeze it onto the stain, and leave it for half an hour. Then, wash your garment normally, following the directions on the label of your detergent.
This video guide will show you how to do it step by step.