How to Clean Food Stains from Your Colourful Dupatta

A dupatta can instantly brighten your look, but accidental spills and stains could dim your garment’s beauty. Try these cleaning tips to remove stains from your dupatta like a pro!

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How to Clean Food Stains from Your Colourful Dupatta

A dupatta is a wardrobe staple for many Indian women and can give even your old outfits a stylish spin. You can dress up a designer suit for special occasions, or even a plain kurta for work or college with a dupatta.

But if you’ve found a food spill staining your dupatta, don’t panic. We can spare you the heartache. We’ve detailed some cleaning methods to remove common stains -- like ketchup, gravy and chocolate -- from your dupatta easily.

Note: Before using any stain-removal solution, test it on a small, inconspicuous area of the dupatta first. Also, you can use these solutions for your silk, cotton and chiffon dupattas. But for silk, remember to use a mild laundry detergent when required.

Before starting the cleaning process, if the stains have dried, take an old toothbrush or a spoon and scrape off any food or liquid stuck to the fabric. This will make the stain-removal process easier.

1) Cotton Dupatta

In a cup of warm water, add 2 tbsp. of baking soda and mix it well. Pour this solution on the stain. Let the solution sit for 15 minutes. Wash the stain with cold water. The stain will disappear and your dupatta will look like new.

2) Silk Dupatta

Before you start cleaning the stain on your silk dupatta, pour a few drops of water on the stain first. Now, cut a lemon in half and rub it on the stain. Then wash as you normally would. We suggest you use a mild laundry detergent for washing, or a detergent that is specially formulated for silks.

3) Net Dupatta

To clean your net dupatta, mix a cup of cold water and 1 tsp. of mild laundry detergent in a bowl. Pour the solution on the stained area and rub it gently with your fingers in a circular motion. Remember to not rub hard as this can damage the net. This solution can clean tea and juice stains too!

So, there you have it. Now you won’t have to worry about ruining your favourite dupatta if you’ve accidentally spilled food on it.

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