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How to remove Holi stains from clothes

Find out how to remove Holi stains from clothes with ease using simple and available ingredients.


Holi, the springtime festival is around the corner. It's a festival that brings out the inner child in you. Turn anywhere and you will see people playing their hearts out with colour.  However, it is the day after the festival we dread the most, as we try different methods to get rid of those pesky stains from our clothes.   

It’s actually a lot easier than you might think. Removing Holi colours from your clothes involves having a solid plan, so here are a few top tips.

Let’s dive in:

Applying cleaning solutions directly to the stain and washing with Surf Excel will remove them with ease. Make sure you follow the instructions and test on a small area first.

1) Vinegar

When it comes to getting rid of Holi stains, white vinegar is your best friend. All you need is 2 teaspoons of Surf Excel liquid detergent and 1 cup of vinegar. Combine the two, apply onto your clothes, and leave for around 30 minutes. This simple solution will lift the coloured stains right out of your clothing.


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2) Lemon Juice

Using lemon juice is another time-saving solution to get rid of Holi stains. Squeeze the juice directly onto the stain and leave for 15 minutes for the natural acid to do its work. Finish off with a gentle rub to get the colours out.

3) Laundry Bleach for White Clothes     

For whites, laundry bleach happens to be one of the best ways to get the job done. To lift the colour stains from your whites, mix 2 teaspoons of laundry bleach into 1 bucket of hot water and soak the clothes in it.

Just make sure you wash them separately, and not with the colourful clothes. As with any cleaning product, when using bleach, always read the label and follow the instructions. You can read more washing tips for white clothes here.

As long as you work the stains quickly post Holi celebrations, removing colours and stains can be easy. The key thing to remember is to try out your chosen tip on a small area before applying it to the rest of your clothing. Give these different methods a try and you’ll have your clothes back to their best in no time.

Key Steps

Knowing how to remove Holi colour can be easy by following these steps:

  • Wash clothes as soon as possible.
  • Separate stained clothes from the non-stained ones.
  • Repeat process for stubborn stains.
  • Always test on a small area before applying to all clothes.

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