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How to Remove Turmeric Stains From Clothes

Turmeric is a powerful spice to cook with and is a powerful colouring agent too! Here's how you can get rid of turmeric stains on your clothing.


Turmeric is a great ingredient to cook and experiment with, as it adds to the deliciousness of food. But unfortunately, it stains just as well as it tastes, leaving behind some stubborn bright yellow marks.

Getting those stubborn turmeric stains out of clothes becomes a challenge for most people. If you are one of them, the following tips are going to come handy.

The faster you can deal with a turmeric stain, the easier it will be to get rid of it. Using a detergent like Surf Excel liquid detergent to pre-treat the stain is a good way to treat turmeric stains on your clothing.

Tips to save your clothes from turmeric stains

1) Take Instant Action. Like other stains such as blood or ink, when it comes to removing turmeric stains, speedy action is essential. Don’t leave the stain to dry, as this will only make the matter worse.

2) Before you attempt to remove a turmeric stain, check the garment’s care label for washing guidelines, as some items may suggest ‘dry clean only’. Also, remember to test any stain removal product on a small, inconspicuous area of the item first.

3) The component that gives turmeric its intense colour is called Curcumin. The bad news is that it’s not water soluble, so simply soaking your garment in water won’t give you the desired result. Also, avoid using hot water, as this could set the stain deep into the fabric, making it difficult to remove.

4) Pre-treat the stain by applying ½ a spoon of Surf Excel liquid detergent and gently dab on it. If the stain is persistent, leave it to soak for 20 minutes and rinse the affected area afterwards.

5) If this method of pre-treating doesn’t take the stain out, then try white vinegar. Soak a paper towel in ¼ a spoon of white vinegar and carefully blot at the stain to remove it.

6) You can also opt to use a specially designed stain remover suitable for the type of fabric the stain is on, such as the Surf Excel Bar.

7) After pre-treating the stain, wash the item with Surf Excel liquid detergent at your regular washing cycle. Remember to check the garment’s care label for the recommended temperature to wash it in.

8) After following the above stain-removal tips, carefully place the fabric in direct sunlight and wait for a few hours. Although this might not help in getting rid of the stain completely, it will oxidise the stain, at which point you can start another attempt at getting rid of the stubborn stain – hopefully, one final attempt!

9) If your fabric suggests ‘dry-clean only’ or is very delicate, it is best to take it to the dry cleaners to get rid of the turmeric stains rather than treating it at home.

Key Steps:

1) DO act fast and treat the stain as soon as possible.

2) DON’T use hot water to soak your garment as this could set the stain.

3) DO try using laundry detergent to pre-treat the stain.

4) DON’T rub the stain. Instead, you should gently dab it.


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