Mehndi is an important ritual during most Indian weddings. It is one of the most fun-filled pre-wedding functions. However, it’s common for someone to stain their expensive designer wear with henna during mehndi functions. It’s best to clean the stain as soon as you spot it. Follow this step-by-step method to get rid of henna stains effortlessly.
If you’re removing stains from a silk saree, use a mild detergent that suits silk.
Step 1: Scrape the Henna
If the henna is still wet, scrape it from your garment using a butter knife. You can also blot it using a soft cotton cloth. Ensure that you do not rub the cloth, as it will only spread the stain. Gently dab to get rid of the residue.
Step 2: Treat with Mild Detergent
Add 1 tsp. of mild detergent in a bowl of water and mix well. Soak a soft-bristled toothbrush in the detergent solution and scrub the stained area of your garment in a slow, circular motion. Rinse with cold water. Repeat the process if the stain persists.
Step 3: Treat with Milk
If there’s still some residue stain left on your saree, heat ½ a cup of milk in a saucepan till it is lukewarm. Pour this milk in a small bowl. Now, dip the stained area of your saree in the milk until the stain is completely immersed in it. Leave it for 30 minutes. Then, treat the stained area with mild detergent as in Step 2.
Step 4: Treat with Vinegar
This is an alternative to Step 3. If you do not want to use milk, you can use vinegar. Pour 4-5 drops on vinegar on a soft-bristled toothbrush. Scrub the stained area of your garment with the toothbrush gently in a circular motion. Let the vinegar rest on the fabric for 2 hours.
Step 5: Wash
Wash your saree like you usually do.
Step 6: Dry
Dry your saree in a shaded place.
This wedding season, enjoy and indulge without worrying about henna stains ruining your expensive sarees.