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How to Remove Turmeric Stains from Clothes

Turmeric stains are stubborn, but we've got the strategies you need to get rid of them! Read on to find out how to remove turmeric stains from clothes.


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Written by Eunice Samson

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Renowned for its staining power, turmeric contains the yellow pigment curcumin, which – as many a curry enthusiast would acknowledge – seems to gravitate towards clothes, testing the cleaning skills of any domestic god or goddess.

The trick to treating most stains is to act fast – as soon as you notice the spill, start tackling the problem with a stain removal method below, and then wash the garment with a high quality laundry detergent like Breeze with ActivBleach. Be sure to read the directions on the label before using any cleaning product.

How to Remove a Turmeric Stain

With their close proximity to the plate on a daily basis, sleeves often find themselves in the firing line for turmeric stains. For the best results, remember that time is of the essence: the longer turmeric has to work into the fibres, the harder it will be to shift.

You can use a specialist stain removal product – just follow the directions on the label and test on a small area first. You can also try applying Breeze liquid detergent directly to the stain as a pre-treatment. Then, wash the garment as advised by the care label in the washing machine. If that doesn’t fully get the stain out, you could also try one of the homemade remedies below.

Homemade Remedies for Turmeric Stain Removal

You can also try using homemade solutions, too, but remember, before applying any new cleaning product or method, read the care label of the garment and test it on a small, hidden area beforehand. Read the label on any commercial products you use for the best results.

Hydrogen peroxide (for white clothes):

  • Fill a spray bottle with one part 20% volume hydrogen peroxide and nine parts water.

  • Spray liberally onto the stained area(s), and leave to soak in for around four hours.

  • Machine-wash the garment with detergent, as directed on the care label.

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  • Rinse the stain thoroughly with warm water.

  • Mix an equal solution of glycerine and water and apply to the stained area.

  • Finally, rinse again and machine wash as usual with a biological detergent.


While providing a piquant counterbalance to turmeric in a chicken dish, lemon can also be used to for turmeric stain removal:

  1. Slice a lemon in half.

  2. Squeeze onto the stain.

  3. Leave for half an hour.

  4. Wash normally, following the directions on the label.

Now you know how to remove turmeric stains from clothes – there’s no need to worry about using your favorite ingredient!

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Frequently asked questions on removing turmeric stains from clothes and surfaces

How do you remove turmeric stains from dishes?

Whether you want to learn how to remove turmeric stains from dishes made from plastic, glass or ceramic the steps are simple. First, make up a stain remover solution of 2-parts warm water and 1-part white vinegar. Pop your stained dishes into the solution and leave them to soak overnight. In the morning you can clean them off as normal and the stain should be gone.

How do you remove turmeric stains from rubber items?

If you want to know how to remove a turmeric stain from rubber, we've got you covered. For a small, light stain all you need is a little dish soap and a soft-bristled brush. For larger, more prominent stains we recommend creating a baking soda paste with equal parts baking soda and water. All you need to do is apply the paste to the stain, leave it for 15 minutes and then gently scrub the paste – and the stain – away with clean, warm water and a soft brush.

Is turmeric staining permanent?

Turmeric stains easily, and those stains can be really difficult to shift - especially on light colored fabrics. You stand the best chance of getting rid of turmeric stains for good if you treat the stain as quickly as possible. Avoid heating or drying the garment as this could set the stain in the fibers making it even harder to remove. If turmeric staining remains even after trying stain-removal methods then you may need to consider dying your garment instead.

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