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How to remove curry stains

Everyone loves a curry, but the resulting stains can be a nightmare. Find out how to get curry stains out of clothes with our helpful tips and tricks!


how to remove curry stains

Known for its fiery flavour and rich, creamy sauce, curry is a favourite of takeaway enthusiasts and discerning gastronomes alike. However, as anybody who has ever missed their mouth will tell you, curry stain removal can be a tough task, as vivid ingredients such as turmeric – a bright spice containing the yellow pigment, curcumin – have the power to stain clothing, surfaces, furniture, and table coverings. If you’re a fan of any kind of curry, from the ever-popular Durban curry to tikka masala, these vibrant spices make it incredibly useful to have some emergency stain removal strategies standing by.

The trick to most curry stain removal is to act fast! For example, if you’re cooking your curry from scratch and have spilled some dry turmeric powder, try lifting as much of the powder as possible with tape before getting it wet, straight away.

How to Remove Curry Stains from Surfaces

To tackle curry stains on kitchen tops, floors, or any other hard surface, first try swapping your regular kitchen top cleaner for a robust anti-bacterial spray. Check the label for proper instructions, but where possible leave the spray on for a few minutes before working at the stain with a cloth.

Alternatively, you can try to remove the stain with a homemade cleaning paste – just be sure to test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area, as these can be slightly abrasive.

  1. Mix water and bicarbonate of soda together to form a paste.

  2. Apply it to the stain, and rub gently with a soft cloth.

  3. Rinse with cool water and repeat as needed.

How to Get Curry Stains Out of Clothes

For those curry stains that find their way on to your clothes (particularly sleeves and laps), try these three effective, easy-to-apply solutions. Make sure to test any method on a small area first, and to follow the directions on the product’s label as well as on your garment’s care label.

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  • Laundry liquid. Good laundry liquids, like OMO Washing Detergent, can help treat tough stains. If you find a curry stain on your clothing, apply a bit of liquid OMO detergent directly on the stain and gently rub it in. You can also let the garment soak in a basin or sink in cold water with a bit more OMO liquid. Consider adding some fabric softener, such as COMFORT to counteract any strong smells. Then, wash the garment as usual.

  • As well as adding a mouth-watering zing to your bunny chow, lemon is a handy ally in the battle against curry stain removal. Simply slice a lemon in half, squeeze it onto the stain, and leave it for half an hour. Then, wash your garment normally, following the directions on the label of the laundry liquid.

How to Remove Curry Stains from Furniture

Having a curry night in the comfort of your own home often results in a few spillages and furniture stains. If possible, it’s best to remove any stained covers and launder them according to the manufacturer’s instructions, but if not, follow the steps below to leave couches or chairs looking their best again.

  1. Scrape off as much curry as possible from the stained area.

  2. Take a laundry liquid (we like OMO) and rub a small amount directly into the stain. Leave for a minute or so.

  3. Dab the mark gently with a cold wet cloth to flush out the stain.

  4. Rinse the cloth, and repeat until the stain has gone.

Alternatively, you can invest in a specialist furniture cleaner – just follow the instructions on the label. If you’re in a hurry, and can’t get hold of a liquid concentrate, you can also try this homemade cleaning solution:

  1. After carefully scraping the worst of the stain off the couch, mix together two cups of cold water, one tablespoon of a good quality washing up liquid, and one tablespoon of white vinegar.

  2. Apply the solution to the stain with a clean cloth.

  3. Soak up the excess liquid using a sponge.

  4. Repeat steps 3-4 until the stain is a bygone memory.

How to Remove Curry Stains from Table Coverings

As the most likely place to find curry stains, the humble tablecloth is the ultimate test for curry stain removal techniques. These stains are best tackled using a multi-pronged strategy incorporating several of the methods described above.

  1. Dip the sheet in lukewarm water.

  2. Apply a small amount of neat OMO Washing Detergent liquid.

  3. Rinse thoroughly with cold water.

  4. Rinse once more

  5. Add some fabric softener, such as COMFORT to counteract any strong smells

  6. Wash as normal.

Eating in a state of high alert isn’t fun for anyone. Luckily, with these tips you can enjoy a delicious curry and relax, knowing that you’re prepared for anything.

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* Act as soon as possible ­– the quicker you treat the stain, the easier it will be to remove.

  • A good quality laundry liquid like OMO Washing Detergent is ideal for pre-treating and washing clothes or furniture that are stained with curry.

  • Remember to test any stain removal method on a small, inconspicuous area of the stained item first to check there is no adverse reaction.

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