How to Get Rid of Turmeric Stains

From helping you revive your pretty tablecloth, carpet or sofa to your brand new white shirt, these tricks show how to say goodbye to those stubborn turmeric stains.

Annabelle D’Costa

Turmeric is great for curries and your glass of golden milk, but when it drips on your white shirt, or leaves an ugly stain on your pretty floral tablecloth, it breaks your heart. From your fingers, plastic dishes and countertops to your carpets and white linens – turmeric is notorious for leaving its mark on whatever it comes in contact with. Getting rid of the unwanted yellow stains is tough, but not impossible. We tell you how.   


This natural ingredient can be used in removing turmeric stains from your fabrics, containers and also kitchen countertops. Make a solution of two parts water and one part vinegar. You could also throw in two teaspoons of dish soap at this stage or simply save it for later use. Soak your stained containers overnight in this concoction and in the morning wash with some liquid soap and water. For your carpets, sofas or clothes, simply rinse the stained area with hot water and then use liquid soap and let sit for some time. Later, rinse the stain and directly pour some vinegar to say bye-bye to that residual stain. 


When life gives you lemons, use them to get rid of those stubborn yellow stains with them. A natural bleaching agent, its acidic properties can help you revive your favourite cloth or pretty carpet. After washing the stained area with soap and water, directly rub a freshly cut lemon over it and then dry in the sun. Wash the carpet, cloth or linen as you normally would. You might have to repeat this process several times to completely get rid of the yellow, but it’ll be worth all the trouble and time. 


Apply liquid or dry detergent along with some water directly over the stained area and rub gently. If the stain is persistent and doesn’t seem to fade, leave it to soak for around 20 to 30 minutes and later rinse the affected area. Wash as you normally would and let sun-dry. You may have to do this several times in case the stain is persistent. However, be careful to not scrub too hard as you may end up doing more harm than good.  


Used in making soaps and other cleaning agents, when used the right way, it can help cut through those stubborn yellow stains. Using a spoon, carefully scoop out residual curry or turmeric. You might want to use a blotting paper to completely absorb the liquid. Next, coat the stained area with a generous amount of glycerin and let it sit for a good one hour or so. Be careful to not spread the stain while removing the excess glycerin with a paper towel. Next, wash the clothing item separately in a washing machine and let naturally dry in the sun. 


If your glass bowls, food processors, blenders, or juicers get a dull turmeric hue, be quick to treat them with a mild bleach solution. Simply soak your stained crockery in a 2-to-1 warm water-to-bleach solution overnight, and in the morning wash with some dish soap and water. In case of clothes, be careful to only soak whites. 


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