Curry is a delicious spicy food, but it contains a zesty peppery spice called turmeric that can create yellow stains on your clothing as soon as it touches them. If you’re going to make your clothing look like new, you have to act fast to get rid of these stubborn stains.
Types of Curry and Spice Stains
Whether you’re dealing with a stain from dried turmeric, curry or chilli, you have to act fast to get rid of the stain. The first thing you need to consider, however, is where the stain is. Turmeric stains hard surfaces and upholstery just as easily as it does your clothing. For stains on your clothes, however, you can follow these steps.
Removing Curry and Spice Stains: Step by Step
- Act fast. Turmeric stains set quickly and are almost impossible to get rid of once they set.
- Choose a Dynamo Professional detergent from the Liquids range
- Pre-treat the stain if necessary by applying your detergent and gently rubbing it into the stained area.
- Wash the clothing in the hottest temperature possible for the fabric
- Check the stain
Choose the Detergent
When removing turmeric stains, opt for a detergent that works well for both the fabric type and colour of your laundry. Dynamo Professional should be fine for use on most fabrics, but always ready the instructions and your laundry item’s care label. For fine fabrics, we recommend a sensitive detergent.
Pre-Treat the Stain
Act fast and apply your Dynamo Professional Liquid detergent directly to the turmeric stain. Rub it gently into the fabric and let sit it for just a few minutes, then do the wash.
Wash and Rinse
If you’ve chosen the spot treatment method, toss the clothing into the washing machine without rinsing it off. Use the ‘heavily soiled’ dosage of your chosen detergent, wash the fabric in the hottest temperature that is safe for it according to the garment label.
Check the Stain
Check to see if the stain is gone before drying the clothing. If it isn’t, soak your stained clothing it in a solution of warm water and your selected detergent for a couple of hours. In order to boost the stain removal increase the dosage and select an intensive and pro-longed program of your washer for the following wash.
Getting Curry and Spice Stains Out of Special Laundry Types and Fabrics
To get a curry stain out of a shirt or pair of pants, the steps above typically work well. However, if the stain is on your tablecloth, sheets or upholstery, always check the garment label to make sure the fabric is washable. They may require spot treatment. If this is the case, pretreat the area, then flush with warm water and blot dry. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
For delicate fabrics, like wool, silk and linen, always hand wash using a sensitive detergent to avoid damaging the fibers.
Special Detergents for Curry and Spice Stains
A traditional way to remove turmeric stains that are in liquid form, like with chilli and curry, is to absorb as much of the liquid as possible prior to pre-treating. If you’re working with a colourfast fabric, use a bleach containing detergent to cope with that kind of stain.
Removing Curry and Spice Stains From White and Yellow Clothing
In most cases, the steps above can help you get rid of curry and spice stains on white and yellow clothing. However, if they are stubborn, you may need to soak the clothing in a mixture of your selected detergent and warm water before pre-treating and washing.
Accidentally miss your mouth while enjoying some zesty curry? Act fast and get rid of those turmeric stains with these steps.