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How to get rid of turmeric stains

Updated February 21, 2017

Turmeric, also known as curcumin, is the primary ingredient in curry. Its distinct flavour and vibrant yellow hue are popular in many Asian dishes and sauces. In fact, turmeric is also used to add colour and flavour to some condiments. If turmeric comes in contact with upholstery, clothing or even your plastic ware, it can leave a yellow stain. Thankfully, there are options when you need to get rid of turmeric stains.

Cleaning upholstery

Mix 475 ml (two cups) of cool water with 18 ml (one tablespoon) of white vinegar and 18 ml (one tablespoon) of liquid dish soap.

Place a clean cloth in your vinegar mixture, then set the wet cloth on the stain. Blot the stain every five minutes with your cloth and more of your vinegar mixture.

Sponge the stain with cool water and blot it until the stain disappears. If it persists, continue.

Put a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a sponge and blot the stain until it disappears. Use water after you use the rubbing alcohol to remove the stain.

Cleaning clothing

Buy liquid glycerine at your local pharmacy, and rub a few drops onto the turmeric stain on your clothes.

Wash your clothing as usual in the washing machine.

Check to make sure the stain is gone before you put your stained clothing in the dryer. If the stain persists, treat it with a few more drops of liquid glycerine, then repeat the wash.

Cleaning work surfaces

Spray a disinfectant cleaner with bleach on the stained area.

Allow it to sit for a few minutes so it can absorb the stain.

Wipe the cleaner off the counter with a damp cloth.

Rinse the area with water to remove the rest of the stain, if there's any left.

Cleaning plastic dishes

Allow your plastic dishes to soak a solution of 120 ml (half a cup) of liquid bleach to 4.5 litres (one gallon) of water. Let them sit for at least 30 minutes.

Run warm water over your dishes, then wash them with soap and water to rinse the bleach solution off of your dishes.

Soak your dishes again in a stronger bleach solution if the stain persists until the stain is gone.

Cleaning carpet

Mix 475 ml (two cups) of warm water with 18 ml (one tablespoon) of white vinegar and 18 ml (one tablespoon) of liquid dish soap.

Apply a small amount of mixture on the stain, blotting it frequently with a dry cloth until the stain is gone. If the stain persists, try a different mixture.

Combine 475 ml (two cups) of warm water with 6 ml (one teaspoon) of liquid dish soap and 18 ml (one tablespoon) of ammonia.

Soak up some of this mixture into a clean, dry cloth, then set the wet cloth on your carpet stain.

Let it sit on the stain for at least 30 minutes. Add more solution and blot the stain every five minutes until the stain disappears.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Liquid glycerine
  • Disinfectant cleaner with bleach
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
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Kristan Hart is an award-winning journalist in Springfield, Mo., who provides SEO web copy as a freelance writer/editor. She has a decade of experience and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications with an emphasis in broadcasting.