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How to get turmeric stains out

Updated February 21, 2017

Turmeric is a main ingredient in mustard, curry and many other Indian dishes. The main ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, gives it a bright yellow colour. Turmeric stains are notoriously stubborn and difficult to remove. Your best chance to successfully get yellow turmeric stains out of fabrics and carpet is to treat the stain as soon as possible.

Clothing

Apply a few drops of liquid glycerine to the stain and rub it in with your finger. Let it sit for about five minutes.

Rinse the stain with cold water.

Wash in the washing machine on the hottest setting that is safe for the fabric. Also add bleach that is safe for your garment.

Carpet

Add 18 ml (1 tbsp) of liquid dish soap to 480 ml (2 cups) of warm water and mix.

Dip a clean, white cloth into the cleaning solution and dab the stain.

Blot the stain until all the liquid is absorbed. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the stain is lifted.

Upholstery

Add 18 ml (1 tbsp) of liquid dish soap to 480 ml (2 cups) of cold water.

Dip a clean, white cloth into the cleaning solution and dab the stain.

Blot the stain until all the liquid is absorbed. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the stain is lifted.

Wet a sponge with clean, cold water and dab the area. Then blot it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Tip

If the liquid dish soap mixture does not completely remove the stain from your carpet, mix 18 ml (1 tbsp) of ammonia with 480 ml (2 cups) of warm water and dab the stain with the mixture. Once the stain is removed, wet a sponge with cold water and dab the area to remove the ammonia. Then blot it dry with a dry cloth.

Warning

Mixing ammonia and chlorine bleach will produce hazardous fumes.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid glycerine
  • Water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • White cloth
  • Sponge
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
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After accidentally stumbling into a journalism class at University of North Texas, Abby Vaun has been writing ever since. She honed her skills writing for "The Dallas Morning News" and as a copy editor for Earle Palmer Brown in New York City. From Dallas to New York to L.A., she has enjoyed freelancing for 10 years and expanding her knowledge through her profession.