How to get turmeric stains out

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How to get turmeric stains out
Turmeric may be delicious, but it can leave a nasty stain. (Getty Creative)

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.

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Things you need

  • Liquid glycerine
  • Water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • White cloth
  • Sponge
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach

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Instructions

    Clothing

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Rinse the stain with cold water.

  3. 3

    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

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

    Upholstery

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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