How to Remove a Tumeric Stain

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How to Remove a Tumeric Stain
Turmeric is a bright yellow spice used to flavour Indian and Asian dishes. (various spice bowls image by Martin Garnham from

Turmeric is a yellow, aromatic spice used commonly in Indian cuisine to flavour curries and other traditional dishes. Turmeric is a natural dying agent and will readily stain hands, plastic dishes, clothes and carpets if given the chance. Turmeric is also a major ingredient in yellow mustard, so mustard stains should be treated as turmeric stains first and foremost. Turmeric can be very stubborn, with the best chance of completely removing the stain is if you act fast while the stain is still fresh.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Paper towel
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon
  • Oxygen stain remover
  • Washing powder
  • Soda water/lemonade
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Bleach

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  1. 1

    Apply liquid detergent directly to the stain, holding a folded piece of paper towel on the underside of the stain to avoid it spreading. Apply some water with another piece of paper towel and dab at the stain to lift the colour. Let sit for 30 minutes.

  2. 2

    Rinse the stain with cool water. Apply a small amount of white vinegar to the stain and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse out.

  3. 3

    Apply fresh lemon juice to the stain, which will be significantly lighter by now, and let dry in the sun. The lemon and sunshine will lighten the stain further, but there may be a pinkish mark remaining. If there is still some stain showing, repeat the vinegar and lemon treatment once more.

  4. 4

    Apply an oxygen-powered stain remover to the stain, then wash the fabric with normal washing powder and dry as per usual.


  1. 1

    Pour soda water of lemonade directly onto the stained carpet and blot if with a piece of paper towel.

  2. 2

    Blot the stained area with a paper towel to lift the stain from the carpet until the carpet feels dry.

  3. 3

    Repeat with the soda water and blotting until stain is lightened and then apply a carpet cleaning agent to the stain and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for soaking/drying times.

    Plastic Containers

  1. 1

    Mix a sink-full of bleach and water solution at a 1:3 ratio of bleach to water.

  2. 2

    Sit the plastic containers in the bleach solution for 30 minutes, then rinse them in running water thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Clean as per normal with liquid dish detergent. If there are any stubborn stains, repeat the bleach soak with a slightly stronger bleach solution. Wash again as normal and let dry.

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