How to remove curry stains from white cotton

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How to remove curry stains from white cotton
Curry stains are one of the most difficult to remove. (Dinner curry image by Rose from

Curry is fast becoming one of the world's favourite takeout and home cooked foods. The tannins in the curry paste produce stains which are difficult to remove, and these are especially noticeable on white cotton garments. Stains should be tackled as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage.

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Things you need

  • Glycerine
  • Washing powder
  • Hydrogen peroxide

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  1. 1

    Dip the white cotton garment in lukewarm water to remove most of the curry stain.

  2. 2

    Mix a solution of equal parts of water and glycerine and rub into the stain. Glycerine is a gelling agent contained in food items like ice cream. It is available at local grocery stores and supermarkets.

  3. 3

    Rinse the white cotton garment in cold water. Ensure the glycerine solution is washed away.

  4. 4

    Soak the garment in a bowl containing a solution of hydrogen peroxide. Leave the garment to soak for 30 minutes.

  5. 5

    Rinse the garment with cold water and wash as normal with washing powder on a hot wash.

Tips and warnings

  • The process may need to be repeated to completely remove the curry stain.
  • Do not rub the stain when trying to remove. Always blot stubborn stains.

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