Of all the delicious cuisines in the world, India’s is the last one you want spilled on your clothes. Thanks to turmeric, an antioxidant-packed root ground into a powdered spice used in many Indian dishes! A regular wash and spin won’t do it, even on “heavily soiled.” You’ll be left with basically the same stain. The compound responsible for turmeric’s fierce pigmentation, curcumin, isn’t water soluble, so forget the old dab-it-out or even the club soda and salt trick. So how on this earth are you supposed to get that stubborn stain out? Read on to know how:

REMOVE TURMERIC STAINS FROM CLOTHESVINEGAR

Vinegar can be used in removing turmeric stains from fabric. For using vinegar, rinse the stained area with water and then use liquid soap and allow setting. Rinse the stain and then apply vinegar to remove the residual stain

LEMON

The stained area needs to be rubbed with lemon and then dried in the sun till the stain fades. Then, wash the clothes in a normal washing cycle. This process needs to be repeated in removing stains from fabric.

DIRECT SUNLIGHT

Exposing the stained area to sunlight can help with turmeric stain removal. After regular wash, place the fabric in direct sunlight and wait for a few hours. While this might not get rid of the stain completely, it will oxidise the stain, at which point you can start another attempt at getting rid of the stubborn stain. Do not try this on delicate fabrics.

GLYCERINE

Glycerine products are used in removing turmeric stains from fabric. This can be used by flattening the fabric and rubbing glycerine on the stained area. Allow it to set for about an hour, and then wash in a normal cycle.

DRY DETERGENT

This method can be used for both colour and whites. Rub the stain with a dry detergent bar and allow it to set in the stain. Once the detergent sets in, rinse it and dry it out.