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How to Remove Turmeric Stains

Last updated on September 25, 2011

How to Remove Turmeric StainsCooking with turmeric is great because it adds a unique flavor to many dishes and it has so many health benefits. If you use it on a regular basis, then you need to know how to remove turmeric stains because it can discolor your clothing and any other porous material that it comes in contact with, including your skin.

Turmeric Stains on the Counter
Cooking with turmeric can stain countertops during the preparation process. If you get turmeric stains on your counter, use a gritty cleaner with bleach such as Comet. Or you can make your own countertop cleaner with baking soda and a little bit of water. Scrub the area, rinse it down and then repeat the process as many times as necessary until the stains are gone. Another cleaning tool that is good on countertops is the Magic Eraser sponge that can be found in most grocery store cleaning aisles.

If your kitchen tile is stained with turmeric the best way to clean it is with a weak bleach solution or any other household cleaner designed for that specific surface.

Turmeric Stains on Clothing
If turmeric stains your clothing, treat the spot as quickly as possible. Start by rinsing the stained area with water and then apply liquid dish soap to the stain and let it sit for half an hour. Next, rinse the stain and then apply a little bit of white vinegar to help get rid of the residual color.

You may also try rubbing the stain with a cut lemon and then allow the fabric to sit in the sun for awhile until the stain fades. After the stain has been treated, wash the clothing with a quality laundry detergent. After the washing cycle, check the stain to see if it needs to be treated again, but don’t dry the clothing until the stain is completely gone.

Turmeric Stains on Skin
If you get turmeric on your skin, either by accident or because you’re using turmeric as a skin treatment, try rubbing an oil such as olive oil or castor oil into the skin and rubbing it with a warm cloth. You might also try using a mild alcohol-based astringent on the stained area of skin. If the stain is stubborn and won’t come off right away, don’t worry, it’s not permanent! Keep washing the area and rubbing it with oil and it will fade away in a few days.

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