How to Remove Turmeric Stains


Turmeric is a common ingredient in curry and other Indian dishes. This deep-orange spice can leave orange or reddish stains on clothes or kitchen linens if spilled. If you launder them as usual, a pink, permanently set stain will result, ruining the fabric. You can remove turmeric stains if you act before washing---the quicker the better. Common cleaning items and things from your pantry work best.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish detergent Vinegar Lemon Cloth
  • Rub liquid dish detergent into the stain and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Rinse the stain with cool water.

  • Apply vinegar to the stain, which has now faded to a pale pink or yellowish-orange color. Blot the stain with a clean cloth.

  • Rub the cut side of a lemon onto the stain if it is still visible. Set the stain in the sun for 10 minutes to an hour until the stain fades completely or becomes faint.

  • Wash the stained item with your favorite laundry detergent according to the manufacturer's instructions. Check to see that the stain is gone before placing it in the dryer.

  • Clean it once more with liquid dish detergent if the stain is still visible, and wash it again. Dry as usual once the stain has disappeared.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use an oxygenated bleach to remove turmeric from carpets and upholstery. Rub lemon carbonated soda such as Sprite into turmeric stains on furniture and carpet to remove them.
  • Lemon juice and sun can bleach out colors from fabric, so check the item often to insure the fabric isn't fading.

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