Hey there, curry lovers.
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve had a slight mishap in the kitchen and are now staring at a stubborn curry stain on your beloved white enamel pot.
No need to panic – we’ve all been there. Enamel pots look classy and are great for cooking, but when it comes to stains, especially those notorious curry ones, they can be a bit tricky.
Fret not! Here’s your foolproof guide to restoring your pot’s pristine white look.
Step 1: Act Fast
Curry stains become more stubborn as they sit. So, the moment you notice a spill or stain, try to clean it up immediately. This doesn’t mean you should interrupt your meal, but definitely tackle it soon after you’re done eating.
Step 2: Basic Wash
- Empty your pot and rinse out any leftover curry with cold water.
- Fill the pot with warm soapy water (using a mild dishwashing soap).
- Let it soak for about 10 minutes. This will loosen up the stain.
Step 3: Gentle Scrubbing
After soaking, gently scrub the stained area using a soft sponge or cloth. Avoid using steel wool or abrasive scrubbers, as these can scratch and damage the enamel surface.
Step 4: Baking Soda Magic
If the stain persists after your initial scrub:
- Empty the pot and rinse.
- Make a paste with baking soda and water (3:1 ratio works best).
- Apply the paste onto the stain and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes.
- After that, scrub gently using a sponge. The baking soda acts as a mild abrasive, helping to lift the stain without scratching the pot.
- Rinse well.
Step 5: Lemon Lift
For those particularly pesky stains:
- Cut a lemon in half.
- Dip the cut side into some salt.
- Gently rub the lemon (salt-side down) onto the stain. The acid from the lemon combined with the abrasive salt can help break down the stain.
- Rinse and wash as usual.
Step 6: Last Resort – White Vinegar
If you’ve tried the above steps and the stain is giving you a hard time:
- Fill your pot with a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar.
- Bring the solution to a simmer and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat, let it cool, and wash as usual.
Keep in mind that while these steps are effective, you may sometimes need to repeat or combine them for those super stubborn stains. Enamel pots are tough, but they also require tender love and care. With a bit of patience and persistence, your pot will be back to its sparkling white self in no time.
If you enjoyed this article, you may enjoy our guide on how to remove curry stains from your cloths, dishcloths & tablecloths.