How to Remove Curry Stains from Clothes, Tablecloths, and Dishcloths: Your Easy Step-by-Step Guide

Hey there, curry lover. It’s a universal truth – delicious curry dishes sometimes spill and leave their marks, not just in our memories but on our favorite fabrics too.

Whether it’s a favorite shirt, an heirloom tablecloth, or a handy dishcloth, those golden-yellow stains can feel like a daunting challenge. But, with the right approach, you can wave goodbye to those pesky curry spills.

Here’s your trusty guide!

Step 1: Quick Response

As with many stains, the faster you address a curry spill, the better the outcome.

  1. Gently blot (don’t rub!) the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb as much of the spill as possible.
  2. Turn the fabric inside out, letting water run through the back of the stain. This helps push the curry out of the fabric instead of driving it deeper in.

Step 2: Pre-treat the Stain

  1. Apply a few drops of liquid laundry detergent directly to the stain.
  2. Gently rub the detergent into the stain with your fingers or use a soft brush.
  3. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

Step 3: Dish Soap and Cold Water

If you don’t have laundry detergent handy:

  1. Mix a few drops of dish soap in cold water.
  2. Dab onto the stain using a cloth or sponge.
  3. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes.

Step 4: Baking Soda Boost

For stubborn stains:

  1. Make a paste using baking soda and water.
  2. Apply the paste onto the stain, leaving it for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Gently scrub the stain with a soft brush or cloth.
  4. Rinse thoroughly.

Step 5: Check Before Drying

After treating the stain, wash the fabric as you normally would, following care label instructions. Before you dry the item, check the stain. If it’s still visible, repeat the treatment. Drying can set the stain, making it harder to remove.

Step 6: Lemon Sunshine

Nature’s bleach!

  1. Stretch the stained area over a bowl or basin.
  2. Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the stain.
  3. Let it sit for a while, then rinse with cold water. For an added boost, you can let the fabric sit in the sun after applying the lemon juice.

Final Thoughts:

There’s no need to sacrifice style (or your love of curry) due to a little spill. With these steps in your back pocket, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle any curry stain that comes your way.

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