You know that when you have turmeric in your life, it is inevitable that some powder or tea will get somewhere it shouldn’t. It’s a bummer. It happens to us all. The good news is you are not alone – so don’t beat yourself up about it. The bad news is, that it can be a real pain to remove!! (You should try making this stuff in bulk quantities! We are all a shade of yellow by the end of each session LOL.)
Seriously though, for us, a bit of Gumption paste on a soft scourer nearly always does the trick, but thanks to this incredibly helpful webpage https://www.thespruceeats.com/removing-turmeric-stains-1957694, there is a glimmer of hope for even those not blessed with Gumption. For those who are reluctant to click on random web links, here is the info below for you … you’re welcome 🙂
Cleaning Turmeric Stains on Clothing and Linens
You will want to act fast, treating it as soon as you notice you’ve spilled some on your clothing or kitchen linens. Ideally, you should treat the stain before it has a chance to dry out. As with most stains, hot water will cause it to set and should be avoided. Instead, get cool water and soap or laundry detergent. Dab the stain rather than rubbing it.
If you are in a restaurant or somewhere without access to laundry detergent, ask for lemon juice or a lemon and apply the juice to the stain for 15 minutes, then rinse. You can also apply an ice cube to the stain if you’re not able to pour water on it (and especially if you’re still wearing the item of clothing).
If the garment can tolerate bleach, soaking in a mild bleach solution is the best way to get the stain out. Otherwise, apply liquid detergent for 20 minutes or soak in a cool pre-soak bath with laundry detergent for 20 minutes.
After soaking, wash the stained clothes or kitchen linen immediately in cool water and soap. Dry in the sun and the stain will fade. Then wash the article again, and the stain should be gone. Further time allowing the garment or linens to sit in the sun will fade the stain.
Cleaning Turmeric Stains on Dishes and Countertops
Bleach or vinegar can be used to get stains out of plastic, glass, or glazed ceramic dishes and blender or food processor bowls. Use a 2 to 1 water to bleach ratios, such as 2 cups of hot water and 1 cup of bleach.
For countertops, you will need to check instructions for the type of material to ensure you are using something safe. A paste of baking soda and water is useful on most surfaces. Apply it to an inconspicuous area and let it sit for 15 minutes, then lightly scrub and wipe clean. Lemon juice or vinegar may also be used.