How to Get Turmeric Stains Out of Anything
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So you made a batch of turmeric tea to chase away a cold and poured the golden mixture into a favorite, pale-colored mug. Or you served turmeric soup in a white bowl, or wiped up a slick of curry with a light dish towel, or peeled fresh turmeric for a smoothie. And now your linens, your dishes, your countertop, and your hands all match your recipe: gold. Fresh or dried and ground, turmeric will stain just about anything, and quickly and stubbornly, but take a deep breath—it’s going to be okay.
The most important step in this (and any) stain removal is to stop what you’re doing and act quickly. You’ve got the best chance to reverse the damage within the first drop of a Thai flat noodle on your shirt. With a little elbow grease and a few household ingredients, that stain’ll be out of there in no time.
This is your go-to method for plastic, glass, or glazed ceramics. Stained lunch containers don’t stand a chance.
Soak the stained vessel in a 2-to-1 hot water-to-bleach solution. For example, a stained mug should be filled with 2/3 cup hot water and have 1/3 cup bleach added. If you’re hesitant to use bleach, use pure white vinegar.
Let the solution soak in the dish overnight.
Wash with soap and water. (This is also a good way to get traces of turmeric-yellow out of your food processor, blender, or juicer!)
Countertops Four Ways
Most of these methods are safe for natural stone countertops, but can be a bit abrasive, so be careful not to scuff them up as you go. If you’re unsure about experimenting with such an expensive item in your home, this is a great reference.