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Removing Food & Cooking Stains: How to Remove Oil, Turmeric & Tea Stains from Clothes

Our cuisine is full of bright colours and amazing flavours, but the mixture of vibrant coloured spices and bright vegetable bases can also create some difficult stains! Even if we’re careful, oil and tomato splatters always seem to find their way on to clothes, and they can be difficult to lift without a good quality stain remover and Surf excel detergent. 

Here are some great tips for removing oil, turmeric, and tea stains from clothing from Surf excel.  

How to Remove Oil Stains from Clothes

Fried snacks like batata vada and bhajis are delicious, but oily stains can be a nightmare to remove! The trick is to try to lift as much of the oil from the garment before even thinking about washing it. Here are some methods you might like to try:

  • Use a clean cloth to blot the stain. As tempting as it is, don’t wipe the stain, as this could cause the oil to spread.
  • Sprinkle the stain with an absorbent powder. Cornmeal, baking soda, or regular flour are all good choices. Leave the powder on the stain for 10 minutes and you should see the powder become discoloured as the excess liquid is absorbed.
  • Apply undiluted Surf excel detergent or stain remover to the stain, and gently massage. For stubborn stains, you could also try liquid dish wash, although it isn’t suitable for use on delicate materials.

Let the detergent sit for 10 minutes before moving onto the washing stage. When you’re ready to wash your oil-stained clothes, the trick is to use very hot water. The heat of the water essentially works to melt the oil, removing it from the fibres.

With items like saris, and silk garments, however, it’s important to check any care labels first, as washing fabrics like these in too high a temperature can be damaging.    

How to Remove Turmeric Stains

Turmeric is a staple of almost all curry sauces, and while it gives a lovely, warm, orangey-yellow colour to a dish, it also has the same effect on clothing! Acids in many detergents react with turmeric, simply turning the stain red rather than removing it. One excellent way to tackle this type of stain is to apply a mild bleaching agent before washing, or try these alternatives:

  • Use a spoon or other suitable tool to remove as much of the spillage as possible. This will make it easier to remove the underlying stain.
  • Squeeze the juice of a fresh lime or lemon onto the stain. This works as a natural, mild bleach and can pre-treat the stain before washing. Alternatively, apply some white vinegar, as this will have the same effect. These methods are ideal if you’re out at a restaurant and don’t have access to cleaning products.
  • Apply Surf excel or liquid dish wash directly to the stain and let it sit , before washing the garment as normal with Surf excel.    

How to Remove Tea Stains from Clothing

Whether you make your own chai , use a pre-made mix, or enjoy a cup at a local tea house, the results of an accidental spillage are the same – a horrible brown stain on your clothing that’s difficult to remove.

Use white vinegar or a clear, carbonated drink to lift most of the stain, before leaving to soak in a bowl of very hot water and laundry detergent for a few hours – preferably overnight. After soaking, wash the garment as normal with your preferred Surf excel product.

Do you have any stain removal advice that you’d like to share? Let us know by leaving a comment!