Remember that you must clean the utensil as soon as possible as the longer turmeric stains sit, the harder it becomes to remove them. Here are six ways to remove turmeric stains without ruining your utensils.
It is easy to identify turmeric because of its bright yellow colour. It adds a lovely hue and earthy flavour to your curries and pulaos but it can also leave your kitchen utensils tainted and stained. Be it your blenders, plastic jars or pan, turmeric tends to leave its imprints everywhere. If you’re not careful, you may accidentally end up staining the linen or the kitchen table top. Turmeric can cause stubborn stains but there’s a way out. Remember that you must clean the utensil as soon as possible as the longer turmeric stains sit, the harder it becomes to remove them.
Here are six ways to remove turmeric stains without ruining your utensils.
1. Lemon juice or white vinegar
Acidic ingredients such as lime juice and white vinegar work really well in cleaning turmeric stained utensils. These are especially useful if you don’t want to ruin the natural colour of the vessel. Make a solution with two cups hot water and one-cup of lime juice or vinegar and soak your utensil in it overnight. The acid in these ingredients helps in pulling up the stains which can be removed and cleaned the next morning. Lime juice also helps in removing turmeric stains from your finger nails and hands. Just rub your hands with it and the wash gently.
Acidic ingredients such as lime juice and white vinegar work really well
2. Baking soda
Baking soda is the hero in your kitchen and it can be used for so many things besides making your cake rise. Make a paste with baking soda and water and apply it all over the stained area. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes and then scrub it off with warm water. This works really well for kitchen counter tops too.
Baking soda is the hero in your kitchen and it can be used for so many things
3. Corn Starch
If you’ve accidentally spilled some curry with turmeric on the table cover or table mats, rub some corn starch or flour over the yellow stain. This will help in drawing out the oil. Later, wash the cloth with lukewarm water and gentle detergent.
Corn starch will help in drawing out the oil
Make a solution with ¼ cup glycerine, two cups water and ¼ cup liquid soap. Dab the mixture on stained areas and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is chemical compound which is available in the form of pale blue liquid. It is great for removing turmeric stains from your kitchen table top and even helps in disinfecting it. Just a few drops are enough to do the work. Similarly, liquid chlorine bleach also does the job.
This may sound a bit strange, but it works. Use any of the above methods to clean your utensil and then leave it out in the sun to dry for few days. The heat of the sun is known to make the colour of turmeric fade away.
The heat of the sun is known to make the colour of turmeric fad away.
Now, use turmeric without any fear and make the most of this lovely spice. While storing turmeric, use ceramic or porcelain jars as glass will get stained. Make sure you always wear an apron while using turmeric as it can be a bit tough to remove turmeric stains from fabric.