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Tumeric Stains

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Does anyone know how to get turmeric stains out of a shirt?  If it makes a difference the shirt is blue so soaking it with bleach isn't an option.

post #2 of 11
Cellotape
As soon as you see a stain, put cellotape on it and then rip it off again. The grains will attach themsrlves to the tape. You might have tto do it a couple of times, each time with a clean piece of tape.
Other than that, there is only one solution: soak the whole shirt in a turmeric solution and pretend it is the new fashion:-)

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post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks I will have to try that but since I usually cook it in fat and water when I get spattered it soaks in pretty fast.

post #4 of 11

I'm afraid it's a lost case! Since ages, turmeric aka yellowroot, aka kurkuma is used for dying textiles. It's still used to color wool and other natural fibers to be used in handwoven carpets.

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Kind of what I thought.  For some reason I can never remember to change out of my dress shirt into an old t shirt before I try to cook with the stuff.

post #6 of 11

High time to put a few of these aprons on your Christmas list. I never cook before putting one of those things on. Not because I wanted to but because I was yelled at for all those stained shirts.

 

 (Picture from the web)

post #7 of 11

Check this video:

 

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post #8 of 11
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Never worn an actual apron but I have a chef's jacket that I specifically bought to protect my shirts.  I can just never remember to wear it or change into an old t shirt when I cook with turmeric or curry.

post #9 of 11
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Interesting video. I am not sure how colour safe my shirts are but bleach might be worth trying if the shirt is already ruined.

post #10 of 11

Turmeric is light sensitive so if you just leave your shirt out in sunlight for long enough it will fade.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turmeric#Dye

http://margaret.healthblogs.org/life-with-myeloma/discovery-of-curcumin/getting-rid-of-curcumin-stains/

post #11 of 11

Once the stain is dried out, it's virtually impossible to remove it completely. Indeed, turmeric colors do fade in time, just like most of the colors obtained with natural ingredients like onion peel (light brown color), cochenille (red color) made from caterpillars living on cactus etc. Fading colors is one of the most wanted aspects of Persian and other hand woven carpets. The colors never go away but go very soft in time, something that chemical colors don't do at all.

 

BTW, cochenille from caterpillars was once used to color Campari...

The procedure for making cochenille is easy; collect the caterpillars, dry them in the sun and grind into a powder, done. 

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