How to remove curry stains
Known for its fiery flavour and rich, creamy sauce, curry is a favourite for many Asian dishes. However, curry stain removal can be a tough task, as vivid ingredients such as turmeric – a bright spice containing the yellow pigment, curcumin – has the tendency to stain fabrics and furniture.
If you need to fix an unfortunate curry stain in a rush, here are some tips to save the day.
Removing curry stains on surfaces
To tackle curry stains on kitchen tops, floors, or any other hard surface, first try swapping your regular kitchen top cleaner for a robust anti-bacterial spray. Check the label for proper instructions, but where possible leave the spray on for a few minutes before working at the stain with a cloth.Alternatively, you can try to remove the stain with a homemade cleaning paste – just be sure to test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area, as these can be slightly abrasive.
Removing curry stains from fabrics
For those curry stains that find their way on to your clothes (particularly sleeves and laps), try these three effective, easy-to-apply solutions. Make sure to test any method on a small area first, and to follow the directions on the product’s label as well as on your garment’s care label.
Removing curry stains from furniture
Having a curry night in the comfort of your own home often results in a few spillages and furniture stains. If possible, it’s best to remove any stained covers and launder them according to the manufacturer’s instructions, but if not, follow the steps below to leave sofas looking their best again.
If you’re in a hurry, and can’t get hold of a biological detergent, you can also try this homemade cleaning solution:
Removing curry stains from tablecloths and coverings
As the most likely place to find curry stains, the humble tablecloth is the ultimate test for curry stain removal techniques. These stains are best tackled using a multi-pronged strategy incorporating several of the methods described above.
Eating in a state of high alert isn’t fun for anyone. Luckily, with these tips you can enjoy a delicious curry and relax, knowing that you’re prepared for anything.
Finding the right laundry detergent is very dependent on several factors, including the type of garments and washer. Laundry detergent can remove dirt and stains from your clothing, and leave your laundry smelling great and looking brighter. There are a range of detergent types available - liquid, powder and detergent pods. This guide will help you choose the right detergent to clean your laundry efficiently in no time.
Liquid detergent is very effective on food, grease or oil stains. It can double as a stain pretreat as well, because of it's liquid form. Choose this if you do a lot of spot-treating, and removing stains on a regular basis. Depending on the setting of your water temperature, if you use cold wash settings most often liquid detergent is your best bet as powders do not always dissolve properly at lower temperatures.
Powder detergent is ideal for general wash day loads and is effective in lifting out every day stains as well as ground-in dirt. If you are unsure about what to use for daily washing, this is it. If a majority of your family's wash load consists of stains of the outdoor and every day variety, a powder detergent is an excellent choice.
Detergents come with all sorts of scents, and you'll be spoilt for choice. But watch out if you have sensitive skin, because fragrances are common skin allergens. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are loaded with fragrance and should be avoided too. To remove all detergent residue from washed clothing, rinse your clothes twice and avoid loading up the washing machine
High-Efficiency Detergent for High-Efficiency Washers
If you have a high-efficiency washing machine you should use a high-efficiency (HE) detergent. This produce fewer suds and make it easier to rinse out the soap. You can always buy HE detergent for any washing machine but do not buy standard detergent for an HE washing machine.
You Need Less Than You Think
Many people overuse their laundry detergent, since a small amount can be used for quite a large load. If you pack your washing machine too full, you also run the risk of trapping detergent on your clothing.
In the end, it's easy to make a choice despite the range of options. If you need a detergent for sensitive skin, buy one. If you need stain-lifting power, look for the one with that label. Just remember not to overuse it and your laundry will come out nice and fresh.
And if all else fails... check your machine manual to see what is recommended.
While laundry is an essential part of our daily lives, it's a skill we pick up over time. For some of us, that means learning the bad habits of cleaning our garments, whether we realise it or not.
This article looks at five common mistakes we make when sending our garments to the laundromat, and explains the right way to go about washing our clothes.
1. Wash clothes inside out
The washing process in a washing machine is generally an abrasive process, as all sorts of fabrics and colours rub against each other. To protect against colour loss and damage to zippers, buttons and pockets, turn your clothes inside out before throwing them into the washing machine.
2. Overloading your washing machine
Stuffing your washing machine too full will increase the wear and tear of your fabrics, and cause rivets, zips and stitches to break. Instead, you garments should be free to move around during the washing cycle, and shouldn't come out of the washing machine in a tangled knot.
3. Choosing the wrong cycle
Not all fabrics can endure a warm wash in your washing machine. For new clothes and fabrics, you can reduce the wear and tear by machine washing them in cold water with a gentle spin. After that, dry them separately with other gentle fabrics in a dryer at low temperature.
4. Use a single type of detergent for everything
While general purpose detergents are able to clean most clothes, they do not work optimally with certain types of fabrics. For instance, some detergents are formulated to preserve dark colours, and likewise for whitening detergents. Using the right detergent in your washing cycle can keep your clothes looking new for a long time.
5. Leaving clothes in the dryer for too long
If you leave your clothes in the dryer for too long, fabrics shrink and get over-dried. To reduce damage to them, take them out slightly damp and stretch them out to dry naturally on a hangar. If, even after tumbling on a low temperature and gentle cycle, you still see a lot of lint on the fabric, you may want to switch to line drying to preserve your clothes.
By correcting these five bad laundry habits, you're taking the first step to fresher and better looking clothes. It's well worth the effort, especially since the washing machine is already saving you a lot of time anyway!
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