Holi is a major festival in India and around the world. This event is popular for friendly street fights, where participants throw coloured powder and spray water at each other. Almost always, everyone ends up covered in coloured pigments from head to toe.
Washing off these colours are usually easy, as most are made of natural plant-based compounds like tumeric, neem, dhak and kumkum. However, more people have been using commercial pigments in recent years, which may lead to hard-to-remove stains on clothes and skin.
If you're stuck with a stain after the recent Holi celebrations, fret not! Here are some ideas to help relieve or remove them.
If your clothes are white, try soaking them in non-chlorine bleach. You'll also want to wash and dry them separately, which prevents the colour from leeching on to other clothes.
Use White Vinegar
Prepare 2 to 3 liters of cold water, and add half a cup of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of Ariel in. The acid will pull the stain from your clothes, restoring it back to its original colour.
Use a clear ammonia-based spray-on window cleaner, and leave it there for about 15-20 minutes. After that, blot the stain with a clean cloth, and then rinse and wash as per normal.
The acid in lemon will help remove stains. Start by soaking the stain in lemon juice for 15 minutes, and then scrub gently with your hands. Wash as usual, but separate from the other clothes.
Methylated Spirits (Alcohol)
Rub some undiluted alcohol onto the stain and rinse thoroughly under running cold water. Wash as usual, and check if the stain is cleared.
More Tips Before You Go
Before you leave to find vinegar or lemon juice, here are a few more tips to take along with you.