The mixture of turmeric and oil leaves a bright, hard-to-remove stain that is annoying. There are many recipes that you can use at home, but depending on the composition of your particular mustard, you may need to try a few of them. It is much easier to remove stains from clothes than from upholstery or carpet, because clothes can be thoroughly washed in a washing machine or bowl.
Method 1 of 3: Wiping Mustard Stains from Clothes
Step 1. Soak a fresh stain
Immediately press a clean, dry towel over the stain. Turn the towel over to the clean side when it has absorbed some of the blot. Use an absorbent cloth, such as a terrycloth or just a paper towel.
Step 2. Clean off any dried mustard residue
Use a butter knife or other cutlery to remove excess mustard. Only remove dried residues, never wet, otherwise you will only rub the stain. Then, shake the clothes to remove dried mustard particles so that they do not form new stains during washing.
Step 3. Rinse under cold running water
Keep the stain under a stream of cold water to rinse off as much of the mustard as possible. Also rinse the garment upside down, that is, the reverse side of the stain. This way, residues are washed off rather than hammered into the fabric.
Step 4. Apply powder or stain remover to the stain
Use any commercial stain remover that does not contain ammonia. Liquid laundry detergent, like plain soap, is a good alternative. Rub the soap in gently to avoid rubbing the stain further.
- Ammonia reacts with turmeric, an ingredient that gives the mustard a yellow tint and eats in even more color. Therefore, you need to check the composition of purchased cleaning products so as not to accidentally use the product with ammonia.
- If you are not sure if your clothes can be washed, rub powder into a small piece of cloth and then rinse it off. If the detergent has affected the color or quality of the material, you may be better off using a different method.
Step 5. Add the bleach to the washing machine or bowl
If the stained item is white, you can use chlorine bleach to remove the stain easily. If the clothes are colored, then you need to use bleach that retains the color to prevent your clothes from dulling and becoming covered with white dots; bleach is less effective at removing stains, but you might be in luck.
Typically, bleach is added to a separate compartment from the powder in the detergent dispenser. If your top-loading machine does not have one, or if you are washing by hand, pour bleach directly into the machine or bowl. Add 1 part bleach to 30 parts water, or ½ cup (120 ml) bleach per normal wash amount
Step 6. Wash white knits in hot water and delicate items in warm or cold water
The hotter the water, the better stains are removed. However, hot water can ruin delicate fabrics, and light-colored clothing can shed and stain other items in the machine. The garment label must indicate the maximum allowable washing temperature. If you are still in doubt, simply wash delicate items in cold water.
Wash the item as soon as possible after you apply the detergent to the stain. If the stain remover stays on the stain for too long, it will be even more difficult to remove
Step 7. Check if the stain has been removed before proceeding
Do not dry the item until you are sure the stain is gone. It can eat even more if you dry it. If the stain is still visible, skip to the section on stubborn stains before drying. If the stain has disappeared, then simply dry the clothes.
Method 2 of 3: Removing stains from furniture and carpets
Step 1. Clean off any dried mustard residue
Use a spoon or other utensil to scrape off any mustard residue from the upholstery or carpet. Try to remove fresh mustard from the stained area and not smudge it further. It may be convenient to do this with a butter knife.
Step 2. Dissolve a mild cleaning agent in water
Take a glass of warm water (240 ml) and stir in 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of mild detergent. Don't use harsh products like bleach, baking soda, or baking soda.
Step 3. Leave the solution on the stain for 5-10 minutes
Using a sponge or towel, apply the mixture to the mustard stain. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes to allow the material to absorb the cleaning agent.
Step 4. Blot the stain
Use a paper towel or dry absorbent towel to blot the damp spot. If it does not disappear, rub gently a little, but so that the stain does not smudge even more. Of all food stains, mustard stains are the hardest to remove, so a good result is not easy to achieve.
Step 5. Repeat the procedure one more time or go to another method
If the stain is at least partially transferred to the towel, then perhaps repeating the procedure a few more times, you will completely get rid of it. Do not forget that before blotting the solution, every time it needs to stay on the spot for at least five minutes.
If on the first try you do not notice the results from using such a solution, skip to the section on stubborn stains
Method 3 of 3: Removing stubborn stains
Step 1. First test the product on an inconspicuous spot on the stained object
The following products are more effective than the ones described above, but they will not only remove the stain, but can also damage the upholstery or carpet. If you are concerned about how these products might affect the color and material quality of the stained object, try the product on an inconspicuous area first. After 10 minutes, blot the product with a towel and see if the material has been damaged.
Step 2. Apply a mixture of rubbing alcohol and dishwashing detergent
Mix 3 parts liquid dish soap and 1 part rubbing alcohol. After 10 minutes, rinse off the mixture with hot water or pat dry with a towel. Then wash the item as usual. Alcohol is a powerful solvent, so the oils in mustard must dissolve in this alcohol mixture.
- Liquid glycerin or "glycerol" has similar properties and can be used as well.
- note: If you use this method to clean your clothes, put a towel or other absorbent material underneath it first. The alcohol solution will seep through the fabric immediately.
Step 3. Apply the same mustard to the stain and try cleaning again
While this may not always help, sometimes the stain is easier to remove by applying a fresh source of contamination. Apply mustard and wait 5 minutes, then blot thoroughly with a towel and repeat one of the methods described in the section on clothing or furniture.
- Use the same brand of mustard from the brand that you put on the stain: oils and turmeric with the same ingredients can dissolve the stain.
- note: Try to apply mustard evenly over the stain and do not rub it further while blotting. Do not test the effect of "freshly applied mustard" on a small patch of material.
Step 4. Try using a mixture of white vinegar and water
Add 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water and apply this mixture with a spray bottle or sponge. Blot with a damp towel after 10 minutes. Wash your clothes. Vinegar is not as good at removing stains as alcohol and powder do, but due to its different chemical properties, vinegar can deal with stains that other products have not.
Step 5. Brighten the stain with hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide can tarnish or discolor, but it is sometimes used to remove stains from carpets. Leave 3% hydrogen peroxide on the stain for one hour. Blot with a dry towel and repeat the procedure if necessary. In the light, hydrogen peroxide turns into water, so you don't need to rinse anything.