How to Remove Curry Stains

It’s no surprise how much Brits love curry. Often considered our true ‘national dish’, we even celebrate National Curry Week in October each year! Curries are renowned for being packed full of flavour, often with ingredients such as chilli powder, turmeric, tomato and oil – however, sadly, it’s these vibrant spices that can leave a lasting stain on your favourite clothes. But, don’t despair! With Vanish, curry stains can be a long-forgotten issue, as the powerful formula can tackle even the toughest of stains.

For the best results, we recommend a three-step process to remove your curry-stained items: pre-treat or soak and wash as usual. For coloured clothes use Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder and to for your whites, use Vanish Gold Oxi Action Crystal White Powder

Read on for more information on how to remove curry stains.



Removing curry stains with Vanish

With Vanish, curry stain removal has never been so easy, especially if you act fast when trying to remove the stain. If you’re dealing with coloured clothes, use Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder to pre-treat the stain by following these steps:

Step 1 Mix 1/4 scoop of powder with 3/4 scoop of water (max 40°) into a paste

Step 2 Gently rub the stain as required using the knobbly base of the scoop

Step 3 Leave the paste on the stain for 5 minutes (max)

Step 4 Wash as usual with your detergent and add another scoop of Vanish

Is your stain still visible? Give your garment a soak in a scoop of Vanish powder in 4L of warm or cold water (max 40°). Leave it to soak for 1 hour (max) for coloured clothes or 6 hours (max) for whites. Then, wash with your usual detergent and an extra scoop of Vanish.

How to remove curry stains from cotton

People are often wary of stain removal on cotton as it can be a delicate fabric, but rest assured you can treat it with Vanish just as you would another item of clothing.


Always follow the usage instructions on the Vanish packaging. Do not use on wool, silk or leather.


Scrape away if it’s a fresh stain, scrape as much curry residue as possible off your garment before you start to treat it.

Check before you dry Always check the stain has vanished before you put it in the dryer. This avoids setting the stain, which decreases your chances of fully removing that bright coloured stain!


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If you’re looking to remove other tricky food stains like chocolate, have a read of our article on how to remove chocolate stains.


General Advice

  • Always follow washing instructions on garment or fabric care label.
  • Before use check for colour fastness by testing a hidden area of the fabric.
  • Rinse and allow to dry.
  • After washing or treating garments with Vanish Gold, dry away from sources of direct heat and direct sunlight.
  • When using Vanish to pre-treat, use lukewarm water.
  • For best results it may be necessary to repeat parts of the process.
  • Do not use on garments requiring dry cleaning.
  • Do not pour the product on any metallic parts of the garments (e.g. buttons, zips).
  • Do not expose pre-treated or soaked garments to sources of direct heat or direct sunlight before washing or rinsing thoroughly.
  • Do not leave the product to dry on garments (maximum 10 minutes contact time).