Sometimes, if you’re like me, you end up with curry stains on clothing or tablecloths, particularly after a particularly lively curry take-away dinner. The yellow stain, left behind by turmeric, is nearly impossible to get out with detergent, but I have a discovered a trick to this. A friend from India told me that her mother leaves the stain out to bleach in the sun for a few hours and then washes out the oil stain as normal. Eager to try this, I stuck a tablecloth with a big curry stain on it outside the next time the sun was bright and, lo and behold, the stain is gone! An oil stain is left behind, but I can get at that with shampoo.
Apparently, the dye in turmeric is reactive with the sun, and fades if it hasn’t been set by ammonia. Who knew?