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Mustard Stain Removal From Clothes

Mustard stains are tough to remove because of a yellow dye called turmeric, which is found naturally in mustard seeds and is also added to mustard during manufacturing to enhance the yellow color. As with most stains, the key to successfully removing a mustard stain is acting fast.

Turmeric, a yellow dye in mustard, makes stains tough to remove.

Tip

For best results, treat the stain as soon as possible. You may need to repeat the method more than once, or try both methods if the first try is unsuccessful.

Mustard stains are tough to remove because of a yellow dye called turmeric, which is found naturally in mustard seeds and is also added to mustard during manufacturing to enhance the yellow color.  As with most stains, the key to successfully removing a mustard stain is acting fast. Although many household cleaners are used for stain removal, ammonia and ammonia-based products should never be used on a mustard stain as ammonia reacts adversely with turmeric and causes the stain to set permanently. 

Alcohol-Dish Detergent Method

  1. Scrape off excess mustard with the plastic knife. Place the stained garment on a towel.
  2. Mix 1 tbsp. of rubbing alcohol with 3 tbsp. of liquid dish detergent, and pour on the stain. Leave for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse well with hot water, then launder as usual.

Vinegar-Water-Dish Detergent Method

  1. Scrape off excess mustard with the plastic knife. Place the stained garment on a towel.
  2. Mix ½ cup warm water, ½ cup liquid dish detergent and several drop of white vinegar and pour on the stain. Leave for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse well with hot water, then launder as usual.

About the Author

Jess Jones has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has been a featured contributing writer for "Curve Magazine" and she teaches English composition at a small college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in English language and literature in 2002.