Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is an annual festival celebrated all over India. It is a festive celebration of the coming of spring as well as commemorating events in Hindu mythology. During this festival, colored powders are thrown at family and friends as part of the celebration. However, this part of the tradition makes other people hesitant in celebrating Holi. Color powder is a bit difficult to get off your hair, skin, and especially your clothes.
Whether you’re a willing participant or are caught by surprise by a color bomb, here are some ways to get the stains out of your clothes.
If your clothes are white, you can just soak it in non-chlorinated bleach and warm water. Just be sure to wash it separately from other clothes to avoid staining your whole wardrobe.
2. White Vinegar
In two liters of cold water, add 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent. The acidity of the vinegar will help in dislodging the colors from the fabric.
3. Window Cleaner
If detergent isn’t enough, you may try using a clear ammonia-based window cleaner. Spray it on the stain and let stand for 15-20 minutes. Blot with a clean cloth or some paper towels, rinse with cold water and wash as usual.
4. Lemon Juice
Soak the stain in some lemon juice for 15 minutes and scrub lightly. Just like the vinegar, the acidity will help counteract the chemicals in the stain.
5. Methylated Spirits
Apply some undiluted alcohol onto the stain and rinse thoroughly in cold water. You can now wash it as usual.
6. Hydrogen Peroxide
Combine a teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide with some cream of tartar to make a paste. You can then rub the paste onto the stain and rub with a soft cloth.
Of course, the best way would be to not get any powder on your clothes, but that would just take the fun out of Holi. Stained clothes should be washed as soon as possible but remember to separate your stained clothes with your regular load of laundry to prevent leaching of colors onto your other garments. And when stubborn stains refuse to disappear, don’t be discouraged. You can always discard them or keep them as a reminder of the fun time you had with family and friends!