Have you stained your best white shirt with a dollop of vindaloo? Or dropped a forkful of korma on to your landlord's cream carpet?

While many of us will be tucking into a curry this National Curry Week, spices such as turmeric and paprika can make curry stains a nightmare to remove. Not to mention the smell, which seems to linger no matter how many scented candles you burn.

We've rounded up a few of the best tips for removing curry stains and smells from your home.

Just don't forget to test any cleaners or solutions on a small, inconspicuous area first!

Stains

Clothing

  1. Use a spoon or knife to scrape off any excess curry from the fabric, being careful not the spread the stain further.

  2. Gently rub the stain with a prewash stain remover, like Vanish Gold for Whites Powder.

  3. Leave the stain remover for as long as instructed on the label.

  4. Wash on a high temperature with your usual washing detergent and another scoop of stain remover.

OR

  1. If you don't have any prewash stain remover, try slicing a lemon in half and squeezing it on to the stain.

  2. Leave the lemon juice to soak for half an hour.

  3. Finish by washing your clothes as normal.


Carpet

  1. Use a spoon or knife to scrape off as much curry as possible from the stained area, being careful not to spread the stain further.

  2. Lightly spray the area with a carpet cleaner, like 1001 Trouble Shooter Ultra, and wait a few moments.

  3. Rub the cleaner into the stained area from the outside to the centre with a damp, white cloth.

  4. Blot any excess liquid with a dry cloth.

  5. Sponge the area with plain, cold water and blot dry.

  6. Vacuum the carpet when dry.

OR

  1. Use a spoon or knife to scrape off as much curry as possible, being careful not to spread the stain further.

  2. If you don't have any carpet cleaner, try mixing one tablespoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of cool water.

  3. Using a clean, white cloth, sponge the stain with the solution.

  4. Continue to blot the stain until the liquid is absorbed.

  5. Repeat steps 3-4 until the curry stain is removed.

  6. If that completely removes the curry stains, you should get plain, cold water and a clean, white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry. If not, blot the stain with rubbing alcohol, and follow the instructions above.



Kitchen surfaces

  1. Mix water and bicarbonate of soda together to form a paste.

  2. Apply to the stain and rub gently with a soft cloth.

  3. Rinse and repeat as necessary.


Upholstery

  1. Use a spoon or knife to scrape off as much curry as possible, being careful not to spread the stain further.

  2. Mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of cool water.

  3. Using a clean, white cloth, sponge the stain with the solution.

  4. Continue to blot the stain until the liquid is absorbed.

  5. Repeat steps 3-4 until the curry stain is removed.

  6. If that completely removes the curry stains, you should get plain, cold water and a clean, white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry. If not, blot the stain with rubbing alcohol, and follow the instructions above.



Smells

Hands

  1. Scrub your hands with a freshly cut lemon or lime.

  2. Finish by washing your hands with soap and water as normal.


Kitchen

  1. Mix one cup of water with two tablespoons of white vinegar in a spray bottle.

  2. Spray the kitchen with the solution, paying close attention to areas of built-up grease, like the oven, hob and tiles around your oven.

  3. Keep the windows open to let the room air-dry.

AND

  1. Put two cups of water in a pot on the stove and bring it to a boil.

  2. Add fragrant ingredients, like vanilla beans or vanilla extract, and turn the heat down to a simmer.

  3. Allow the mixture to simmer for at least one hour.