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The art of removing Asian food stains


Asian foods like curry and kim chi are delicious, but they are less enjoyable when they end up on clothing. They can be pretty stubborn, but thankfully appliances like the Electrolux Stainwand offer a hi-tech solution, using ultrasound to shake stain particles loose without damaging the fabric. Combine that with a bit of know-how, and there’s no need to throw your clothes out.


Curry stains

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Curry may be delicious, but it can be a pain to get it out of clothes.

Curry leaves an extremely visible stain and needs to be treated quickly. Scrape off any excess curry, taking extra care not to spread the stain.


Hold it under lukewarm running water until it runs clear. Make sure it’s not hot. Mix one part glycerine with one part water and rub the mixture into the stain. Leave for 10-30 minutes before rinsing. Alternatively, use the Electrolux Stainwand on the stain.


Soak it in a biological detergent that contains enzymes before laundering as normal. It is best to air dry the clothing until you are sure the stain is gone.


Soy sauce


One of the most common Asian food condiments, soy sauce can be tricky to get out once it spills. Start by using a clean cloth or paper towel to soak up as much of the sauce as possible. Do not rub the stain.


Run cold water over the stain from the back of it. Apply liquid detergent to the affected area. Rub it gently in with your fingers. Use a dash of white vinegar and lemon juice on the stain and work it into the fabric.


The Electrolux Stainwand gets any stain out without damaging the fabric.

Use the Electrolux Stainwand on the stain before rinsing it again. Launder the clothing in the washing machine with liquid detergent. Make sure the stain is gone before the clothing dries. If it’s still there, repeat the washing process.


Kim chi

This popular Korean appetizer is a fermented cabbage made from red chili powder, garlic and other ingredients, leaving a bright orange-red stain that can be hard to get out.


To treat, rub a detergent with enzymes in it on the stain before using the Electrolux Stainwand on it. If you don’t have such a detergent, consider using onion juice or liquefied meat tenderizer instead. Leave the clothing overnight before laundering the next day in lukewarm water.

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