Will Turmeric Stain Your Bathtub?


Turmeric is one of my favorite bath additives. When I first started using it, I was concerned it might stain the tub.

 

my milk and honey bath

 

Turmeric might stain your bathtub. It depends on how long you leave the water in the tub and how much turmeric you add to your bath. While a 20-minute soak in ½ cup or less of turmeric is unlikely to stain your bathtub, it’s wise to clean your tub with a baking soda solution immediately after you bathe. 

Let’s explore the best way to clean your bathtub to prevent stains, the benefits of using turmeric in the bathtub, and a turmeric bath recipe.

 

How to Clean Your Tub So It Won’t Stain

 

 

Immediately after bathing in turmeric, drain the water and inspect your tub basin in good light. If you notice any staining, apply a baking soda solution for 10-20 minutes. (If I’ve taken the turmeric bath before bed, I’ll just go to sleep and rinse it out in the morning.) Then scrub with a soft sponge or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. (If you’ve never used Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, you are definitely missing out. Theis cleaning aid really is practically magic — and very inexpensive, too.) Next, rinse the solution and dry with a soft microfiber cloth.

It’s always best to know your bathtub material, in order to find the most effective cleaning solution. Is your tub made from one of these common materials?

  • Fiberglass
  • Acrylic
  • Porcelain-Enameled Steel
  • Porcelain-Enameled Cast Iron
  • Wood
  • Copper
  • Stone
  • Stone Resin

If you’re not sure what material your tub is made from, check out this guide to cleaning your tub. It will show you a quick test you can do to figure it out. I had no idea if my tub was fiberglass or acrylic, but this information helped me figure it out in about 10 seconds.

 

Baking Soda Cleaning Solutions

Tub MaterialCleaning Solution
FiberglassMix 2 parts baking soda, 1 part warm water
AcrylicMix 2 parts baking soda, 1 part warm water
Porcelain Enameled SteelMix ½ cup baking soda, 2 cups warm water, ¼ cup dishwashing detergent
Porcelain Enameled Cast IronMix ½ cup baking soda, 2 cups warm water, ¼ cup dishwashing detergent
Stone ResinDon’t use baking soda. See manufacturer’s instructions

One important note: While baking soda can be effective on most bathtub materials, it may damage the finish on a stone resin tub. For a stone resin bathtub, consult the manufacturer’s instructions for the best way to scrub stains.

 

Watch Out for Your Towels, Bath Mat and Floor

 

Turmeric will stain light-colored towels or a light-colored bath mat. In fact, in ancient times, turmeric powder was used specifically to dye fabrics. With that caution, you’ll want to plan ahead and find a dark-colored towel to use when you step out of the tub. And avoid stepping on your mat.

 

How to Clean Turmeric Stains on Towels

 

If you do accidentally stain your towels, my immediate impulse would be to soak them in hot water. But that would be a bad move! Hot water can set the stain. Instead, soak your towel in cold water mixed with a mild detergent for a half hour. Then wash normally. Do the same if you stain a fabric bath mat.

 

Plan Ahead to Prevent Stains

 

The best thing to do is to plan ahead. Think about where you will step when you get out of the tub. If you have an old towel or dish rag to step on that works well. Then immediately wipe your hands and the bottom of your feet with a dark-colored towel or some rag. This way, you won’t risk staining anything you care about. And have your baking soda and sponge ready.

Benefits of Using Turmeric in the Tub

 

Turmeric is a root vegetable. Because of its beautiful golden color, ancient Indian culture associates the root with fertility and prosperity, and it to this day, it continues to be used on a bride’s skin before the wedding.

Even today, turmeric is used in cosmetics and other agents applied to the skin. The active ingredient, curcumin, has antibacterial properties. Not only can it help alleviate a breakout, but also it can calm blotchy, red skin. Soaking in turmeric in the tub can leave your skin with a beautiful glow.

In addition to cosmetic effects, turmeric is anti-inflammatory and is reported to be helpful for arthritis. Taken orally, studies show that turmeric prevented rheumatoid arthritis in lab animals.

 

Bath Recipe with Turmeric

 

There are several bath recipes that you can make using turmeric:

 

The Basic Turmeric Bath Recipe

 

The easiest way to use turmeric in the tub is to fill your tub with warm water and mix in ½ cup turmeric. Then soak for 20 minutes. 

 

A Milk and Honey Bath Recipe with Turmeric

 

If you’re looking for a more decadent bath recipe, I suggest this incredible milk and honey bath recipe with turmeric and ginger. Every ingredient in this recipe serves a purpose. The turmeric will give your bath a luxurious golden hue. Beyond that, it will make your skin glow, while the ginger will detoxify you (and cause you to sweat a bit). 

The smell of orange peel will reduce your stress and the frankincense can join the turmeric to help alleviate any joint pain. Finally, the milk will help exfoliate your skin while the honey will moisturize it.

 

Ingredients

 

 

Directions

 

  1. Put honey into a dish and microwave it for about 15 seconds. You want to warm it but not make it hot, so check every 10 additional seconds. The idea is to get it into a state where it can more easily dissolve into your tub water, but you don’t want to ruin the amazing emollient and healing properties of the raw honey.
  2. Next, mix honey into a mug of coconut milk. Stir in dried turmeric and dried ginger.
  3. Add 30 drops frankincense essential oil.
  4. Fill tub with hot water. Add mixture and stir with hand. 
  5. Toss in a handful of strawflowers and gomphrena globosa flowers.
  6. Slip into the tub and relax!

 

A Customized Turmeric Bath Recipe

 

You can combine turmeric with other kitchen spices and ingredients to give yourself the exact healing formula that you need. For much more information about various types of milk, honey, spices and fruit peels to use in your tub, read this post.

 

So Is Taking a Turmeric Bath Worth It?

 

woman relaxes in a tub with lit candles on ledge

 

As long as you’ve got your cleaning solution at the ready—as well as a dark-colored or older towel you don’t mind staining—you’ll get all the upside and avoid any permanent staining. Then you can experience the glow that ancient people experienced by using this golden spice. And who knows!? You may even enjoy the blessings of fertility and prosperity, too!

 

Shana

Shana Burg is a bath enthusiast, content strategist, and award-winning writer. She is the founder of bathtubber.com.

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